Methadone Clinics Dubuque IA

Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction. Read on for more.

Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Turning Point Treatment Center
250 Mercy Drive, 2nd Floor,
Dubuque, IA52001
(563) 589-8000
www.mercydubuque.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(563) 589-8290

Hotline Phone Numbers: (563) 589-8280

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Specializing in Adolescents

Here are some additional facts so you can get to know us better:
A not for profit Catholic hospital
Beds:
Beds for 263 patients at Mercy - Dubuque
Beds for 25 patients at Mercy - Dyersville, a critical access hospital
Beds for 40 residents at Oak Crest Manor at Mercy - Dyersville.
Staff: More than 1,200 employees and medical staff of 230
Volume: 55,000 inpatients and outpatients annually
Service area: Dubuque, Iowa and surrounding counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin
Accreditation: The Joint Commission
Recognition: MagnetTM designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2004 & re-designation in 2009, and named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2008 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.
Mercy Medical Center is a member of Mercy Health Network in Iowa, and is a Ministry Organization of Trinity Health based in Novi, Michigan.
Substance Abuse Services Center Inc
799 Main Street, Suite 110,
Dubuque, IA52001
(563) 582-3784
www.sasc-dbq.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE), Access to Recovery

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Portuguese, Spanish

Specializing in Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

SASC is located in the beautiful Mississippi River valley in Dubuque, Iowa. Since 1975, SASC has been providing services to individuals and families in the tri-state area.
SASC is a not-for-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of citizens of Dubuque and Delaware Counties in Iowa. SASC is licensed both as a Substance Abuse Treatment Program and as a Problem Gambling Treatment Program by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Our Mission - our ultimate purpose
To provide quality counseling, education, and support services to address alcohol, drug, and gambling concerns while promoting physical and mental wellness.
Our Vision - what we aspire to do
We will work together everyday with integrity and compassion to provide a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care and to be recognized as a provider of choice.
Sojourn House Inc
706 South West Street,
Galena, IL61036
(815) 777-1104
www.sojournhouse.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(815) 232-5121

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

Sojourn House, Inc. provides confidential, comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment and counseling services to adolescents, adults, and their families, empowering them to achieve productive and healthy lives.

Our mission is achieved by:

Deploying state-of-the-art treatment through skilled professional services.
Spearheading community-based programs on issues of substance abuse.
Total dedication to client/family health and well being.

Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment for Heroin Addicts?

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Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment For Heroin Addicts?

Ericka Lear

Friday, September 14, 2007 Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction.

Public perception tends to fall behind on medical acceptance; until recently, the general consensus on depression and other mental health disorders was one of character defect, a flaw in willpower, or just plain laziness (i.e. "If they would just get up and start doing something, they'd be fine.") Many people still avidly believe today that addiction is only caused through choice and that society should not be responsible for the poor choices of another person. Interestingly, it should be noted that many medical disorders which plague our society are primarily based on a poor choice. Heart disease, differing types of cancers, diabetes (especially type II), and AIDS occur when the afflicted makes a choice in life which negatively affects health. Knowing this, it is interesting to see the differences in attitudes between the aforementioned diseases and addiction. How many people would turn out for a Relay for Life to fight addiction, or a telethon to raise money to improve addiction treatment?

That being said, methadone is currently considered by the medical community to be the gold standard for opiate addiction treatment. Why? It seems odd that physicians would treat heroin/opiate addiction with a synthetic opiate and those ignorant to the mechanics and progression of addiction believe that it is just trading one addiction for another.

The first problem we come across publicly is the tendency to combine dependence and addiction into one group. Dependence is when a patient ceases taking medication, when to do so causes a set of aggravating abnormal effects of withdrawal. It can be fatal in some medications when abruptly ceased. Addiction has a component of dependence within it, however there is an all-encompassing attribute of behavioral, physical, and emotional changes that occur specifically with it that does not occur when just dependent.

Next, the advent of the MRI proved the postulating theory of Dr Vincent Dole and Dr Marie Nyswander; that opiate addiction is a metabolic disorder which causes multiple changes in the brain and body which can be permanent. Opiates, when artificially administered with no source of physical pain, causes a decrease or cessation of endorphin function. Endorphins are chemicals that are released by the body that help to regulate a number of processes, most notably mood, sleep, motivation, stress, sexual drive, and hunger. When a disruption occurs in the system, then ra...

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