3 Qs in 3 Mins: Inside the New Season Methadone Clinic with COO, Keith Lester

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Methadone Clinic

Welcome to the second installment of our multi-part blog series that is providing our readers an inside look into the New Season organization, specifically how we provide top-notch treatment to our patients by administering medication-assisted treatment and professional counseling services across the 72 methadone clinics throughout the nation.

The blog series format follow suit with the previous posts — “three questions in three minutes” with key and essential personnel in the New Season organization.

In this post, we’ll talk with the New Season Chief Operating Officer Keith Lester, and he’ll offer a comprehensive overlook on our treatment centers.

Q & A with Keith Lester, New Season Chief Operating Officer

Question: Is opioid addiction a national health crisis, and what can be done?

Answer: Opioid addiction has swept the nation at an alarming rate, sending 1,000 people to U.S. emergency rooms per day and taking more than 100 lives each and every day.

While the American public is inclined to help people battling diabetes or obesity, they are less likely to understand the mental health disorder that leads people to overuse opioids like prescription pain medication or heroin. We need to be more sensitive to people who have fallen ill to opioid use disorder and understand that they are facing a brain disease. Our role to help combat this crisis is to help them find and stick with a treatment program that will make them valuable members of society once again.

Question: How does New Season treat opioid abusers?

Answer: Our professional team of medical clinicians and credentialed counselors are trained to address opioid use disorder as the brain disease it is. To help understand the nature of addiction, compare it to a well-known and more understood disease: diabetes.

Both diseases may start with voluntary choices such as not following directions for an opioid prescription or eating too much sugar. Because of these initial choices, organs in your body are affected. In the case of diabetes, the pancreas does not work properly. In the case of opioids, brain function is damaged, affecting the ability to make decisions, react to stress, memory, the ability to learn and behavioral control. In both cases, longer periods of abuse results in greater, possibly chronic and long-term damage.

Medication is required to help organs stabilize so that the patient can then focus on changing habits and making better health choices.

Question: What support does New Season offer to help patients reach the goal of recovery?

Answer: New Season employs a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment approach in outpatient care because it is a proven method to get the best results for patients. Our complete portfolio of services are provided for an affordable daily fee that averages $15 (the daily rate varies from $11 to $19 depending on the treatment clinic location).

The services offered at each New Season Treatment Center include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Medical exams, drug screens, and TB testing
  • Counseling including one-on-one, group and family
  • Medication-assisted treatment, commonly referred to as “MAT”
  • Assistance with finding health services we do not provide to ensure continuity of care
  • Wide range of support services to include finding housing, child care, employment counseling, job training and assistance with GED programs
  • Helping patients develop social skills
  • Medically-supervised withdrawal

Each New Season location has an extensive team of treatment and support professionals to provide these services including licensed physicians, a program director, substance abuse counselors and nurses.

Thank you for taking an inside look into the nation’s leading methadone clinic, New Season.

If you are a member of the news media or general public requesting further information, please contact our marketing team at media-relations@cmglp.com. If you are interested in learning more about our treatment options for opioid use disorder, speak with one of our trained professionals 24/7 at 1-877-284-7074.

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