WHO WE ARE
Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (CSTC) are full service, comprehensive opioid treatment programs accredited by The Joint Commission (JCAHO) specializing in the medical treatment of opioid (prescription pain killers and/or heroin) addiction utilizing FDA-approved medications such as methadone or buprenorphine (Subutex/Suboxone) in conjunction with individual counseling, group therapy, and peer support services. CSTC believes in treating the entire person. Each patient will receive a full physical examination, including blood work, at least annually, and we also test for different infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C upon admission and yearly thereafter. We have a full staff including a Licensed Physician trained in addiction medicine, Registered and/or Licensed Practical Nurses, and Licensed and/or Certified Addictions Counselors ready to help you plan your journey on the road to recovery!
OUR MISSION & VISION
It is the mission of Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (CSTC) to provide a respectful, therapeutic, and safe environment that will assist and encourage opioid dependent individuals to stabilize functioning so that they are able to improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Believing that addiction is a disease, Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers provide medical treatment for opioid addiction using the safe and proven effective medications methadone and buprenorphine along with individual and group counseling. Our patients are the opioid addicted individuals who are seeking treatment and attempting to change and/or improve their quality of life. We recognize the complexity of working with these addicted individuals and therefore provide care in medical, psychological, sociological, economical and spiritual areas of treatment. All treatment at CSTC will be conducted in an environment that promotes positive encouragement and the dignity of all.
We are committed to meeting the expectations of the staff, patients, and the community. We believe that methadone and buprenorphine maintenance are valid medical treatments and are needed to assist the opioid-addicted individual. Treatment should be available to provide support, education, counseling and resources when these individuals seek help.
We believe that methadone and buprenorphine treatment provide a service to the community by the reduction of crime, medical treatment and emergency room visits, and public assistance utilization. Methadone and buprenorphine treatment also reduce the spreading of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS by lowering and eliminating injection opioid use.
Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (CSTC) adhere to a recovery-focused and recovery-oriented philosophy of treatment.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a "working definition" of RECOVERY in December 2011 that refers to it as "A PROCESS OF CHANGE THROUGH WHICH INDIVIDUALS IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS, LIVE A SELF-DIRECTED LIFE, AND STRIVE TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL." SAMHSA also delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: Health, Home, Purpose and Community.
CSTC will primarily help you focus on the health dimension, about which SAMHSA says: "overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing." The medication(s), medical consultation and psychosocial support we offer will help you first and foremost "improve your health and wellness." Once your health begins to improve and your physical withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings are at bay, your home life will begin to improve, you will once again be able to perceive and determine your own purpose & you will start becoming more engaged in your community.
ACCREDITATIONS | LICENSURES | CERTIFICATIONS
CSTC is a small group of accredited opioid treatment programs committed to putting patients above profits and striving to look to evidence-based principles and practices in all that we do. Our comprehensive treatment centers are much more than "methadone clinics," as the medications we provide are utilized as one small tool in the overall individualized treatment plans that help each of our patients along their own unique journeys to recovery from prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction.
Each CSTC program is licensed, registered, certified and/or approved by:
- Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) within the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ)
- State Methadone Authority (SMA)/State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)
- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
- State Board of Pharmacy/Georgia Drugs & Narcotics Agency - Georgia program
- Healthcare Facilities Regulation Division (HFR) within the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) - Georgia program
- State Drug Control Unit - North Carolina programs
- Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (MHDDSAS) within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) - North Carolina programs
RECOVERY ORIENTED METHADONE MAINTENANCE
A groundbreaking paper was written by William L. White and Lisa Mojer-Torres, and published in 2010, titled 'RECOVERY ORIENTED METHADONE MAINTENANCE' in which White and Torres lay the groundwork for the development of methadone maintenance in the wider recovery movement's history. This paper has helped to bring Methadone Maintenance Treatment providers and patients into the larger recovery movement by recognizing that taking a legal and efficacious medication, such as methadone (or buprenorphine) does not mean an individual is not "clean" or otherwise not in recovery. As we saw from SAMHSA's Working Definition of Recovery above, taking a medication has absolutely nothing to do with recovery. In fact, the medications we administer as part of a comprehensive treatment program can actually help FOSTER a life in recovery.