specializing in addiction recovery
428 E. 25th Street Baltimore, MD 21218
112 East Patapsco Ave Baltimore, MD 21225
300B Scholls Lane Frederick, MD 21701
410.617.0142 667.260.2600 240.815.7300
We Believe In working, not wishing; in leading not following; and in the pleasure of being a positive force of change in peoples’ lives. We Defend Our communities by instilling respect and restoring hope. We Live For today, not yesterday. We take our lessons from the past but keep our eyes on the future by living actively in the present. CCG is providing opportunities for individuals and communities to experience real change through a comprehensive concerted approach to caring. CCG is a partner in care. We listen and respond. Sometimes our best ideas come from our patients. •••••••
Rules to Operate By... We will treat our patients with compassion – we treat others how we would like to be treated. We will offer our patients more opportunities to better their lives – in return we will ask more from our patients. We believe in respecting one another – we are stronger when we can trust one another and work together in a concerted fashion. We will create a model of excellence for others to follow What We Do Differently Provide services that our patients need within the same facility – including Mental Health, Primary Health Care, Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), and Health Home Services (Coordination of Care). Give our patients opportunities for jobs and housing in order to help individuals and restore communities. Enforce the rules of this clinic to create discipline, safety, and order for our patients and our surrounding community. Give patients a higher quality facility for their care – we expect to change the environment and thus the experience of our patients.
“We will treat our
patients with compassion. we treat others how
we would like to be treated.”
428 E. 25th Street Baltimore, MD 21218
112 East Patapsco Ave Baltimore, MD 21225
300B Scholls Lane Frederick, MD 21701
We treat the whole person, not just the chemical dependency of addiction.
Concerted Care Group offers the most effective treatment of addiction available – including addiction to heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, prescription painkillers, and other opiates. And we do not disrupt the process by sending the patient from one facility or approach to another; we do it all under one roof, with a “concerted” approach, as our name, Concerted Care Group, states. What is effective in opiate drug addiction and other addiction treatment is not just temporarily interrupting chemical dependency, but permanently altering the total life and lifestyle that leads to addiction.
Elements of CCG Whole Person Whole Life Treatment CCG exists to provide treatment of addiction for opiates such as heroin and prescription drugs as well as other addictions, and the correlated behavioral health issues that correspond. We treat the whole person and encourage living a whole life. CCG provides guidance and support for job training, housing, vocational assistance, and volunteering opportunities with classes & programs to refocus priorities while recovering. Our outpatient addiction treatment integrates expertise in medical, psychological, vocational, social, and economic treatment in one building. We offer addiction treatment, behavioral health, primary care and other wrap-around services all under one roof. “Under one roof” is a hallmark of CCG. Typically with treatment, patients have a psychiatrist in one place, a primary care doctor across town, and addiction treatment somewhere else – they don’t all communicate effectively in these cases. In an often-stigmatized field, our patients are cared-for and respected. CCG’s staff is caring and compassionate and acts as a support system for those who may not have one. We create a comfortable and accessible atmosphere in a modern up-to-date facility with warm coffee and extended dosing hours. We are an outpatient addiction treatment center. Our patients do not stay overnight, but receive treatments and are welcome to participate in therapy and activities during open operating hours.
The path to opiate addiction wellness has many components. Mental and physical health are intertwined with each other. Physical health issues negatively impact mental health, and the reverse is also true – addiction issues can harm both mental and physical health. We have found that successful addiction treatment is better assured when all other health issues are addressed. Success increases greatly when those treatments are provided in one place, within one program.
When the path to addiction wellness is located at different sites and systems that may not communicate adequately, it is more than inconvenient; your health can suffer. Mental health treatment works, but it works even better when your entire health care needs can be addressed in full coordination, at one site. This is the type of healthcare you can receive with CCG’s Harwood Behavioral Health program at the CCG clinic, because any and all physical health or addiction issues can be addressed at once. We customize treatment to each patient and each set of life conditions. You can choose to receive any component of your health care here, and receive any other needed health care services elsewhere. Our talented, sensitive, and caring Behavioral Health team includes therapists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a nurse practitioner, and a psychiatrist. Services include individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents. Group therapy and psychiatric services are available for adults.
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We believe in respecting one another – we are stronger when we can trust one another and work together in a concerted fashion. 300B Scholls Lane Frederick, MD 21701 410.617.0142 667.260.2600 240.815.7300 428 E. 25th Street Baltimore, MD 21218 112 East Patapsco Ave Baltimore, MD 21225
Behavioral Health Home Overview Research shows that people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders die younger than the general population, often from high-risk behaviors (e.g., smoking) and treatable conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease and cancer.) These findings have led the behavioral health field to seek ways to improve access to preventive services, wellness programs and medical care. The mental health and substance use treatment communities have been working on developing interventions that may reduce and, hopefully, eliminate this type of early mortality. An important component of this work has focused on how to improve access to primary care, either by strengthening linkages to community-based primary care providers or by bringing primary care providers in-house. Primary care tends to be organized to provide acute care, but there are many conditions, such as asthma and depression, that require a system of ongoing treatment and support. Creating a model of care that attends to a group of patients who present with the same disease or illness will lead to better outcomes because they all share similar healthcare needs. When you can engage all members of the target group in treatment and monitoring, rather than just responding to
whomever happen to show up in the provider’s office, healthcare becomes more effective because it’s easier to keep track of everyone who needs it. Shifting from an acute care model to a continuing care model requires the entire primary care practice to change. Recently, the chronic care model has been reexamining how services — including preventive and primary care — should be delivered for all health issues. Numerous studies have shown the chronic care model’s value in improving the delivery of behavioral healthcare in primary care settings, as well as the delivery of primary care services in mental health and substance use treatment settings.
At the base of the chronic care model are productive interactions between an informed, activated patient and the prepared, proactive practice team. When a medical team helps a patient understand the circumstances surrounding his/her medical situation, the patient is then empowered to be a full partner in his/her care. Multidisciplinary staff members work as a team with clear roles and a shared plan, arriving at each patient contact with goals and a plan rather than simply responding to whatever issues happen to come up during an appointment or consultation. This self-management model can have a dramatic effect on out-of-office disease treatment. When patients present with conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, they spend the
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majority of their time dealing with the effects everywhere but the doctor’s office. They are on their own, making decisions about diet, exercise and medication adherence. As such, it is vital that patients feel confident and educated enough about their conditions to absorb the accompanying daily responsibilities. The success of the chronic care model will rely on more than changing how doctors interact with their patients. Care management functions can and should also be assigned to different types of providers. Social workers are highly skilled at coordination activities, whereas nurses have more background in medical management and education. Trained peers, community health workers and health navigators are also effective collaborators, given how they draw from personal experience in order to connect with patients. Community health workers have effectively provided screening, monitoring, patient education and self-management support in multiple studies focused on chronic health conditions like diabetes and asthma. Peer support programs have capitalized on the lived experience of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders to offer education and self-management support services to patients, often with positive outcomes. Asthma Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways of the lungs. During normal breathing, the bands of muscle that surround the airways are relaxed and air moves freely. During an asthma episode or “attack,” there are three main changes that stop air from moving easily through the airways: The bands of muscle that surround the airways tighten and narrow the airways. This tightening is called bronchospasm. The lining of the airways becomes swollen or inflamed. The cells that line the airways produce more mucus, which is thicker than normal. These three factors – bronchospasm, inflammation, and mucus production – cause symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing. What are the most common symptoms of asthma? Asthma symptoms are not the same for everyone. They can even change from episode to episode in the same person. The most common symptoms include: Coughing, especially at night Shortness of breath
Wheezing Chest tightness, pain, or pressure Who is affected by asthma? Asthma affects 22 million Americans; about 6 million of those are children under age 18. People who have a family history of asthma are at an increased risk of developing the disease. Asthma is also more common in people who have allergies or who are exposed to tobacco smoke. However, anyone can develop asthma at any time. Some people may have asthma all of their lives, while others may develop it as adults. “These three factors – bronchospasm, inflammation, and mucus production – cause symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing.”
We are strongerwhenwe can trust one another andwork together in a concerted fashion.
428 E. 25th Street Baltimore, MD 21218 300B Scholls Lane Frederick, MD 21701 410.617.0142 667.260.2600 240.815.7300 concertedcaregroup.com 112 East Patapsco Ave Baltimore, MD 21225
Estimates indicate nearly 10% of the Baltimore population is in need of treatment. However, the number is likely much higher due to limitations of studying this population and the transient nature of the drug addicted population.
You are not alone. Opiate addiction has exploded nationally and regionally. In Baltimore it is estimated that as many as one in ten people are addicted to heroin. Adding in prescription drug addiction and the use of other opiates, the percentage of those suffering from abuse are staggering. And the problem is not confined to the city; it is equally devastating in the surrounding counties. Opiate abuse is not restricted geographically, economically, racially, or by gender. Addiction reaches into all families, all races and all economic levels. The addicted include your neighbor, your friend, your coworker, your boss, your husband, your wife, your child, or you. We must face up to it and deal with it openly, and no longer hide it behind closed doors or treat it only with substitute drugs. Replacement drugs such as Methadone and Suboxone alone are not enough to break the cycle of drug-addictive life.
23 million American adults suffer from addiction. That number is higher when you include the suffering of families, friends, and loved ones who experience the environmental and relational effects of chemical dependence when someone they love is addicted. Societal problems, chronic pain, and the availability, prescribed and street-purchased, of inexpensive opiates – heroin, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and others – has resulted in a 6-8 fold increase in drug abuse in the last decade. Baltimore is known for having one of the most severe drug abuse problems in Maryland and in the nation. There continues to be a significant gap between the demand for services and current treatment resources. According to SAMHSA and the State of Maryland there are an estimated 47,000 – 53,000 individuals in Baltimore City annually who need but do not receive treatment for addiction. This number is very likely much higher as this data was gathered in polls that only contacted people with landline telephones. It is not unreasonable to think the number of addicted individuals in Baltimore, which has an overall population of about 600,000, could be double the estimate. Drug abuse and accompanying destructive behavior not only ruins the lives of the users, they leave a path of devastation of those around the addicts and of society in general. This is not an isolated issue; it is an epidemic.
At a glance, suboxone and methadone treatments seem to be nearly identical. Here are the key differences between the two, and how they can aid in recovery. Both are used to treat patients with opioid dependency or addiction. Both synthetic opioids. Suboxone is partial opiate agonist (effects are limited even when taken in large doses) Methadone is a full opiate agonist (effects are not limited). Methadone can be abused (overused) so patients start out taking it at a clinic, later are allowed take-home doses. Suboxone is harder to abuse so patients are allowed to take it home. For people with larger, more serious opiate habits and addiction, Suboxone may not provide effective relief from withdrawal symptoms. Methadone may work better for such individuals. Suboxone is generally less addictive than Methadone. Withdrawal symptoms of a Suboxone detox are generally less severe than Methadone detox. The risk of an overdose on Suboxone is less than with Methadone. VS. SUBOXONE METHADONE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
The cost of Methadone is generally lower than Suboxone. Methadone is taken as tablet, liquid or injection. Suboxone is taken as a tablet sublingually – under the tongue. A physician will work with each patient to determine the right clinical approach. Learn more about Methadone or Suboxone treatment, or contact us for more information.
We provide services that our patients need within the same facility – including Mental Health, Primary Health Care, Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), and Health Home Services (Coordination of Care).
By Morgan Eichensehr – Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal Jul 12, 2018, 7:00am CVS Health has installed safe medication disposal units in 19 of its pharmacies across Maryland, in an effort to help prevent opioid abuse and misuse.
w “This is for those medications that are sitting in your home that are no longer needed,” Davis said. “So maybe a patient had a broken leg and needed opioids for the pain, but has some pills left over — those drugs can be easily diverted for abuse by anyone who has access, and we want to help prevent that.” In addition to the medication disposal effort, the CVS Health Foundation is helping to fund opioid-related efforts at the local level, by awarding up to $2 million in grants to community health centers dedicated to supporting opioid addiction recovery. In Baltimore, a $85,000 grant is going to Total Health Care. The funding will be used to develop and implement care models to increase participation in Total Health Care’s substance abuse treatment program. Davis said taking part in combating the opioid crisis is in line with CVS’s mission as a health care company. “Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned as part of the local health care systems to play an important role in educating and also intervening on this issue,” Davis said. “Our mission is about helping people on their path to better health, and one of the ways we can do that is through heightened safety around prominent public health issues.” Maryland is among states across the U.S. that have been ravaged by the deadly ongoing opioid epidemic. Tom Davis, vice president of professional services for CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), said CVS is seeking to support communities that have been affected by the crisis with its medication disposal kiosks. The units will allow patients to drop off unused or excess pills from old prescriptions, so they can be handed over to police and safely disposed of.
CVS looks to prevent
prescription opioid misuse with disposal kiosks in Md.
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