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Update on Medication-Assisted Treatment

Submitted by LCO Behavioral Health


This is an update for those in addiction to opioids that are interested in the “Suboxone” or “Vivitrol” medication assisted therapy, (MAT). We would like to clear up any mis-information that is currently in the community.


LCO Health Center DOES NOT CURRENTLY prescribe suboxone or continue prescriptions from LE Phillips or other facilities. They can prescribe “Vivitrol” if you see a provider and have been completely free of all opioid products for at least 7 days.


Suboxone requires certain steps by the state to be able to have a prescriber and the medication. Indian Health Service requirements are usually even more strict than the states and our clinic is in the process of putting all the components together to be able to prescribe. Dr. Palop is trained and able, however the LCO Health Center is working on compliance through pharmacy, counseling, and nursing as well, which must be in place first.

SUBOXONE sublingual film is indicated for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support.


North Lakes Clinic does have a MAT program at 15954 Riversedge Dr, Hayward, WI 54843, Phone: (888) 834-4551. It often takes a couple of weeks to get into their program. MAT is an intensive program as statistically without the complete treatment program success rates are very low. Expect to be urine screened 3 times a week, counseling and group 2-5 times a week based on your own success.


If you prefer a Tribal Clinic, Bad River Behavior Health has openings and their phone is (715) 682-7133. It will take a week or so to get in and then it will be the same regimen of intensive groups and meetings. If you are established with a provider at Bizhiki Wellness Center (715) 558-1193 they may be able to have some of the counseling, group, or testing, through your current provider if they choose. They are required to be responsible for the assurance of your well being and will be strict about how that looks.


Bizhiki, LCO Behavioral Health, has three counselors that can aid you in getting into Detox, and additional treatment. If you feel you are ready to quit opioids and need immediate help you must tell them that you are seeking a same day appointment to aid in detoxification and treatment. They also have other sources that can help with rides and necessities if verified that you are going to a facility. Notification will come from LCO BH when MAT is in place.


It took time to get into addiction and the process of recovery is going to take time as well. Be proud that you have chosen to make this step and be patient and know that it will take time to get on a good path.