- Q: How does the medication work?
The purpose of Methadone and Buprenorphine medication is to ease the withdrawals and cravings a person feels once becoming opioid dependent. When a patient comes into the clinic they work with the medical team in finding a dose amount that helps them function. After a period of taking medication, the client is given the option to begin their taper process. Ultimately the goal of the patient is to slowly taper off of the medication safely. Counseling is an important part of the program, alongside medication, because patients learn how to cope with triggers as they are tapering off of all medications and progressing in their recovery process.
- Q: How much does the program cost?
The Methadone program costs $17 per day. The Buprenorphine program costs $23 per day. These program costs include medication, counseling, required drug testing and required medical visits at BSMC.
- Q: How long does the program last?
The DEA recommends a 2 year taper plan. This taper plan differs from patient to patient depending on their history of use. Each plan is tailored to fit individual patients according to their history of use and current needs. Studies show that long term treatment provides a more successful recovery. Short term tapers typically do not allow enough time for the brain to heal and patient to develop new habits required in the recovery process.
- Q: What kind of counseling is offered?
BrookStone Medical offers one on one counseling by appointment as well as group meetings. Currently group meetings take place on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Please call in and speak with a team member to receive specific times for group meetings. Group meetings are open to family, friends and community members to join. One on one counseling is exclusive for current patients in treatment.
- Q: What do I need to do to get started?
To begin the Medically Assisted Program, please call in and speak with a team member to schedule and appointment. Intake appointments take approximately 1-2 hours. When you come in for your appointment, please bring a verification of identity (drivers license, birth certificate, etc.)