“To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native.
Godley’s treatment plan at Reach Health Services, one of 20 opioid treatment centers in Baltimore that provide methadone and other addiction medications, is intensive. He talks to his behavioral health counselor several times a week, sees a psychologist to help manage his anger and gets regular medical checkups at an on-site clinic. The combination of medication and monthly or weekly counseling or group classes has been shown to be effective at keeping most patients away from heroin and other drugs for six months to a year.
But, like Godley, a small percentage of patients need counseling that is more intensive, said Reach’s medical director, Yngvild Olsen.
A growing consensus among medical researchers that patients who receive a combination of addiction medication and counseling that is tailored to their needs fare better than those who receive little or no counseling is leading to a change in policy in Maryland.”
Source: FrederickNewsPost.com – December 6, 2016