Groups to offer help for opioid abuse

By: 
Monika Spaulding, Digital Editor
There has been lots of discussion on substance abuse, how it’s taking over our communities and how no one is doing anything about it.
A new treatment facility is hoping to change this perception and get help to those who need it.
Groups is a weekly group therapy program, with outpatient treatment using Suboxone. The business will open on Jim Day Road around Dec. 15.
The company started three years ago in New Hampshire and currently has 30 offices in several different states. They opened their first office in Indiana on Oct. 24, 2016. Since then, they have opened 12 more offices in the state. They plan to open five more offices in the southwest part of the state by the end of the year.
Ashley Hall, a regional manager for Indiana, said they are looking forward to coming to Salem and helping with the addiction issue.
She said people can only begin recovery when they are ready. Groups takes walk-ins and self referrals, as well as referrals from friends, Department of Child Services and more.
Intake is held only once a week. During intake, they will check Inspect Report and see what doctors the person has seen and the medicines they have been prescribed.
Groups employ proven best practices to reduce diversion and misuse. The are urine screenings, random pill counts, pharmacy consistency and prescription drug monitoring database.
Physicians are seen once a month and all are licensed substance abuse counselors.
There will be weekly group counseling and weekly drug tests. Those in the program can fail a drug test three times before they are removed.
Hall said physicians will prescribe Suboxone, but no more than 16 milligrams and they will prescribe no more than seven days worth.
With many treatment facilities being too expensive and not in the county, Groups is hoping to offer people something a little more inexpensive and closer to home. The program is self pay at $65 a week. They also accept some insurance and are working towards accepting Medicade.
“This is bringing affordable, high quality treatment local,” she said.
The program is evidence based. 
They have an 80 percent retention rate at one month. After six months, 95 percent of people attend counseling every week and 85 percent are totally abstinent from opiates.  The program is set up to be 18-24 months. It is not a long term program.
“But we will help them get the full continuum of care,” said Hall, adding that even after someone completes the program, they can come back to group therapy sessions for life.
For more information, call 1-800-683-8313.

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