Is this an inpatient service?
No, MedMark Treatment Centers provides treatment in an outpatient setting. Patients receive medication at the clinic and attend counseling sessions on an appointment-based schedule.
Will I be able to function safely in my everyday life?
Yes, the medication is highly monitored by our medical staff to ensure that you are receiving a safe dosage. When used under medical supervision as a part of a treatment program, methadone and buprenorphine can safely be taken without any damaging side effects. In addition, at the correct dose, there is no impairment to mental function or your ability to perform daily activities.
How long will I be in treatment?
The duration of a medication-assisted treatment program is different for each patient. Some patients discharge more quickly, while others find success with longer term treatment. Research has shown that patients who stay for a year or more experience greater successes in long-term recovery than those who stay in treatment for less than a year. Should you choose to leave treatment, our staff will develop a discharge plan to help you be successful outside of the clinic.
How often do I have to come in for treatment?
Patients must come in for treatment every day at the beginning of their program to become stabilized on a medication dose and decrease the risk of relapse. Take home medication may be earned as the patient follows the policies and procedures of the program, and meets other regulatory criteria such as time in treatment and favorable drug screens.
How is my safety/privacy protected?
Is counseling required?
Counseling is required while receiving treatment at any of our MedMark clinics. It is both an integral part of any comprehensive treatment plan, and a state regulatory requirement for those seeking medication-assisted treatment. MedMark firmly believes that counseling is an essential aspect of recovery, and our professional counseling staff works to help patients overcome the underlying causes of addiction while learning new tools and coping mechanisms necessary for long-term recovery. Counseling is individualized based on patient needs and various state regulations/requirements.
Could I become addicted to the medications used in treatment?
Methadone and buprenorphine affect the same areas of the brain as other opioids, but if used as prescribed, the risk of misuse or addiction is greatly reduced.
Will this type of treatment interact with my other medications?
Methadone and buprenorphine are known to interact with some medications, so you should always speak with your doctor or counselor about any medications you are currently taking. For list of possible interactions visit: https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php
Note: It is extremely dangerous to take benzodiazepines while in a medication-assisted treatment program with either methadone or buprenorphine. In combination, benzodiazepine medications and either methadone or buprenorphine, have a high risk of causing sedation and respiratory depression which can lead to respiratory failure, overdose and death. Please communicate with your treatment provider and physician about the best way to manage your medications in a safe and effective way.
I am pregnant. Can I still come in for treatment?
MedMark provides coordinated care for expectant mothers, working with your Obstetrician or other care provider to ensure your health and the health of your baby are considered in our treatment plan. Methadone and buprenorphine have been proven to be safe for you and your baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Careful monitoring of the dosage is important during pregnancy and your newborn should be watched closely in the few days following their birth For more information, please reach out to the MedMark program nearest you where a counselor or medical professional can answer more questions about starting a medication-assisted treatment program during pregnancy.
What payment options are available?
All MedMark locations accept cash, money order and credit cards. Medicaid and commercial insurance is accepted at some locations. Please call for more information.
Can you help with other addictions to substances besides opioids?
MedMark specializes in the treatment of opioid addictions, such as pain pills and heroin. We can help you locate treatment if you have another substance use disorder.
Will methadone or buprenorphine show up on a drug screening?
Methadone and buprenorphine do not show up in a routine drug screening for opiates. In order to test positive for either methadone or buprenorphine they have to be specifically tested for, which is an uncommon practice.