Stockton Medical Group is an outpatient, office-based Medication Assisted Treatment program specializing in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Our goals are to provide personalized, compassionate care with the necessary balance of flexibility and accountability, providing our patients with the tools to overcome the physical and psychological barriers of their addiction. Our treatment team has been working in the treatment of opioid dependence since 1994 within CATAR CLINIC, a methadone treatment program located in North Little Rock, AR. With the passage of the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) in 2000, Physicians with specialized training were permitted to treat opioid depedence in an office-based setting with the FDA approved medications, Buprenorphine and Suboxone. In 2013, Stockton Medical Group was formed to provide focused care for patients who meet the standard of care for monthly maintenance treatment. Stockton Medical is an independent treatment center working in accordance with CATAR CLINIC for a comprehensive treatment program to cover the spectrum of opioid dependency.
To be admitted into treatment, the following criteria must be met:
> Be an adult over the age of 18
> Meet the DSM-V criteria of opioid use disorder
> Must meet the outpatient standard of care.
> Provide a current and valid photo I.D. and not be enrolled in any other opioid treatment programs
We require; regular monthly drug screens, regular monthly on-site group therapy before every doctor consultation/follow-up. Additionally we frequently monitor the Prescription Monitoring Program to ensure compliance with treatment. Admitted patients must show continued evidence of working treatment to stay in the program.
Addiction is a chronic, releapsing disease. Opioid use disorder is complex due to influences by multiple factors, including genetics, environment, trauma, sociology, physiology, and individual behaviors. Other complicating factors include influence from federal, state, and private insurance regulators, and lack of understanding of the disease of addiction. Public perception is that once patients are detoxed from opioids, they should simply choose not to use. This acute care model is not appropriately applied to the chronic disease of addiction. Just as all people with hypertension or diabetes are not expected to control their chronic disease with diet and exercise alone, patients with addiction may not be able to control their disease without pharmacologic therapy. We are a maintenance program and believe in the right of the individual to partner with our clinical staff in determining their needs & options throughout treatment.
Our Treatment Philosophy
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
• reduction of opioid cravings
• minimizing debilitating withdrawal symptoms
• increased retention in addiction treatment
• reduction of risk taking behaviors
• provides stability to maintain employment
• allows for focus in addressing psychological issues in counseling
• reduction of risk for overdosing/disease transmission
• minimizing risks of relapses
• reduction of crime and healthcare spending
Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment
"is an evidence-based practice that combines pharmacological interventions with substance abuse counseling and social support."
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