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Offered by the Department of Psychiatry, the Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program fills the gap between residential drug addiction programs and community-run treatment, such as 12-step programs.
“We have determined that there’s a fairly substantial need for this in
While the program is available for any drug addiction, Cargile said he expects it to be particularly helpful for patients who have become addicted to prescription pain medications.
“Our success rate has been very good,” Cargile said.
Despite the need, such treatment has been lacking because it is often not covered by private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. At UAMS, patients will be charged fees that are as low as possible but that will sustain the program, Cargile said.
The outpatient program will use counseling and new medications, such as Suboxone, that helps people beat their addictions by blunting the effects of illicit drugs.
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