Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an inpatient service?

No.  MARC provides outpatient services for opioid use disorder.  We provide medication services 7 days a week and counseling services 5 days a week.

How long will I be in treatment?

There is no standard path to recovery that fits each and every individual.  We work with each client to form a treatment plan that meets that individual’s needs. This may mean that you are able to spend only 1 to 2 years in our program, but some clients find that the support they receive through counseling and medication is part of a longer term plan.

How often will I have to come in for treatment?

There are different phases of treatment.  At the start of treatment you will be assessed and placed in phase 1 unless you are transferrring from another program.  Initially, you will have to come into the clinic to receive medication daily.  As you progress through the phases of the program you will be allowed take-home medication.  Your progress depends on your commitment to recovery.

Is counseling required?

Yes.  Counseling is an integral part of recovery.  Medication alone cannot address the underlying causes of drug addiction.  Counseling helps to address the causes of addition and provide tools to overcome those issues.  Through counseling we hope to provide each client with healthy coping strategies.

How is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is protected through two important pieces of legislation:  HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.  MARC provides copies of these documents to clients and we go over them to ensure that you feel comfortable that your privacy will be protected.  We cannot release any information about you without your signature and consent.  The only exceptions are medical emergencies, such as overdose, where we would need to let a first responder know that you are taking medication.

Is methadone safe?

Yes.  Methadone has been used in therapeutic settings such as ours for over 50 years.  It is considered the “gold standard” for treatment of opioid use disorder.  A physician will assess you at intervals to ensure that you are prescribed the optimal therapeutic dose.

Can I receive treatment if I am pregnant?

Yes!  Health professionals do not advise pregnant patients to discontinue taking methadone.  Your recovery is important to your health and the health of your baby.  There is over 50 years of data to support that taking methadone during pregnancy does not pose a risk to you or your baby.  We are happy to assist you during this time and create a recovery plan that is best for you and your baby.

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