Addiction is a disease that impacts health, relationships, career, finances and overall emotional well-being. It affects family members and others close to you. It consumes lives regardless of economic, educational or racial background.
SouthLight Healthcare provides opioid treatment, a service for adults who require medication-assisted treatment to achieve and sustain recovery. Services include medication management that is compliant with Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA). Our protocols will reflect evidenced based treatment options. We strive to treat each client with respect and provide compassionate person-centered care based on best practice and current treatment models. The program emphasizes abstinence from opiates, reduction in use and abuse of elicit or addictive substances and the development of a social support networks. Continued commitment to the program will lead to positive life changes, support educational and vocational skills and improve family functioning.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Services
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) medically manages the symptoms of opioid dependence and withdrawal, while creating opportunities for individuals to make positive life changes.
Methadone functions by preventing opiate withdrawal, blocking the effects of other narcotics and reducing the craving for opiate narcotics. Methadone is a synthetic narcotic approved by the DEA and FDA in the treatment of individuals who abuse opiates.
As part of each client’s service continuum and clinical best practice, clients are encouraged to participate in concurrent services while therapeutic levels of methadone are medically managed. These services include case management (basic needs such as healthcare, housing and nutrition), education sessions, individual/group/family therapy, enhanced services (Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment (SAIOP) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)), and psychiatric services. All services are integrated and designed to improve harm reduction skills and to enhance the individual’s quality of life.
Individuals who seek treatment at SouthLight Healthcare’s opioid treatment program are assessed by a licensed professional for treatment eligibility, by appointment, walk-in, referral or transfer; and on a “first come, first served” basis unless otherwise dictated by urgent or emergency needs. Priority is given to pregnant women, clients with HIV/AIDS, client who are injecting drugs/whom are high risk for infectious disease and clients recently released from prison or jail. Client must be 18 years or older.
The intake process includes completing a clinical assessment; to determine eligibility and to document the medical necessity for opioid treatment.
This assessment includes: the gathering of psychosocial, health information and any related information of past and present drug history and a urine toxicology screen.
After the completion of the assessment, if the client is appropriate for admission to Opioid Treatment Program, an appointment is scheduled with medical provider for admission.
The prospective client will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment with the following required documentation.
• Proof of income (pay stub)
• Proof of Insurance (Medicaid, Private, Medicare, etc.), if applicable
• Proof of residence (current utility or phone bill, driver’s license with current address, other photo ID)
• Valid Photo ID
Management of Pregnant Clients
Priority is given to admitting pregnant patients. A pregnancy test is performed on each female patient of childbearing age who requests it, or who presents stating she is pregnant. If a pregnant patient is denied admission to MAT, the reason(s) are documented in the program record. For each pregnant patient seen for evaluation, the medical provider documents that either: 1) the patient is currently receiving prenatal care, or 2) the patient is referred to a provider of high-risk obstetrical services. Providers of choice are high-risk OB services at Wake Med Hospital, UNC Hospitals and Duke University Medical Center, or other high-risk OB providers that may be located nearer to the patient’s residence. Informed consent is obtained to permit exchange of information with the obstetrical care provider.
Drug dependent women receiving methadone maintenance prior to pregnancy, are maintained on their pre-pregnancy dose unless subsequent adjustments are necessary. The patient’s physiologic dependence is documented. Individualized dosage adjustment may occur based on the patient’s response and prior drug history.
Supplementary dose increases are given as needed if withdrawal symptoms persist.
In addition, pregnant women are expected to participate in the pregnancy women’s group, to address pregnancy-specific needs. Other female specific groups are available as well.
Payment of Fees
All clients are expected to pay fees owed at the time services are rendered. If your insurance pays directly to SouthLight Healthcare, you are expected to pay your co-pay at the time of service. Clients using insurance that remits directly to the insured must pay the full charge at the time of service. If for whatever reason your insurance does not cover services, you are responsible for 100% of all charges.
Medication Administration /’Dosing’ Hours
SouthLight Healthcare’s OTP is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday/Holidays: 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.