Our country has an opiate epidemic! Patients often start using opioid pain medicines for a legitimate purpose, such as following a major surgery. However, after a few weeks on the medication, the patient may find they have become dependent or addicted to their medication.
With recent changes in medical culture, many are providers are now refusing to write long-term prescriptions for opiate and opioid medications, leaving their patients in withdrawal. Some of these individuals have sought out other ways to treat their addiction, such as buying pain medicine off the street, switching to heroin, or resorting to crime.
We’re here to help! Dr. Wendlandt‘s experience as a former Medical Director at a local methadone clinic has solidified his skills in addiction medicine. His non-judgmental, no-nonsense approach has been successful in helping many individuals regain their ability to lead a normal, clean life.
Addiction is not a weakness: it is a medical condition that can be treated!
Sartell Family Medicine offers treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in a comfortable, private-office setting. No daily dosing. No long lines. No triggering conversations. No judgment.
Requirements of the program:
- Patients must be a member and receive their primary care from the clinic.
- Attend a local NA group and/or meet with a counselor or psychologist for a dual diagnosis (depression, anxiety).
- Submit to routine and random urine drug screens.
- Sign medication contract (no opiates from outside facilities).
- Pass routine Prescription Monitoring Database checks.
- Refrain from other illicit substance use.
- Remain compliant with clinic appointments.
- Cannot be currently enrolled in Medicare/Medicaid insurance.
SUBOXONE® is a medication that contains both buprenorphine (a long-acting opioid) and naloxone (an opioid-reversal agent that prevents abuse of the medication). It is a film that is taken sub-lingually (under the tongue) on a daily basis to prevent opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Appropriately selected patients can be treated in a primary care physician’s office, rather than in a methadone clinic or inpatient treatment program.
More information can be found on the following website:
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State/Federal guidelines will not allow us to see patients who are receiving Medicare or Medicaid benefits.