The Road to recovery starts with You

Definitions: We use the term opioid and opiate interchangeably to describe the class of drugs and medications including: Lortab, Vicodin, OxyContin, Darvicet, Percocet, Morphine, Codeine, Heroin, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

The programs offered at The Life Change Center are unique in Northern Nevada and are designed to meet the variety of needs specific to pain killer and heroin addictions. Our staff members are all experts in helping people overcome opioid addictions.

Recovery programs vary based on the needs of the person. Creating a personalized recovery program draws from groups of services that are provided at The Life Change Center.

Medication alone is not enough. Addiction is not simply a physical problem. Combining medications with counseling promotes for the highest likelihood of successful recovery. Our recovery program includes individual and group counseling. Counseling empowers the individual to develop a realistic and effective recovery plan. Counseling provides:

  • Insight into the underlying conditions accounting for the addiction
  • A safe and judgment-free relationship
  • Opportunities to increase understanding of addiction and recovery
  • Support and tools for the process of recovery
  • Medication Assisted treatment

    Medication Assisted Treatment models are considered an “Evidenced-Based Best Practice” for opioid addictions. Medications such as methadone and buprenorphine are used in combination with counseling and other services to provide the best outcomes possible for people in recovery from their opioid addictions. The medication portion of the recovery programs at The Life Change Center is individualized, but they generally fall into three categories:

  • Detox
  • Medically Supervised Withdrawal (MSW)
  • Maintenance
  • Short-Term Detox

    In this program, medication (either methadone or buprenorphine) is taken daily for a period of time not to exceed three weeks. This protocol is not appropriate for all people seeking treatment. The design is to complete the medical portion of treatment before the person develops a tolerance to the new medication, therefore ameliorating the risk of withdrawal symptoms related to the new medication.

    Medically Supervised Withdrawal (MSW)

    Essentially, Medically Supervised Withdrawal (MSW) is a long term detoxification program. People on an MSW program will start medication and increase their medicine level until they are stable (Low or no withdrawals and no narcotic effect). While at this point of stability, they will work with their counselor and the medical personnel to create a recovery plan and start the titration (weaning off of) process. The MSW is a longer detox and is designed to limit the experience of withdrawal symptoms. The people engaging in the MSW programs at The Life Change Center have the highest success rates.

    Maintenance

    In this program, the medication is initiated and then increased to bring the individual to a point of medical stabilization. Similar to the MSW protocol except there is not a focus of titration at the time of admission. People on the maintenance programs work with their counselors and the medical personnel to develop a recovery plan that often includes goals of starting titration after certain events have occurred (i.e holding a full-time job for six-months).

    Medication alone is not enough. Addiction is not simply a physical problem. Combining medications with counseling promotes for the highest likelihood of successful recovery. Our recovery program includes individual and group counseling. Counseling empowers the individual to develop a realistic and effective recovery plan. Counseling provides:

  • Insight into the underlying conditions accounting for the addiction
  • A safe and judgment-free relationship
  • Opportunities to increase understanding of addiction and recovery
  • Support and tools for the process of recovery

  • The Life Change Center is unique in Northern Nevada, our programs and services are specifically designed to variety of needs related to recovery from opioids. Our counseling staff are experts in helping people with the recovery process.

     

    Our Success Rates

    Heroin and prescription pain killer abuse has increased to epidemic rates, and alarmingly high rates among young people. The problem is growing and the social costs are skyrocketing.

    In response to this epidemic, researchers have shown that the rates of recovery without any treatment at all are around 20%. Yet, medication assisted treatment models exceed 55% drug free. Medication assisted treatment models have been the best practice for treating opioid addictions since the models were first introduced in 1968.

    The recovery program of The Life Change Center takes medication assisted treatment one step further, and includes specialized counseling in addition to medication and case management. The success rate of The Life Change Center is currently at 72%. Yes, 72% of the individuals seeking help have been able to stop using opioids within the first 60 days.

     

    Medications Used in Treatment

    How does Methadone work?

    Methadone is a long-acting opiate agonist which has a series of actions similar to those of morphine and other narcotic medications. Yet there are important differences; Methadone has a half-life of ~36 hours, while morphine and many other narcotics have a half-life of ~4 hours. The longer half-life wards off symptoms of opioid withdrawal all day and empowers people to get back into normal life activities without the drug-seeking and drug-using behaviors. In methadone treatment, patients are given enough methadone to ward off opiate withdrawal symptoms, but not enough to induce narcotic effects. In proper doses, methadone does not create euphoria, sedation or analgesia. At a therapeutic level methadone has no adverse effects on motor skills, mental capability or employability.

    What is Buprenorphine?

    Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in in the brand-name medication Suboxone or Subutex. Buprenorphine has a long half-life, up to 48 hours. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, and like methadone when taken once daily it blocks other opioids from attaching to receptors in the brain. Buprenorphine at The Life Change Center is medically supervised and dispensed, and comes with full counseling support. This treatment can reduce or eliminate opioid withdrawal and reduce cravings for drug use open up new energies for rebuilding a healthy life.

    What is the difference between Methadone and Buprenorphine?

    There are more similarities than there are difference between methadone and buprenorphine. They are both long-acting opioid agonists medications. Some of the differences between the two include that buprenorphine is a “partial agonist” which refers to the chemical make-up and how the medication attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain. Methadone is a liquid mediation, taken orally while buprenorphine is a sublingual medication. Sublingual medications need to dissolve in the mouth and the medication is absorbed through the mouth lining.

    People seeking help at The Life Change Center will be involved in a full substance use disorder assessment and a medical assessment. After consideration, options for treatment are given that will help with the decision regarding medication type, or medically assisted vs. non-medical approaches.

     

    Program Fees

    Through our years of experience we have learned to really appreciate the magnitude of difficulty related to opioid addictions. We know about the costs and strains that this puts on people struggling with the addiction, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars per week for opioids and racking up many other expenses. We understand and have developed our program to reduce the financial obstacles of treatment admission. The Life Change Center is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, and we do not have an owner or paid board to appease. Our sole focus is on providing the most effective services that we can. Based on our structure, our fees are quite low.

    At The Life Change Center the fees are complete package service programs and all services (individual and group counseling, testing, medical exam, doctor visit and other services) are included in that fee. With the exception of our Suboxone program, clients have the option to pay daily, weekly or monthly.

    Additionally, we have a trained staff to help with insurance billing. The Life Change Center accepts:

  • Medicaid
    (HPN, fee for service, Amerigroup)
  • Private Insurace
    Our insurance billing staff will find out about your coverage benefits immediately, while you are completing the admission process.
  • Call for information on fees.

    Reno:
    (775) 355-7734

    Carson:
    (775) 350-7250

     

    Accessing Treatment

    The Assessment and Admission Process

    The most important step is to call or come in to the clinic.

    Reno:

    1755 Sullivan Lane
    Sparks, NV 89431

    Monday to Friday - 6am to 1pm
    Saturday - 6am to 8am

    Carson City:

    1201 N Stewart Street
    Carson City, NV 89701

    Monday to Friday - 6am to 12pm
    Saturday - 6am to 9am

    We have trained staff to guide you through the admission process; staff that appreciates the courage it takes to take the first step.

    The admission process requires three assessments:

  • Substance Use Disorders with a licensed or certified counselor
  • Medical History with a certified medical assistant or nurse
  • Medical examination with a physician

  • This process can range between 1 ½ and 3 hours. It is during these assessments that you will be given many options for treatment. You will have immediate access to case management and group therapy. THERE IS NO WAITING LIST.

    To make the admission process as effective as possible you will need a photo ID. Additionally, if you have other prescriptions, please bring in this information.

     

    The Recovery Process

    While recovery programs differ based on the individual needs, we have observed some predictable phases:

    Assessment and admission

    This phase is short, and is designed to guide the recovery program for the first 30 days. For many people this is the hardest phase, but this is where the Hope begins. The steps to take will be made clear and simple, and you will be fully supported.

    Stabilization and recovery plan development

    This is where great things begin; people often experience return of memory and energy levels. It is at this stage where people start to broaden their understandings and clearly conceptualize their options. This is a time where many people engage in frequent group and individual counseling sessions.

    Medically supervised titration (weaning off of medication)

    After meeting markers set by the individuals involved in our recovery programs, this phase is accented by the move towards independence from the medications. Often we see an increase in counseling during this phase for support.

    Completion and aftercare

    Medication assisted recovery programs are perhaps best viewed as a bridge between two points, and the goal is to have independence from drugs and medications. Yet, others will need to maintain medications for many years. Our medical staff and counselors can help you determine what may work best for you. For those that complete the medical portion of the recovery program, counseling is designed to address the needs of life without professional or medical supports.

     

    Group Menu/Therapy

    The group menu changes monthly, and there are “closed” process groups not listed on the menu. Please contact one of our trained staff if you have questions.