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SUBOXONE THERAPY

SUBOXONE THERAPY

What is Suboxone? Why is it used?

Suboxone is the trade name for a combination of the medications Buprenorphine and Naloxone. It is given by mouth to reduce cravings and prevent opiate withdrawal symptoms.
The use of Suboxone has been shown to be effective therapy for opioid addiction. Rates of relapse with abstinence-based therapies have been shown to be 3 times higher than those for patients on medication assisted recovery.

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What To Expect During Treatment?

Your first visit will last approximately one hour. During this visit you will meet with an intake counselor and our Physician/Physician Extender. You will be given a prescription for Suboxone along with specific instructions, and education. You will be contacted by phone from medical staff the following day to assess your Suboxone tolerance and make necessary adjustments if needed.
After this, clinic visits are scheduled weekly. Once you are stabilized and doing well, follow up appointments are scheduled once monthly. At follow up visits you are seen by your counselor and/or physician, a urine drug screen is performed, and you receive a Suboxone prescription tailored to your needs.

What to expect long term?

Opioid addiction is a chronic condition, requiring long term management. Studies have demonstrated that patients stabilized with Suboxone and then transitioned to long term Suboxone maintenance therapy are more likely to remain relapse free than those receiving only short term Suboxone stabilization, or those not receiving medication at all. Studies show that Suboxone therapy can be safely used long term.

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services

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When entering our program, you will be assigned to a counselor with specialized training in the treatment of opioid dependency. Your counselor works with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs with the goal of improving your quality of life and overcoming your dependency on opioids. Your counselor will utilize the most current research in providing treatment services.

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Medical Assessment

Medical Assessment

Medical conference

Our intake process includes a full medical assessment by a doctor and medical staff. This allows our agency to gather information to enable decisions about treatment to be appropriately informed to collaborative decision-making with the patient about treatment. All assessments are confidential.

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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

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Clients are strongly encouraged to attend.

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by one or more psychologists with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. Individual and family sessions also available.

In therapy, the goal is to reinforce desirable behaviors and eliminate unwanted or maladaptive ones. Therapy is rooted in the principles of behaviorism, a school of thought focused on the idea that we learn from our environment.

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Alcohol and Drug Evaluations

Alcohol and Drug Evaluations

DUI Alcohol and Drug Evaluation

If you were arrested in Illinois for a DUI, you must get an alcohol and drug evaluation before you are sentenced in court for the DUI offense, or before you are granted driving privileges by the Secretary of State.

When you first arrive at the Serenity Treatment and Counseling Center Inc. to undergo your evaluation, you are required by our licensing agency, The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use, Prevention and Recovery (SUPR), to read and understand the evaluation process, which explains the evaluation’s purpose. Essentially, it states that the DUI Alcohol and Drug Evaluation Uniform Report takes into account factors such as: your driving history, chemical test results (e.g. blood alcohol content), an Objective Test score, and an interview with the evaluator for the purpose of obtaining facts about your past and current alcohol and drug use.

State Police Traffic Stop

This information is then used to determine/classify you in one of four risk levels. The Risk Levels and related recommendations are: Minimal Risk (10 hours of DUI Risk Education); Moderate Risk (10 hours of DUI Risk Education and 12 hours of Early Intervention); Significant Risk (10 hours of Risk Education and 20 hours of counseling); and, High Risk (75 hours of counseling).

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If you were arrested for DUI in Cook, DuPage or Lake Counties, those courts will require that you complete your DUI alcohol and drug evaluation at a specific program they designate. However, after your evaluation is completed you can choose your counseling program. Make sure you tell your lawyer and evaluator you would like to go to Serenity Treatment and Counseling Center Inc.

Court Ordered Alcohol and Drug Evaluations

If you were arrested for offenses other than DUI, a judge may order an alcohol and drug evaluation at a pre-trial hearing. Our expert staff can provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth evaluation in accordance with the court order.

Clinical Alcohol and Drug Assessments

Our clinical staff can perform a standardized diagnostic interview diagnose if you have a substance use disorder (SUD), and make appropriate treatment recommendations and/or referrals.

Department of Transportations (D.O.T.) Alcohol and Drug Evaluations

D.O.T. evaluations are needed if the individual has violated DOT alcohol and/or drug rules and regulations. Our staff includes trained certified CADC’s (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors) to evaluate you and make treatment recommendations.

On-site Alcohol and Drug Screenings

Our staff at Serenity Treatment and Counseling are able to provide onsite screenings needed to comply with court, probation, or employer requirements for alcohol and/or drug screenings.

Counseling and Classes

DUI Risk Education

Completion of 10 hours of Risk Education is required if you’re classified Minimal, Moderate or Significant Risk. You’ll learn about the impact that alcohol and drug use have on human behavior and, specifically, upon driving skills. Furthermore, you’ll learn about Illinois DUI law enforcement to protect public safety.

Early Intervention

If you’re Moderate Risk, along with 10 hours of Risk Education, you’re required to complete 12 hours of Early Intervention. Early Intervention is conducted in a group counseling setting with the goal that you develop a personal action plan to prevent irresponsible use of alcohol when driving in the future.

Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling

If you’re Significant Risk, along with 10 hours of Risk Education, you need to complete 20 hours of counseling. If you’re High Risk, you need to complete 75 hours of counseling. STCC will provide counseling in a group setting.

During counseling, our staff will embrace an empathetic and non-judgmental approach to help you examine your issues, concerns, and problems that may have led to your arrest. Then, we’ll help you adopt new skills to develop alternative lifestyles which could significantly reduce your chances you’ll face another DUI arrest in the future.

Our staff will work closely with your court contact to make sure they’re updated about your progress; therefore, it’s important that you complete your court requirements in a timely manner. Upon successfully completing your counseling, you’ll receive a formal letter of completion and certificate from Serenity Treatment and Counseling Center that we can also fax to your court contact. For those of you participating in counseling for a Secretary of State hearing, you’ll receive a Secretary of State Treatment Verification Report to take to your hearing.

Aftercare

After successful completion of Significant or High-Risk counseling, most courts require you to meet with your counselor on a monthly basis to reinforce the changes you’ve made. The duration of aftercare ranges from six to twelve months depending upon the specific court’s requirements.

Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling for Reasons other than a DUI

At Serenity Treatment and Counseling Center we also provide additional licensed services. We are a licensed Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment, who will provide successful counseling to clients who were referred for any alcohol and/or drug related concerns.

License Reinstatement

Driver’s License Reinstatement through Secretary of State Administrative Hearings

We’ll provide you with all evaluation and treatment documents needed. Please visit the link below from the Secretary of State’s website:
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dah_ih22.pdf

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Young couple having marriage counselling

When entering our program, you will be assigned to a counselor with specialized training in the treatment of opioid dependency. Your counselor works with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs with the goal of improving your quality of life and overcoming your dependency on opioids. Your counselor will utilize the most current research in providing treatment services.

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Medical Assessment

Medical Assessment

Medical conference

Our intake process includes a full medical assessment by a doctor and medical staff. This allows our agency to gather information to enable decisions about treatment to be appropriately informed to collaborative decision-making with the patient about treatment. All assessments are confidential.

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Services

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Diverse people sharing their problems at group therapy session, top view

Clients are strongly encouraged to attend.

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by one or more psychologists with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. Individual and family sessions also available.

In therapy, the goal is to reinforce desirable behaviors and eliminate unwanted or maladaptive ones. Therapy is rooted in the principles of behaviorism, a school of thought focused on the idea that we learn from our environment.

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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Methadone is an opiate agonist, which has a series of actions similar to those of morphine and other narcotic medications. When taken on a daily basis (every 24 to 36 hours), it eliminates physical withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, when you are an effective dose level, you no longer have cravings for opioids, and if you do use, methadone blocks the euphoric effect of opioid abuse. The objectives of methadone maintenance treatment follow from this orientation: to improve function, lessen symptoms and discomfort, and lower the rate of mortality associated with addiction

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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Methadone is an opiate agonist, which has a series of actions similar to those of morphine and other narcotic medications. When taken on a daily basis (every 24 to 36 hours), it eliminates physical withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, when you are an effective dose level, you no longer have cravings for opioids, and if you do use, methadone blocks the euphoric effect of opioid abuse. The objectives of methadone maintenance treatment follow from this orientation: to improve function, lessen symptoms and discomfort, and lower the rate of mortality associated with addiction