Dr. Brown provides a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program from his practice, Addiction Recovery of Virginia, located in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Substance abuse treatment is a multi-part process that can be customized according to the needs of each patient. The first part of this process is the patient intake. Intake lasts for about one to four hours on average. When the patient arrives for their intake, they will ideally be at the point of early withdrawal already. At this point, the patient will receive their first dose of Suboxone. During the visit, the patient will be monitored using the Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale. Patients will leave only after they have been stabilized.
During the early part of treatment, patients will typically visit the addiction recovery center every week. This allows the physicians to make dosage adjustments if they are necessary. Patients may take a urine drug screen during these weekly appointments to make sure that they are following the program guidelines. As the patient moves through their early recovery, individual and/or group counseling are an essential part of recovery. The recovery center will provide any needed recommendations.
The general maintenance phase is the longest part of the recovery program. This phase begins when the patient's ideal medication dosage has been determined. Patients in the general maintenance phase are starting to feel both physically and emotionally well once again. During this part of treatment, patients will usually transition from weekly visits to monthly visits.
During this phase, the Suboxone will be tapered down slowly. Ultimately, the goal is for the patient to be 100 percent free of all opioid drugs. This process can take between 18 months and 24 months. At this point, the patient can be discharged. To help patients stay drug-free, monthly injections of Vivitrol are recommended for one year.
“I was immediately treated with dignity and respect by the staff & Dr. Brown. For the first time I felt like there was truly a place that cared about my situation”
“Suboxone has changed my life, it has brought me hope and stability to what was once chaos and uncertainty.”
“Dr. Brown and his staff are so caring and compassionate… I feel like “Janet”, not just another patient...This program has SAVED MY LIFE!”
"I feel confident that I will never become dependent on opiates again. The program assisted me with getting on track for good, I believe."
"I have been clean and sober since April 2014. That is a great accomplishment of mine... I live every day to the fullest thanks to the Addiction Recovery center."
"I prayed and didn’t give up and made one more call and found The Addiction Recovery Center. When I received a call back that same day, I was so happy talking to Gloria."