It can be confusing and a little scary, so we want you to understand the process of beginning addiction treatment at North Dayton Addiction & Recovery.
When you are ready to schedule your first appointment, please have the following information ready:
- Date of Birth
- Best Contact Number
- Email Address (for appointment reminders, but not necessary)
- Home Address
- Emergency Contact (if you choose)
- Insurance Name and ID.
An NDARS staff member will call you shortly before your appointment time (usually the evening before or morning of) to confirm that you’re still coming, as well as to answer any other questions or concerns you have. We ask that you come into your appointment in a mild to moderate withdrawal– typically about 12-24 hours in for heroin and opiate pain killers.. (If you have been using methadone, please discuss with someone in the office as the withdrawal process is a little different.) [If you are not in a withdrawal before you’re appointment, we ask that you do not skip your appointment- please call us and we will assist you from there.]
Addiction Treatment: Day One
Your first day will be the longest. You can expect to be in our office anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your circumstance. You will meet with multiple medical personnel throughout your appointment. You’ll also receive your first dose of buprenorphine.
When you arrive at the office, you’ll receive your new patient paperwork packet to begin completing and you’ll be given a urine toxicology screen. You will then see a chemical dependency counselor who will do your assessment. This involves a lot of questions about your family history, your upbringing, your substance abuse history, your current life situations, etc. Our staff will also discuss some different short term goals such as avoiding triggers and finding support.
Shortly after your session with your counselor, you’ll meet a member of our medical team. Your doctor will perform routine medical exams, such as a History and Physical and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for appropriate medications. There will be discussion of your substance abuse history, your motivations for addiction treatment and how to get there. Your physician will answer your questions and address all your concerns. Appropriate treatment therapy options such as AA/NA, 12- step meetings or individual/group therapy sessions will be discussed and recommended.
After Your Initial Visit
You’ll leave the office with a laboratory order to have blood taken so that we can see certain areas of concern that previous drug abuse may have caused. We ask that you do this as soon as possible so we can review the findings with you at your next appointment.
You’ll return to the office anywhere from 2-7 days after your initial appointment. At that time, we’ll address any new areas of concern and check your progress.
Once you’re stable on the medication and doing well, the visits with your physician will be less frequent while still being proactive in your recovery through AA/NA, individual counseling, group sessions and other therapeutic remedies.