Community Medical Services (CMS) operates a network of a CARF-accredited clinics that provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addicts. CMS was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1983 and now owns additional clinics in Alaska, Montana and North Dakota. Its Alaska clinic, located in Wasilla, opened in 2016 and provides treatment with Suboxone, methadone and Vivitrol.
Treatment and Staff
Prospective clients first have a phone assessment. If they’re suitable for treatment, CMS then schedules an in-person assessment within seven days. After their assessments, clients are given a treatment plan using daily doses of methadone or Suboxone or monthly injections of Vivitrol. Clients also receive recommendations for group and individual therapy at the clinic. Clients are asked to attend a minimum of one group and one individual session per week.
Physicians administer medication and addiction counselors, such as CDC-Is, run the treatment groups at CMS. The foundation of treatment at is Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) but groups also incorporate CBT skills and Motivational Interviewing (MI). The treatment team may address co-occurring disorders in therapy, but clients in need of dual diagnosis support are usually referred to local mental health clinics for additional support. Groups have under 15 participants and explore recovery issues and relapse prevention. There are also several groups for prenatal and post-birth issues, to support the clinic’s large number of pregnant clients.
After 90 days of successful treatment, methadone clients can begin applying for take-home doses. CMS doesn’t pressure clients to taper on any set timeline and works with each individual to create a customized plan should they want desire to off of medication.
In rare instances, if clients are unable to meet their treatment plan’s recommendation for group therapy, they may substitute attendance at NA meetings. CMS also hopes to begin offering family education groups within the year.
Community Medical Services’ Wasilla clinic offers several courses of MAT in south central Alaska. With multiple therapy groups each week, including those for pregnant clients and new parents, the clinic is continuously evolving its services to meet the needs of Wasilla’s opioid addicts.
Community Medical Services Alaska
2521 Mountain Village Dr
Wasilla, AK 99654
Community Medical Services Alaska Cost: Accepts insurance; self-pay: $120 (per week). Reach Community Medical Services by phone at (855) 203-6352. Find Community Medical Services on Facebook and YouTube
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