Most Popular Questions Regarding Angels of America
Q. How do I enter into treatment at Addiction Angels of America?
Call 614-396-7850 and speak with our friendly staff to schedule an appointment. We treat each call with urgency due to the time sensitive nature of recovery. Your appointment will be scheduled in the first available space.
Q. What should I bring to my first appointment for drug or alcohol addiction?
Valid Ohio ID such as driver’s license, state ID or passport
Insurance card. If you do not have your card, bring your member ID number
Those who are new to recovery (not prescribed Buprenorphine/Naloxone products) should discontinue using opioids or unprescribed Buprenorphine for a minimum of 24 hours.
Q. What kind of treatment does Addiction Angels of America offer?
Addiction Angels of America is an outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Facility treating opioid and alcohol addiction.
We provide in-office counseling by specially trained accredited counselors.
Q. What addiction recovery steps does Addiction Angels of America use?
- We conduct a thorough customized assessment by which we develop a treatment plan using all available medication tools.
- We conduct genetic testing to determine how our prescribed medications are metabolized, urine drug screening and confirmation on a random basis.
- All patients and their family members will work with a certified counselor.
- Additional referrals due to our relationships with Drug Courts, Rehabilitation Centers and Hepatitis Clinics enable a smooth transition for those patients in need of those services.
Q. What types of medications are used to treat opioid addiction at Addiction Angels of America?
Several medications are administered to optimize recovery for patients diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, including Buprenorphine products:
- Suboxone (under the tongue)
- Zubsolv (under the tongue)
- Bunavail (inside of mouth wall)
- Probuphine (implant under the skin) in select patients
Naltrexone, known by the brand name Vivitrol, by mouth and via injection is also used to treat drug and alcohol addiction.
Q. Is treatment at Angels of America confidential?
Yes, we follow all regulations and laws required by HIPAA and 42 CFR. Any medical information requested by insurance providers, pharmacies, court offices, other professionals, or individuals have to be authorized in written form by the patient.
Q. What is the cost involved in treatment?
We accept most private and state forms of insurance. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation at 614-396-7850.
Q. What can I expect to pay for prescriptions?
Prescription costs vary by the strength, dose, brand and the selected pharmacy. When possible we provide discount coupons for certain medications. The office staff will complete a Prior Authorization for your prescription as quickly as possible to allow for a smooth transition into treatment.
Most popular questions about opioids and alcohol dependence in Columbus, Ohio
Q. What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is the oral version of Vivitrol. Vivitrol is an intramuscular injected medication that helps patients prevent opioid and alcohol relapse. It is the first treatment of its kind that is non-addictive. One injection works for an entire month to block opioid receptors in the brain. It can only be prescribed by a doctor after the patient has successfully detoxed from alcohol and/or opioid use.
Q. What is Buprenophine?
Buprenophine is a Class III controlled medication found in various formulations (Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Probuphine) prescribed by a doctor to treat opiate addiction. It is designed to ease withdrawal symptoms from heroin, and other opioids including prescription painkillers.
Buprenorphine can be combined with Naloxone, an opioid blocker that buffers the opioid effect on the body. This helps lower the risk of the patient becoming addicted to Buprenorphine. However, it is important to understand that because Buprenorphine found in these formulations is a class III controlled substance, long-term use can lead to withdrawal symptoms and cravings when discontinued. Typical physical symptoms of withdrawal include muscular pain, aching at the bone level, sleep programs, loose bowels and cold flashes.
Q. How long can I or should I take Buprenorphine for treatment of drug addiction?
The FDA does not place an end date on pharmaceutical treatment for this medication. It is typically determined on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with your physician in a formalized program that includes counseling. However, addiction is treated as a chronic disease no different from the treatment of heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Q. Can any doctor treat Opioid addiction?
No. Physicians who choose to practice in opioid dependency treatment are required to complete special Buprenorphine training. Upon successful completion, the physician receives a waiver of the special registration requirement defined in the Controlled Substance Act. This authority was given to physicians who complete this training by the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000).
Q. Are there different levels of addiction certification for doctors?
Since addiction is a specialized field unto itself, physicians and/or psychiatrists must pass a rigorous board exam in order to earn Addiction Specialist certification. There are two boards that offer addiction medicine certification:
- The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
- The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Addiction specialists are certified to recognize and treat the psychological and physical complications of addiction. The highest level of certification is that of Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Addiction Angels is staffed by physicians with this certification. This specialized designation means they are uniquely qualified to prevent and treat addiction.
Q. What are the top signs and symptoms of drug use?
- Increases in tolerance, use, dosage or doctor visits.
- Changes in Personality, Mood and Habits
- Losing interest in activities
- Easily stimulated or overly sensitive
Q. What are common names of drugs that are used the most?
Here are few common street names of drugs. If you notice any of these being mentioned, it is an indicator that your loved one is at least being exposed to drug use or is involved with someone who is. To start the recovery process, call to speak to one of the caring staff at Addiction Angels of America.
- Marijuana: Pot, weed, reefer, dope, ganja, grass, herb, bud, green, trees, skunk, smoke and sinsemilla. In addition, synthetic Marijuana has come on the scene sold under the names of K2 and Spice
- Heroin: Brown sugar, smack, horse, dope, H or Big H, junk, skag, skunk, white horse, girl or China white
- Cocaine: Candy, snow, rock, flake, blow and toot
- Methamphetamine: Meth, ice, crank, speed, jibb, tina, glass, fire, chalk and crystal or crystal meth
- Inhalants: Laughing gas, poppers, snappers or whippets.
Prescription Drug Street Names:
- Hydrocodone: Vicodin street names include Vikes, Vic and Watson 387. Lortab names include Tab, hydro. Lortab goes by names of Vikes or Viko
- OxyContin : hillbilly heroin, poor man’s heroin, pills, kicker, cotton, Ohs, Ox, rushbo, Os, blue, killers 40, 40-bar, beans, 80 and Orange County
- Oxycodone: blue, both Oxycodone and OxyContin go by OCs
- Percocet: Percs, Paulas, Roxicotten, Roxi’s, Blue dynamite (the 15-30 Percocet with no Tylenol), Gets and 512s (refers to the generic brand that prints “512” on the round white 5 mg Percocet pill). Percocet also contains Oxycodone so some of the street names are used interchangeably
- Fentanyl: Apache, China Girl, TNT, China White, murder 8, Tango and Cash, dance fever, jackpot, goodfella, and Chinatown