536 Signal Hill Drive Ext  |  Statesville, NC  28625  |  704-872-0234
31 E. Main Ave  |  Taylorsville, NC  28681
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Do we treat adolescents?
No. We do not treat patients under the age of 18. However, addiction affects families and children may participate in family therapy with adult patients when appropriate.

Are we an inpatient program?
No. ARMS only provides outpatient treatment programs.

What is the program like?
We attempt to make the patient feel safe and comfortable in group and avoid confrontational or adversarial treatment. 

Can a person come for detox and not participate in the counseling part of our program?
We have found that when detox is done without the person participating in a counseling program that the rate of relapse is high. It makes more sense to us for a patient to be part of a comprehensive treatment program.
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What is buprenorphine (suboxone)?
Buprenorphine is a medication used in treating people with opioid problems.

Do you provide buprenorphine (suboxone) without requiring the patient to participate in counseling?

Do you follow a 12-step model?
While it is not a mandatory requirement for our program, we strongly encourage patients to participate in a 12-step group or other self-help group such as Celebrate Recovery. However, all patients are required to participate in individual and/or group psychotherapy that consists of more clinical therapy than 12 step meetings or self-help groups provide.
What does outpatient treatment involve?
ARMS outpatient programs for addiction to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol is based on the educational LIVING IN BALANCE matrix developed by Hazelden and other evidenced based materials. This unique approach is most effective in a group setting with others who are also on the road to recovery.

Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program usually consists of individual, group, and family therapy and education. The length of the program is individualized according to personal need

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient usually consists of 9 hours of groups (three 3 hour sessions) per week for 8 to 14 weeks. It also includes individual therapy and family sessions.
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How is Suboxone (buprenorphine) supplied?
Suboxone comes in 2 mg and 8 mg strengths as sublingual (placed under the tongue to dissolve) tablets.

Where can patients get Suboxone (buprenorphine)?
Suboxone is available in most commercial pharmacies.

Where can I go for more information on Suboxone (buprenorphine)?
Go to: http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/

What is the cost of outpatient treatment at ARMS?
The fees are based on individual clinical needs and services used. ARMS accepts Medicaid and some other insurances.
What is addiction medicine and what makes it different from other fields of practice?
Addiction medicine is an interdisciplinary practice specializing in the identification and treatment of persons whose disorders are caused or exacerbated by the use of addictive substances. Such substances have the unique property of promoting continued use in a compulsive manner despite adverse consequences to the user. In our society, the most notable offending substances are nicotine, alcohol, opiates, stimulant drugs, and marijuana.

Services typically offered by specialist in addiction medicine include:

  Assessment of substance use disorders.

  Management of withdrawal.

  Consultation with other physicians concerning identification, intervention and management of patients in hospital or office practice whose disorders are directly linked to use of these substances.

  Facilitation of patient engagement in treatment programs designed to reduce the progression of the patient’s substance-related problems.

  Development of outcomes-based treatment programs for such patients.

  Environmental modifications so as to alter the social, behavioral, and pharmacologic inputs that support the continuation of substance abuse and dependence.

  Research into the genetic and neurobioligic aspects of addiction, with the ultimate goal of developing improved methods of prevention, early intervention and treatment (behavioral and pharmacologic) of addictive disorders.
I am addicted to pain pills, but I have pain. What can I do? 
Dr. Kearney is an expert in both pain management and addiction medicine. There are several options available without continuous use of pain pills.

Are patients able to take home supplies of buprenorphine?
Yes, Suboxone is less tightly controlled than methadone because it has a lower potential for abuse and is less dangerous. Take home supplies are based on ongoing success in your recovery process.

Who can prescribe buprenorphine?
Only qualified doctors with the necessary DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) identification numbers are able to start in-office treatment and provide prescriptions for ongoing medication. CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment) maintains a database to help patients locate qualified doctors.
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