Methadone Clinics Fargo ND

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.

First Step Recovery PLLP
409 7th Street South,
Fargo, ND58103
(701) 293-3384
www.firststep-recovery.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

First Step Recovery, a licensed addiction treatment facility, provides comprehensive, confidential treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependency. At First Step Recovery, we believe these are treatable illnesses, and we base our recovery program on this guiding principle:
Alcoholism and other drug dependencies are physical, emotional, social, and spiritual disorders. They are characterized by excessive, compulsive, and uncontrolled use of alcohol and other drugs that affect not only the person who is dependent but also family members and significant others.
ShareHouse Wellness Center
715 North 11th Street, Suite 204,
Moorhead, MN56560
(218) 233-6398
www.sharehouse.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(877) 294-6561

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

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

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

Located in Fargo, North Dakota, ShareHouse has been providing chemical dependency treatment services to adult men and women since 1975. ShareHouse offers intensive primary treatment and outpatient levels of care for individuals afflicted with the disease of alcohol/drug addictions. A knowledgeable and caring staff are ready to assist you and family members move toward a life of healthy recovery. Visit our programs to learn more about levels of care programming offered by ShareHouse.
Confidentiality

Confidentiality of client records will be stipulated by applicable local, state and federal statutes and regulations.

It is the policy of ShareHouse, Inc. to protect its clients in accordance with the Federal Confidentiality Regulations. At the same time, ShareHouse Inc. staff must gather all relevant data in order to help in developing effective treatment plans for clients.
Insurance Information

ShareHouse is approved by most major insurance companies. Please contact our insurance department to validate your coverage. Cindy Simmer, Director of Admissions, 701-478-9558 or 701-361-1018. ShareHouse accepts both Visa and MasterCard.
Drake Counseling Services Inc
1202 23rd Street South,
Fargo, ND58103
(701) 293-5429
www.drakecounselingservices.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Private health insurance

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

The mission of Drake Counseling Services is to provide safe and effective mental health and substance abuse treatment grounded on scientific knowledge, delivered by a multidisciplinary staff with proven expertise, and considerate of the client’s developmental, cultural, and problem specific needs.

Drake Counseling Services recognizes that decades of scientific research and clinical practice have yielded a variety of effective approaches to mental health and drug addiction treatment. Drake Counseling Services incorporates into a single model an array of treatment modalities that are evidence-based and specifically client appropriate.
Red River Recovery Center
701 Center Avenue East,
Dilworth, MN56529
(218) 284-7772
www.redriverrecovery.net

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

Specializing in Women, Men

The Red River Recovery Center is a Minnesota licensed Rule 31 treatment facility for those in need of chemical and drug rehabilitation. RRRC provides a temporary residence for up to 66 male and female clients and helps the chemically dependent re-enter the community with the support necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

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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