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How local businesses are offering help for opioid problems

October 20, 2017| CATEGORIES: Press Mention , Pain Management , Addiction Management

Avella was recently featured in a Phoenix Business Journal article on how businesses in Phoenix are contributing to halting the opioid epidemic. 

With the opioid epidemic seizing the state and country, numerous businesses have cropped up to feed a need for help and treatment.

We looked at a handful of new ventures in the region focused specifically on treating people with opioid addiction. Here's a sampling of what has sprouted up in recent years.

The Pain Project

What it is: Phoenix-based online medical community emphasizing effective strategies for self managing pain.

What it does: The goal is to help chronic pain sufferers avoid opioids or surgery. Certified pain therapists offer therapy through private, secure online video chats.

What they said: “We now understand that chronic pain, which affects millions of Americans, is related not only to biological factors (e.g., nerves, bones, and muscles) but also to social and psychological factors. The Pain Project catalyzes an essential shift towards self-reliance and intelligent pain management," said Dr. Ben Bobrow, chief medical officer for the Pain Project.

For more: thepainproject.com

CleanSlate Centers

What it is: Addiction treatment centers in eight states that provide care to those suffering from opioid and alcohol addiction.

What it does: CleanSlate is a doctor-led office practice, providing medication-assisted treatment for a variety of addictions.

What they said: “It’s impossible to fight this disease alone, and we are pleased to stand side-by-side with important community partners in and around Gilbert,” said Greg Marotta, president and CEO of CleanSlate, which opened its Gilbert office in July. “We look forward to deepening our relationships in the community as we all work together to beat back this undiscriminating epidemic.”

Addresses: 8410 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, and 2451 E. Baseline Road, #430, Gilbert. Coming soon is 15255 N. 40th St., Phoenix.

For more: cleanslatecenters.com

Arizona Department of Health Services

What it is: Arizona’s public health system, including responding to disease outbreaks, licensing health and child care facilities, operating the Arizona State Hospital, and improving the overall health and wellness of all Arizonans.

What it does: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an emergency declaration June 5 that directs the ADHS to address the growing number of opioid deaths. As of July 31, the department expanded blood screening at the State Public Health Lab, and as of July 28, began providing emergency rules for licensed health care facilities.

What they said: “Data is a critical tool in addressing the opioid epidemic in Arizona because it allows us to evaluate populations that are most at risk for overdoses so we can work with our partners to develop life-saving interventions,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “The emergency rules are a major step forward in reducing the number of overdoses and deaths due to opioids.”

For more: azhealth.gov/opioid

Avella Specialty Pharmacy

What it is: An accredited specialty pharmacy that provides individualized support to patients.

What it does: Avella launched a new mobile app aimed at care providers who manage patients dealing with chronic pain or an addiction to pain medication. The Pain and Addiction Management mobile app provides information about pain and addiction management medications available from different manufacturers.

What they said: “Today (prescribing pain medication) is more challenging than ever, which is why we’re looking to support our provider partners as they help patients manage chronic pain while preventing the devastating impact of opioid addiction," said Eric Sredzinski, executive vice president of clinical affairs and quality assurance program director for Avella.

For more: avella.com/pain-mobile-app

The Pain Relief Center at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

What it is: An array of services for patients who want to identify the causes of their health problems rather than just treat their symptoms.

What it does: Offers treatments that combine the latest technology and science with proven natural methods. The goal is to provide pain solutions to avoid opioids, other narcotic pain medications or surgery.

What they said: "It’s crucial that people are aware of the alternatives available if we want to get ahead of the opioid epidemic our communities are facing. Reducing the number of addictions starts with reducing the number of people going on opioid regiments in the first place," said Dr. Casey Seenauth, a naturopathic doctor and staff physician with the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Address: 2152 E. Broadway Road, Tempe

For more: bizj.us/1pckgq

Bayless Integrated Healthcare

What it is: A Phoenix-based provider of combined physical, social, mental and emotional health services.

What it does: Bayless launched its Integrated Addiction Treatment Program Oct. 1 at the Bella Vista Clinic. The program combines individual and group therapy, some medication-assisted treatments, primary care services and social health coordination.

What they said: “We understand that drug and alcohol abuse, as well as mental health disorders, usually coincide and if we continue to separate the mind and body when we’re treating patients, this opioid epidemic will continue to get worse,” said CEO Justin Bayless. “We feel that providing addiction treatment services is a natural progression of our service array and mission to further integrate every patient’s health care.”

Address: 3620 N. Third St., Phoenix

For more: baylesshealthcare.com

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