Addiction Recovery

The CMH Addiction Recovery Program assists in opiate and alcohol recovery by offering a highly specialized substance abuse treatment program.

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Patients share in the decision making process involving goals and strategies for change. This addiction program is designed to lead patients to physical and psychosocial wellness. The treatment program is available by appointment only. The initial clinical assessment entails a detailed bio-psycho-social history, conducted by a qualified substance abuse counselor. During the one-on-one interview, the counselor helps identify how a person’s major life areas have been adversely affected by chemical use and works with the program physician to help develop a case-specific treatment plan based on the individuals particular needs and strengths. Medical assessment, including labs and drug screens, are ordered and evaluated by Kurt Bravata, M.D., board certified family medicine physician. A customized medical treatment plan is established and patients are seen regularly through the next 12 months.

Medically Assisted Treatment
The CMH Addiction Recovery Program utilizes two primary medications including Vivitrol  (Depot Naltrexone) and Oral Naltrexone to curb cravings. Vivitrol and oral Naltrexone have been shown to effectively treat alcohol and opioid dependence when used as part of a treatment program that includes counseling and support. Although we have used other medications, such as Campral (acamprosate) as part of our treatment, the addiction recovery program does not administer Suboxone or Methadone at this time.

To learn more about the CMH Addiction Recovery Program, contact Dallas County Family Medical Center.

Services Offered
  • Qualification: Patients must have an opiate/narcotic or alcohol addiction and be able to be substance-free for 7 days before receiving treatment
  • Patients interested in opiate or alcohol abuse treatment may self-schedule or obtain a referral from their healthcare provider (preferred)
  • Appointments will be made at Dallas County Family Medical Center on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Initial intake visits will be with a qualified substance abuse counselor, who will assess the patient's needs and develop a treatment plan
  • All patients that qualify for treatment will obtain an appointment with a physician no sooner than 7-10 days of their last alcohol or opiate use
  • Patients must be free of any active liver disease and cannot be pregnant, so both liver function tests and pregnancy tests (for females) should be expected
  • Drug and alcohol screens will be obtained on all patients at the beginning of the program and then randomly during subsequent visits with the treating physician
  • Patients who have been cleared by the substance abuse counselor and have negative drug/ alcohol screens, will receive oral naltrexone for up to 2 weeks, followed by an intramuscular gluteal injection of Vivitrol every 28 days.
  • For patients who have active liver disease, Campral (acaprosate) or another approved non-hepatotoxic medication may be prescribed in place of Vivitrol.
  • It is understood that on rare occasions patients may have the occasional "slip-up"; however, no Vivitrol will be given until 7 days following a positive drug/alcohol screen
  • All patients will see the treating physician monthly; however, the frequency of visits with the substance abuse counselor will be based on a personalized treatment plan
  • A pattern of recurrent non-compliance with treatment, by missing appointments, or frequent positive drug/alcohol screens may be grounds for dismissal from the program
  • We want all patients to succeed and are willing and prepared to work with each patient in a way that best meets that patient’s particular needs and goals

Program Success
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) protocol is an evidence-based practice that combines pharmacological interventions with substance abuse counseling and social support. Although not for everyone, it is an essential part of the comprehensive array of services available to people struggling with addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Patients are provided with medication to curb cravings in conjunction with outpatient program designed to promote recovery. The CMH Addiction Recovery Program medical staff are committed to promoting consumer choice and client centered treatment. We believe that sobriety is much more than staying sober. To that end, our program looks at many important life areas including:

  • Life Skills Development
  • Addiction Education
  • Physical Health and Wellness
  • Achieving Mental Health
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