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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that before you take the first step to get help with opioid use, there are a lot of questions about treatment that you need to have answered. We recommend reviewing this list of questions and answers that we frequently get from people just like you, and if you do not see your question listed, get in touch with us to learn more.

Note: Our frequently asked questions are for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a healthcare professional. If you have questions about our services or need to begin our treatment, please reach out to us today.

Methadone is an FDA-approved medication that is used to treat people who are struggling with opioid addiction. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, which means it reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms and prevents the effects of opioids.

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Buprenorphine and buprenorphine with naloxone, commonly known as Suboxone, are FDA-approved medications that are used to treat people with opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means it diminishes opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings and lowers the potential for misuse.

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Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an approach for treating opioid use that uses medication to reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. When combined with counseling and support, MAT is the most effective solution for opioid addiction treatment.

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While methadone and buprenorphine target the same areas of the brain as other opioids, when they are used as prescribed, there is significantly less risk for misuse, abuse and addiction.

Buprenorphine and methadone could potentially interact with other medications, so you should always speak with your provider and counselor about any medications you are currently taking so we can help manage them in a safe and effective way.

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As part of our opioid treatment programs (OTPs), you must attend individual counseling sessions while you receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT). In addition to being an important part of your treatment and recovery plan, counseling is a state and federal regulatory requirement.

During treatment, it is important to figure out why you started and continued to use opioids. Our counseling can help you change your thoughts and behaviors and learn new ways to cope with stressors. You will also discover how addiction works and how to maintain recovery.

When you start treatment, you need to come in every day so we can monitor your medication dose and help you feel stable in recovery. If you follow our policies and procedures and meet criteria like favorable drug screens and time in treatment, you can earn take home medication.
Research shows that patients who stay in treatment for at least a year are more likely to succeed in recovery than those who do not stay as long. However, the time you spend in treatment will be based on your individual needs, which you can discuss with your provider and counselor.
Since we provide treatment in an outpatient setting, you can work toward recovery without missing out on your day-to-day life. Our medical staff will help you find the right medication dose so you can perform your daily activities and obligations without any impairments or side effects.
Both methadone and buprenorphine are safe to use for medication-assisted treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. We will coordinate your treatment with other healthcare providers and connect you to social services so you and your baby remain healthy throughout the process.
Having a community in treatment can offer you accountability and motivation early in your recovery. If your relationships with family and friends are strained, you may find acceptance and compassion from your peers in group counseling, recovery meetings or other support groups.

Once we have addressed your cravings and withdrawal symptoms with medication, we can help you improve your physical, mental and emotional health by focusing on eating a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise and developing a sleep schedule.

Our programs offer guest medication services so you can receive your dose at any MedMark-affiliated location nationwide. You do not need to be our patient to use guest medication services, but there is a daily fee to receive your medication at another location.

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Our programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which ensures you receive quality treatment in a safe facility. Patient privacy is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and substance use treatment records are governed by 42 CFR Part 2
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We accept cash, credit cards, debit cards and money orders, but we do not accept personal checks. Most treatment centers also accept Medicare, state Medicaid plans, many commercial insurances, and VA coverage. Specific centers may offer grant funding to assist with payment based on eligibility criteria. Call your nearest clinic for more information.

Our programs specialize in treating addiction to fentanyl, heroin, prescription medications and other opioids. However, if you need help with other drugs, we can connect you to another facility within our network, or we can refer you to other treatment providers in your area.