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Georgia Treatment Locations: 
Woodstock | Loganville | Dallas | Cumming

Services

Services

We provide professionally supervised Methadone maintenance and medical withdrawal as a licensed Narcotic Treatment Program. Additionally, we provide buprenorphine services. As such, Brand New Start Treatment Centers provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for persons who are dependent on narcotics.

The ultimate goal of treatment at Brand New Start Treatment Centers is for the patient to live a happy and drug-free lifestyle through appropriate substance abuse counseling.

Services include, but are not limited to: individual, group, and specialized counseling; case management; crisis intervention; and the provision of comprehensive coordination of care among other providers.

Additional Services:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Urine Drug Screens
  • Physical Examinations
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Transition Planning

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Brand New Start Treatment Centers provides Medication-Assisted Treatment at each of its locations. Medication-Assisted Treatment supports patient stabilization by stopping withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Medication options include methadone, buprenorphine and Suboxone, and are chosen for each patient under the guidance of a Brand New Start physician.

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Treatments We Offer

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) is one of the longest studied and most regulated medications with over 40 years of research in treating opioid withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent persons. Today, MMT is recognized as a key component of a comprehensive opioid addiction treatment program and has solid evidence of overall effectiveness for individuals across a variety of different environments.

Medication-Assisted Treatment is a low-cost option when compared to the high cost of continued illegal drug use, inpatient or residential treatment, or the high relapse rates associated with programs that do not work for the individual.

What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment?
Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is a comprehensive treatment program that involves the long-term prescribing of methadone as a replacement for the opioid which someone is addicted to, and includes counseling, case management and other medical and psychosocial services.
What are the Benefits of MMT?
Methadone alleviates the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and is longer acting than most other opioids (24 to 36 hours). It is administered only once a day.
Am I just substituting one type of addiction for another?
Methadone has very different physical effects than heroin, morphine and other opiate drugs. It is not a drug substitute, but rather a medication used in an approved course of treatment to overcome opiate addiction. Methadone also helps patients reduce typical drug-seeking behaviors associated with opiate abuse, such as unsuccessful efforts to stop using, forsaking obligations to get more drugs, and using in spite of negative consequences.
Is methadone effective?
Methadone has been used for more than 30 years as an effective treatment for opioid addiction. Decades of scientific research have demonstrated methadone’s effectiveness. For example, a 1994 study found that rates of illegal drug use, criminal activity, and hospitalization were lower for [methadone maintenance] patients than for addicts in any other type of drug treatment program.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that weekly heroin use decreased by 69 percent among outpatient methadone maintenance patients.
What side effects will I experience if I begin taking methadone?
Studies show that there are no serious side effects associated with the medically supervised use of methadone. Some people have reported minor issues such as constipation, water retention, drowsiness, skin rash, excessive sweating, and changes in libido. But in the majority of cases, these symptoms subside once the individual finds the proper dosage for their individual needs.

Some experts compare methadone treatment to the use of insulin for individuals with diabetes. The diabetic individual is dependent upon insulin, but they are effectively managing a chronic disease using a prescribed and carefully monitored medication.

Do People Develop a Tolerance for Methadone?
Tolerance to methadone develops slowly, so people can be maintained in MMT indefinitely. If prescribed properly, methadone is considered medically safe as a treatment for opioid dependence.
Can Methadone hurt your health?
The most important consequence of methadone therapy, in fact, is the marked improvement in general health and nutritional status.
Is Methadone Injected?
No. It is taken orally in about 100 milliliters of liquid. Once the right dose is determined methadone will suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings for opioids, and reduce the euphoric effects of other opioids, such as heroin.
Can methadone cause long-term liver damage?
The liver easily metabolizes methadone. People with liver problems, including hepatitis, can safely take methadone with appropriate medical supervision.
Is methadone harder to kick than heroin or other forms of opiates?
Methadone is designed to be tapered off of. Due to the fact that methadone is long-lasting withdrawal symptoms may last longer but are milder than “cold-turkey” withdrawal. Medically supervised withdrawal is the safest and effective form of detoxification.
Will methadone show up on a drug test?
Methadone will not result in a positive test for opiates such as morphine or heroin. The only way for a company or other organization to detect methadone is to test for it specifically, which is not a common practice. People who are participating in approved methadone maintenance programs are not abusing an illegal drug. In fact, methadone patients are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which means that methadone use cannot be used to deny employment.
Will taking methadone affect my ability to drive a car?
The law does not prohibit methadone patients from operating motor vehicles or other forms of machinery. When taken as prescribed, methadone does not produce sedation or intoxication.
How can I learn more about methadone maintenance and methadone treatment programs?
For more information about methadone maintenance and methadone treatment centers, call (855) 585-6558 or complete the confidential online contact form above and a knowledgeable advisor will reach you.

Suboxone Treatment

As part of our Medically Assisted Treatment options, we offer clients who are looking to withdraw from opiates the use of Suboxone, a medication that assists in stopping withdrawal symptoms from opiate drugs such as Vicodin, heroin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and OxyContin. Our physicians assess the client’s need for Suboxone and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

What is Suboxone?
Suboxone? C-III (buprenorphine HCI/naloxone HCI dehydrate sublingual tablets) is a medicine that, together with counseling, is approved to treat opioid dependence.

Suboxone minimizes withdrawal symptoms, decreases cravings, and partially blocks the effects of other opioids.

How Does Treatment with Suboxone Work?
Suboxone (buprenophine) attaches to opioid receptors and partially blocks the effects of other opioids. What makes Suboxone (buprenophine) unique and valuable in addiction treatment is that it is a partial agonist. With daily maintenance doses, Suboxone (buprenophine) assists in keeping the brain?s opioid receptors occupied to help reduce cravings, withdrawal symptoms and block the effects of other opioids.
How Does Suboxone Help Patients?
When Suboxone (buprenophine) moves onto the opioid receptors in a dependent patient?s brain, it does three important things.

  • First, by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors, Suboxone satisfies the dependent person’s need for an opioid. This suppresses withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.
  • Second, Suboxone sticks to the brain’s receptors so that other opioids have great difficulty attaching, and it remains on the receptors for several days.
  • Finally, although all opioids lower breathing, when Suboxone is taken alone and as directed, it has an upper limit on how much it does this. This limitation is because buprenorphine is a partial agonist.
How can I learn more about methadone maintenance and methadone treatment programs?
For more information about methadone maintenance and methadone treatment centers, call (855) 585-6558 or complete the confidential online contact form above and a knowledgeable advisor will reach you.

Breaking The Cycle

There’s no question that breaking the cycle of opioid addiction is hard.

When you decide to seek help and begin your journey to a drug-free lifestyle, the Brand New Start treatment center will walk hand in hand with you through every step.

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