Treatment Center Blog

Methadone Treatment: How it Works

Methadone saves lives.

It also ends lives, if done incorrectly.

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Opioid Addiction Recovery, Baltimore Style: Cleaning Up 26ers Park Brings a Sense of Purpose

It’s hard to miss the symbolism: Former opioid addicts cleaning up the drug-infested park they once used. A park that was filled with broken glass, used needles and shattered lives.

But it is much more than just symbolism. It is real change.

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Methadone Treatment: 5 Things to Know

Opioids are in the news.

From the news conferences to talk shows to television dramas, opioids and the people affected by them are getting a lot of exposure. Methadone abuse is costing lives and money. It’s taking a toll on American society. It cannot be ignored anymore.

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Outpatient Addiction Treatment: One Success at a Time

David Cox is an IOP counselor with the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in outpatient addiction and was motivated to be a counselor because of his own experiences. David was tired of being a negative and destructive force in his community, so when his life changed, he was able to counsel others who have substance abuse issues.

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Substance Abuse: What is “Whole Person, Whole Life Treatment”?

There are many ways to treat substance abuse.

In fact, there are probably as many different treatments as there are substances. Some substance abuse treatments are successful and have stood the test of time. Many others are trendy and controversial and have not withstood research and testing.

And while the success of any substance abuse treatment truly depends on the patient receiving it, the elements of the treatment and the treatment center doing it are also crucial. It is, ultimately, a team effort.

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Interview: Alfreda Patterson, Substance Abuse Counselor

Ms. Alfreda Patterson is a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland.

She began working at CCG in 2015. Her personal experiences and deep desires to assist people motivated her to become a counselor. Especially, people who have substance abuse disorders.

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Heroin Addiction: Facts and Treatments

There is nothing positive about heroin.

It’s illegal.

It’s addictive.

It’s expensive.

It can be fatal.

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What is an “Addiction”?

“Addiction.”

It’s a word tossed around a lot these days. So much, in fact, that it may have lost its meaning.

Seems like everyone has an “addiction” to something. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex and gambling are the vices that everyone accepted as addictions. They even have groups dedicated to helping them overcome their addiction and havelife”.

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Inside Baltimore City

Today the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will take a step in a positive direction to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The HHS will announce a regulation to permit doctors to treat more patients with buprenorphine. The medication, which has been approved by the FDA for nearly 15 years, is the only drug whose prescription by a physician is limited by congress. The Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, applauded the HHS stating: “I commend HHS for making a decision based on science, not stigma.” Dr Wen explains, “When prescribed properly, medication does not create a new addiction, but rather manages a patient’s disease so that they can successfully achieve recovery.”

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