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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:35 pm 
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Hello. I just moved to washington state from Michigan and have been on suboxone for a few months now. Im having a hard time finding a doctor and have called every doctor on all the search sites. I have molina state insurance and need help finding a doctor. I live by Olympia, wa but willing to drive as long as its not daily. Any help is appreciated


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acmj1985 wrote:
Hello. I just moved to washington state from Michigan and have been on suboxone for a few months now. Im having a hard time finding a doctor and have called every doctor on all the search sites. I have molina state insurance and need help finding a doctor. I live by Olympia, wa but willing to drive as long as its not daily. Any help is appreciated


Hello! I live in Washington State. Spokane, actually. The way I got on Suboxone was went through the local welfare, dshs office first and filled out their forms for substance abuse-needing help with rehab, etc, I believe the program that helps with addiction is called "Adatsa". What happened was they made me an appointment to see a specialist who did an assessment, took all of maybe a half hour and involved discussing my addiction and my options; methadone verses suboxone verses outpatient verses inpatient. They allowed me to decided what I thought was best and I wanted suboxone and outpatient. So, after that, they made me an appointment with my regular doctor, who's a nurse practitioner working at one of the local CHAS clinics, (it took about a month to get this appointment), after speaking with this person I was put on a waiting list for a few more months and in the end I ended up getting a doctor to prescribe my suboxone through another CHAS clinic in the valley of Spokane and my Wa state medical paid for two years worth of doctor visits and the prescription. So this is how I did it in the beginning. You also have to comply with weekly group therapy sessions at a substance abuse recovery center and attend a set amount of N.A. or A.A. meetings. But, that wasn't a problem as I am a big believer in that the Suboxone is a tool to be used in connection with other tools like meetings and/or counseling, etc for a road to recovery and wellness. In order for the state to pay for the doctor visits and Suboxone you must be participating some form of out/inpatient recovery treatment program:

I actually ended up doing six months at one outpatient facility going twice a week to group and then when they told me that I couldn't come any longer because I'd graduated from there I found ANOTHER outpatient rehab therapy group and went THERE instead for another six month with three months added on because my caseworker there said I could stay as long as I felt I needed. At the time I felt that I needed more support but near the end I was almost as addicted to those groups as I was to opiates so I did finally accept my second graduation certificate. I never liked the N.A. or A.A. meetings, but I still miss those groups.

If your interested the first place I was at is called "New Horizon Counseling Services" and when I was there every Friday was rest/leisure/acupuncture day depending on what you needed/wanted and the second place is called "Steps: Adults & Youth Services" something like that. There tagline was; "Putting the pieces of people back together."

I hope any of this info helps. I know that from point A; needing to get on the Suboxone and start life over to point B; finally getting on it and becoming stable can seem pretty far apart but that's all the red-tape one must wade through when dealing with the state welfare system.


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