Pittsburgh, PA (August 16, 2017) … Familylinks, Inc. has announced the formal launch of operations at its Suboxone Clinic located within the agency’s Recovery Support Center at 250 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The Suboxone Clinic began receiving referrals from a number of local substance abuse and mental health providers in June, addressing critical opioid dependency issues for this area. The Suboxone Clinic is available to residents of Allegheny County, age 18 and older, following a brief screening process at Familylinks and a commitment to the Clinic’s therapy and treatment plan. Familylinks has an extensive history as an effective provider of outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services in the County.
Frederick A. Massey, Jr., Chief Executive Officer at Familylinks, stated: “Establishing our agency’s Suboxone Clinic has been a priority for Familylinks as it complements our decades-long experience serving the community with a comprehensive array of direct treatment programs and supportive services for individuals in recovery.”
He continued, “As part of our mission to support individuals as they work to become ‘Strong For Life,’ we recognize that addiction affects families at every level – emotional, financial and physical. Familylinks has always dedicated our efforts to addressing the needs of individuals and families as a whole, and the addition of the Suboxone Clinic to our array of support programs is especially timely as our region and the nation deal with the devastation of opioid addiction.”
Mr. Massey noted that Familylinks provides mental health outpatient treatment and counseling services in the South Hills at the agency’s Banksville Road facility, as well as mental health and drug and alcohol treatment and counseling services at the Shady Avenue/East Liberty location of the Recovery Support Center and Suboxone Clinic.
Anyone seeking more information about accessing treatment and services available through the Recovery Support Center and Suboxone Clinic can call the Familylinks Central Intake office at 866-583-6003.
Familylinks newly-appointed Director of Behavioral Health, De’netta Benjamin, LCSW, will oversee all mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs at the agency. She commented, “Every day, our professional staff at the Recovery Support Center/Suboxone Clinic looks forward to engaging individuals who are in the process of regaining control, repairing relationships, and maintaining recovery in the future. We are very excited to be able to further expand our agency’s expertise in addiction recovery to the community.”
Familylinks also operates the Family Treatment Center, a residential facility for women in recovery, one of only two in the County that permit women to bring their children with them. In addition, Familylinks provides mental health and drug/alcohol prevention outreach to individuals and the community through its School and Community-Based Program, Early Childhood Program, and Parentline Program with a focus on promoting healthy lifestyle and activity choices for individuals and groups. The agency’s Caregivers First program is available to assist families with older adults in need of in-home resources, and the Vintage Senior Center for active older adults provides engaging activities for seniors. In fiscal 2016, Familylinks served more than 9,300 clients in Allegheny County and other regions providing services to homeless young adults, individuals in recovery, older adults and their caregivers, children with developmental disabilities, and families needing support dealing with behavioral health issues.
For more than 50 years, Familylinks has provided high satisfaction, high-impact programs to families and individuals in western PA serving a wide and diverse range of people from the young child struggling with emotional needs to the older woman trying to maintain her independence. Through our Behavioral Health division, we provide services for children, adults, couples, and families experiencing emotional and psychological issues. We also provide a continuum of treatment options for people struggling with alcohol and other drugs, as well as a therapeutic elementary school for children. Our Youth and Family Services division provides emergency shelter for homeless youth, along with independent living for children aging out of foster care, job skills development for at-risk youth, and provide a unique therapeutic placement for children with both developmental and mental health issues. The Service Coordination division offers case management for intellectually disabled children and adults to ensure the best quality of life, and home-based case management to the elderly. Supportive assistance for children diagnosed with a mental health issue is also offered in this division.
Important Facts About Drug Use
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported an estimated 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older (8.9% of this population) were current (past month) illicit drug users. Of these, 5.1 million were non-medical users of pain relievers, with 2 million new initiates in the past year. Of the 22.6 million, 7.1 million met the criteria for substance abuse or dependence on illicit drugs. An estimated 1.9 million of these individuals were dependent on or abusing pain relievers, with an estimated 357,000 abusing or dependent on heroin. We know from this and other surveys that these estimates have remained relatively stable or grown in recent years, as has the average age of first use, estimated to be 19.1 years (21 years for non-medical prescription drug abuse).
Suboxone is an evidence-based, medication-assisted detox therapy method used to decrease the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence. Used in conjunction with a treatment plan that includes individual and group therapy as well as lifestyle changes, Suboxone can assist the client on the path to recovery.