MRS Treatment Philosophy
The philosophy of MRS is that opioid addiction is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease that may require a long-term period of methadone maintenance treatment. Methadone is a synthetic, long-acting opioid drug which, when taken in a medically approved manner, assists addicted individuals in stabilizing their addictive disease and allows them to begin taking the steps necessary to achieve a mature and productive lifestyle, free of substance abuse. The recovery process involves not only stabilization of the physiological addiction, but must address each client's physical, mental and emotional needs.
Whatever conditions may lead to opiate exposure, opiate dependence is a brain-related disorder with the requisite characteristics of a medical illness.
Recovery from addiction requires behavioral changes. Stabilizing an addict with a medically appropriate dose of methadone reduces the craving for opioids and allows the addict to focus on the steps he or she needs to take to begin making these changes. The goal of MRS is to assist our clients in the recovery process by providing the treatment services appropriate to their needs so that they can succeed in treatment.
MRS provides comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment services through medication, individualized treatment planning, health and addiction education classes, and individual and group counseling so as to address each client's medical, psychiatric, vocational, and educational needs. Referrals to self-help groups and other community resources are also valuable tools that we employ in the therapeutic process. By addressing the specific needs of our clients, MRS is able to assist them in achieving their goals.
Simply stated, the goal of MRS is to assist our clients in achieving a mature and productive lifestyle, free of substance abuse.
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After you enroll in treatment, you'll attend Orientation classes. The purpose of the classes is to acquaint you with MRS policies and procedures and to help you learn about methadone treatment. The classes also cover various aspects of addiction and addiction treatment, different types of drugs and their interactions with methadone, as well as health topics such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and TB.
Methadone maintenance treatment helps clients to reduce high risk behaviors like needle sharing and unsafe sex.
As soon as you enroll in treatment, you'll be assigned a Case Manager. You'll check-in with your case manager every day for the first week or until you feel comfortable. Your case manager is there to assist you if you need a dose adjustment, or need to schedule an appointment with the doctor, and will be able to answer any questions you have about your treatment at MRS.
After you have stabilized and are receiving an adequate dose, you will meet with your case manager weekly and begin working on developing a treatment plan. If you feel you need to meet with your case manager more frequently, additional time will be scheduled for you.
MRS staff facilitate a variety of groups per week including one held on Tuesdays specifically tailored to Women. Groups are currently held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Attendance at these group meetings isn't mandatory. We realize that some clients cannot take the time away from work to attend a group and that other clients may already be involved in a support group.
As part of our philosophy of Client-Oriented Treatment, we try to assist you in finding a recovery plan that works for you. We realize that some clients just don't do well in peer group counseling and that involvement in a 12 Step Group or going to church with their family might be the most effective recovery support system. Your Case Manager will work with you to develop a recovery plan that will provide you with the tools you need to be successful and to stop abusing drugs.
MRS Nurses can help you with many health care issues and other addiction-related health concerns you may have. Our Medical Director is Board Certified and on-site multiple times per month to actively participate in clients' recovery.