Methadone Clinics Lawrence KS

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.

Alpha Recovery LLC Lawrence
5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite B,
Lawrence, KS66049
(785) 842-6300
alpharecoverycenter.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

At Alpha Recovery Center, we understand the difficulties faced by individuals dealing with substance abuse or legal problems stemming from drug and alcohol related charges. Our mission is to provide an atmosphere of hope and understanding for those affected, with treatment plans focusing on sustained, positive change.
Rick Ostrander
About Alpha Recovery Center
Founded by Rick Ostrander in 1995, Alpha Recovery Center provides help for individuals in the Lawrence and Topeka communities struggling with addiction and the damaging effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Rick, who has a Masters degree in counseling and RAODAC (Registered Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor) certification, has over thirty years of experience in drug and alcohol abuse counseling.
DCCCA Inc
Lawrence
1739 East 23rd Street,
Lawrence, KS66046
(785) 830-8238
www.dccca.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

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

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

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

DCCCA Inc. began as a small outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in Lawrence, Kansas. Over the years, it has grown into a provider of quality education, prevention and treatment services for individuals and families across the State of Kansas.

For over thirty years, DCCCA has provided a variety of human services and played an active role in helping clients improve their quality of life.
What does DCCCA stand for?

DCCCA began operations in Lawrence, Kansas in the summer of 1974 as the Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism. Over the years, we became known locally as DCCCA. In 1989, our legal name was changed to DCCCA by our Board of Directors. This change was prompted by our program delivery outside of Douglas County and our program growth to include services for problems other than alcoholism.
Professional Treatment Services
3205 Clinton Parkway Court,
Lawrence, KS66047
(785) 843-5483
www.kspts.com

Intake Phone Numbers:
(785) 249-8477

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicare, 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, Women, Men

Professional Treatment Services (PTS) recognizes that chemical and behavioral addictions are diagnosable and treatable primary illnesses that negatively impact both the individual directly experiencing the addiction as well as close family members and friends. Additionally, we understand that addiction diminishes an individual’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual health thereby depleting their overall quality of life.

Our holistic approach to addictions treatment emphasizes the restoration of health in each of those major life spheres through the delivery of research based therapeutic interventions. We fundamentally believe that through the competent and passionate delivery of education our clients are able to develop new psychological insights empowering them to modify or eliminate formerly pathological behavioral responses. The Serenity Model of Recovery and 12-Step Programming are cornerstones of our treatment philosophy. Clients completing our treatment program are equipped with the essential insight and skill base to sustain their long-term recovery.

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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