How Serenity Oaks Can Help
Our outpatient treatment team will work with each patient to create a treatment plan suited for his or her specific needs and schedule. At Serenity Oaks, our mission is recovery, rehabilitation and restoration.
Our doctor will meet with you for an initial consultation to learn more about you, discuss your history, and come up with a game plan to tackle your recovery.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine is typically started and prescribed during this initial evaluation. Counseling and education will be provided to you, including detailed instructions on how and when to take the medication.
We follow up with our patients monthly. Those who are needing additional care or supervision are able to visit weekly. The intention of suboxone treatment is to be able to monitor less frequently (treatment in a methadone program requires daily or weekly visits).
We know patients who start suboxone treatment would prefer to get off of it entirely. We understand this sentiment but also recognize most of our patients have already tried to stop opioid use without success.
We believe a more realistic goal is for people to take buprenorphine therapy long-term, or at least until a cure is identified. This allows for stability rather than uncertainty and chaos.
Recovery begins with a screening evaluation by phone with our staff. We screen our patients to determine if a higher level of care is needed, and to avoid unnecessary costs to the patient who may not be a candidate for outpatient treatment.
Please call to speak with our Staff
Those who are good candidates for treatment in our program will be scheduled for their first physician encounter. The physician will need in depth information about your psychiatric and medical history to formulate your diagnoses and treatment plan.
When appropriate, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine is typically started on the day of the initial evaluation. The physician will provide counseling and education and answer your questions. The prescription will be sent to the pharmacy by the physician on your behalf, and the physician will provide detailed instructions on how and when to take it.
We follow our patients monthly. Those who are needing additional care or supervision are able to visit weekly, however, the intention of treating patients with suboxone is to be able to monitor less frequently. (Treatment in a methadone program requires daily or weekly visits.)
Every patient who starts treatment with suboxone actually would prefer to get off of it entirely. We understand that sentiment, but also recognize that patients who are coming to our program have already tried to stop their opiate use without success. We believe a more realistic goal is for people to take buprenorphine therapy long-term, at least until a cure is identified. This allows for stability rather than uncertainty and chaos.
THERE IS HOPE
The Numbers and Path of Opioid Abuse
In 2015, 20.5 million Americans aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder. Of those, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers. Whether prescription painkillers are obtained from a relative / friend or prescribed by a doctor, repeated misuse of opioids creates an increased tolerance for the drugs. Once reliant upon opioids, many people turn to additional doctors, the black market or even switch to cheaper substitutes like heroin.
From Every Path of Life
Opioid abuse and addiction impacts people from all walks of life – teachers, parents, cashiers, bankers, the young, the old, men and women – yet the stigma of addiction prevents many individuals from acknowledging the problem and seeking help. Many who have used opioids for an extended period of time experience altered brain chemistry due to the chemical addiction and rely on the drugs to function normally. Those who have become dependent upon opioids may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms without opioids.
Rehabilitation for the Long-Term
The outpatient opioid addiction service at Serenity Oaks are designed to not only assist in managing the symptoms of withdrawal but to also provide long-term recovery and continued rehabilitation. Over time we expect our patients to grow and their needs to evolve, and we tailor our therapy to the appropriate stage of recovery.
Opioid abuse has become an epidemic in the U.S. with both prescription and illicit opioid addiction and overdose on the rise for the last two decades. As opioids are misused, the drugs chemically interact with opioid receptors on the nerve cells, in the brain and in the nervous system. The drugs initially produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain, but over time opioids alter the chemical makeup of the brain, making the body dependent on the drug. Chemical dependence is a chronic and progressive disease that, if left untreated, can lead to physical, psychological and societal deterioration. Addiction can also be fatal.
The disease of addiction harms not only the individual but also impacts those closest to them – family, friends and loved ones. In addition, opioid addiction negatively affects countless aspects of one’s life including employment, finances, education, and community standing.