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1 Make the S.T.A.R.T. Steps To Addiction Recovery Treatment A Guide to Start the Conversation about Substance Use Disorder, Treatment Options, & Referral to Quality Treatment Programs in Your Local Area Provided by, Addiction Recovery Medical Services

2 How To Make the S.T.A.R.T. BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE THE STEPS TO ADDICTION RECOVERY TREATMENT WHEN SYMPTOMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ARE NOTICED The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic (Office of National Drug Control Policy BOBBY P. KEARNEY, MD Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences (National Institute on Drug Abuse A Board Certified Addictionologist by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Kearney provides a comprehensive service based on his expertise in addiction and pain management. In 2008, he was one of only 25 physicians in the state of North Carolina awarded diplomat status from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Service providers, community members, friends, and family of people struggling with addiction must be aware of the basic truths about addiction in order to help individuals make the steps to addiction recovery treatment. The S.T.A.R.T. Community Awareness Team provides in-person presentations and educational material to empower you with tools to start the conversation about noticed symptoms of addiction and the referral process for treatment. Dr. Kearney also holds board certification status from The American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology. With over 25 years of clinical experience Dr. Kearney is committed to providing cutting edge technology and treatment strategies in a warm and compassionate environment. Dr. Kearney is a father, husband, son and friend who understands the pain and suffering that addiction creates. He is actively involved in the community serving as a member of the Iredell County Advocacy Academy for Substance Abuse Awareness & Recovery. the disease of addiction can be treated IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND SHARE THE FACT THAT ADDICTION IS MEDICALLY TREATABLE, JUST AS OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESSES. NC Medical Board calls for coordination of treatment in new policy Treatment of patients with possible substance use disorder: "...should involve consultation with an addiction specialist before opioid therapy is initiated and include follow-up as needed. Patients who have an active substance use disorder should not receive opioid therapy until they are established in a treatment/recovery program, or alternatives such as co-management with an addiction professional are established. Physicians who treat patients with chronic pain are strongly encouraged to be knowledgeable about addiction, including recognizing behaviors that indicate addiction, and how and when to refer patients for addiction evaluation and treatment." Visit for complete document. Make the S.T.A.R.T. ARMS Can Help.com

3 EXPLORE TREATMENT OPTIONS. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services notes: Not all doctors have approval to prescribe this medication, and not all doctors provide counseling for addiction. Board Certified Addictionologist Bobby P. Kearney, MD is authorized to administer Buprenorphine and/or Methadone under a special license granted by both the State and Federal Government. He and the caring staff at ARMS offer a program that includes Individual and Group Counseling, as well as Intensive Outpatient Services. TREATING THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION WITH A PATIENT SHARES. One of the best decisions I ve made in my life was to call A.R.M.S. At Dr. Kearney s office, you are treated like a human being, not just an addict. Every single person on staff is there to help you. A.R.M.S. will give you the tools you need to help you succeed in conquering the disease. MAKE AN EASY REFERRAL. ARMSCanHelp.com/Make-A-Referral ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY "Medication-assisted treatment is treatment for addiction that includes the use of medication along with counseling and other support. Treatment that includes medication is often the best choice for opioid addiction. Taking medication for opioid addiction is like taking medication to control heart disease or diabetes. It is NOT the same as substituting one addictive drug for another. Used properly, the medication does NOT create a new addiction. It helps you manage your addiction so that the benefits of recovery can be maintained." ~ U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Benefits of Buprenorphine-Assisted Treatment Regain normal state of mind, free of drug-induced highs and lows. Reduces problems of withdrawals and cravings. Helps control disease, similar to taking medication for diabetes. Makes one feel normal, not high. Taken as prescribed, proven to be safer, with overdose unlikely. Research shows effective in treating the disease of addiction when combined with individual and group counseling services. Make the S.T.A.R.T ARMS Can Help.com

4 HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS Are you a healthcare provider that is worried about a patient s prescription or other drug use? If so, ARMS Can Help. Dr. Kearney is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Addictionology, and can help your patient get on track for the treatment that they need. After Dr. Kearney completes his assessment he will contact your office with his recommendation and then send your patient back for a follow-up appointment with you. Service Details: Assessment services include a urinalysis, assessment with a licensed counselor and an assessment with Dr. Kearney. Process takes between 2 and 3 hours Our insurance specialists can help with Medicaid and other insurance copay information. We accept the following insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield Cigna United HealthCare Medcost Medicaid Medicare How To Make the S.T.A.R.T. BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE THE STEPS TO ADDICTION RECOVERY TREATMENT WHEN SYMPTOMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ARE NOTICED By referring a patient to Dr. Kearney, you can determine whether or not your patient has a substance use disorder. Once a referral for an evaluation / consultation is made, our intake nurse will schedule an appointment for your patient. At the time of the appointment, the patient will meet with a counselor for a clinical assessment. After this assessment, the counselor will meet with Dr. Kearney and give him a background history as well as their clinical opinion. Dr. Kearney will then meet with and examine the patient. Upon completion of his examination and clinical assessment, Dr. Kearney will then discuss his findings with the patient; letting the patient know what recommendation he is going to make to you, the referring physician. Once the appointment is complete, Dr. Kearney will then contact you, the referring physician, to inform you of his recommendation. The office will also send over the appointment transcription for your records once it is complete. According the NC Medical Board Policy, treatment of patients with possible substance use disorder should involve consultation with an addiction specialist before opioid therapy is initiated and include follow-up as needed. We would like to be a resource to you in the coordination of care for individuals who may be struggling with substance use disorders. OUR SECURE, ONLINE REFERRAL TOOL MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU TO HELP THOSE YOU SUPPORT MAKE THE STEPS TO ADDICTION RECOVERY TREATMENT visit Make the S.T.A.R.T. ARMS Can Help.com

5 Individual Counseling and Group Options SA ASSESSMENTS & SERVICES OUR ARMS ARE OPEN TO ACCEPT AND CARE FOR YOU Are you or someone you know already being medically treated for an opiate addiction? Do you feel like you would benefit from addiction-based individual or group therapy? ARMS Can Help. We offer 16 hours of quality group therapy a week to help individuals develop drugrefusal skills, coping skills, and tools to help reach long-term goals of recovery. SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENT Have you or someone that you know received a court order to have a substance abuse assessment? Or maybe it was a referral from an agency such as DSS. Whatever your unique situation, the licensed staff at A.R.M.S. can help. Services Available Services Available Intake Processing Individual Counseling Family Counseling Group Therapy Urine Drug Screens Breathalyzer Consultation with insurance specialist Clinical Assessment by Substance Abuse Counselor Intake Processing (if assessment was completed elsewhere and treatment is being completed at A.R.M.S.) Individual Sessions & Family Sessions Group Therapy Urine Drug Screens Breathalyzer Our insurance specialists can help with Medicaid and other insurance copay information. Before starting groups an intake appointment needs to be scheduled. During this appointment you will meet with a counselor for a brief assessment and to develop treatment goals. This process will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Upon completion, the counselor will provide you with a group schedule and explain to you the procedure for attending group. Upon arrival you will meet with a counselor for a clinical assessment. The process will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours from time of arrival until departure. Once the counselor has met with you and completed the clinical assessment, the counselor will let you know what their recommendation will be. At this point, you will be given an appropriate resource list as well as a copy of your clinical assessment results. If you need that information sent to another party, the counselor will send it with a signed released.

6 Local & Surrounding Area Resources SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES OUR ARMS ARE OPEN TO ACCEPT AND CARE FOR YOU A.R.M.S. provides individualized treatment and multiple services to address the unique needs of patients. As part of a substance abuse and healthcare community that puts the wellbeing of patients first, we believe in sharing information that helps to expand treatment options for those working towards reaching longterm recovery goals. A complete list of resources can be found on our website. DWI ASSESSMENT Do you or someone you know have a recent or past unresolved DWI? If so, ARMS Can Help. Let our professional staff help you determine what you need for an assessment and set up an appointment. Based on your assessment recommendations, you can either complete any requirements at ARMS or we can refer you to another facility of your choosing. Service Details DWI Assessment: $100 Celebrate Recovery Christ-Centered Support Group Intake Processing Group Sessions / Individual Sessions Breathalyzer Grace Home for Women Hebron Colony for Men Faith-Based Residential Treatment CrossRoads 24-Hr Help SA / MA Services National Suicide 24-Hr Prevention Line Urinary Drug Screen Any motor vehicle driving documents obtained by ARMS for the assessment are at NO COST to the DWI client. The following documents are required for an assessment: DMV Driving Record ($8.00) www. ncdot.gov/dmv/records Copy of the citation / court docket Copy of the BAC Upon arrival you will present the three required documents to the receptionist. A clinical assessment will be completed by a licensed counselor. Once the assessment has been completed the counselor will let you know what treatment is recommended. That recommendation will be sent with you along with a list of relevant treatment facilities. If you would like your information to be sent to any other party, the counselor can do this once consents are signed. The counselor will also notify the DMV of the recommendation.

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8 MAKE THE S.T.A.R.T. ARMS Can Help SERVICE PROVIDERS MAY NOTICE SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION Need more information? Our S.T.A.R.T. Community Awareness Team would love to speak with you more about treatment options for the people you serve. You may visit our website to make a referral, submit your inquiries online, or you may contact us directly. We will gladly set up an appointment time to meet with you. FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS & FAMILY MAY NOTICE SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION If someone you care about, know, or work with seems to be struggling with addiction, help them make the S.T.A.R.T. by informing them of treatment options available in the area. ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION? We want you to be empowered with the information you need to make the best decisions about your recovery. A member of our Community Awareness Team can help point you in the right direction. Make the S.T.A.R.T. ARMS Can Help ADDICTION RECOVERY MEDICAL SERVICES 536 SIGNAL HILL DRIVE EXT STATESVILLE, NC phn fax

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