Addiction treatment group expands opening hours – CCN

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Coastal Horizons is expanding its Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) to include overnight services, making it only the second program of its kind in the state.

Coastal Horizons has offered daytime OTP in New Hanover County since October 1991. Currently, they have enrolled 619 patients in our daytime OTP and have welcomed 19 patients in the evening OTP in just three days in the new initiative.

“Expanding our OTP to evening hours is an important step forward in our mission to provide comprehensive and accessible care to people struggling with opioid use disorder,” said Ryan Estes, COO of Coastal Horizons. “We understand that our patients have different schedules and obligations, and we want to ensure that treatment is available to them when they need it. Our goal is to remove barriers and support our community in any way we can.”

Evening dosing is from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, while morning dosing in New Hanover County is available from 5:30 AM to 11:00 AM. For those looking to get treatment, they can visit Coastal Horizons at 615 Shipyard Blvd. in Wilmington between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Coastal Horizons also offers daytime OTP in Brunswick and Pender counties.

Coastal Horizons’ OTP provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals struggling with opioid addiction. MAT combines the use of FDA-approved medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, with counseling and behavioral therapies. This comprehensive approach has been shown to improve patient survival, prolong treatment retention, and reduce illicit opioid use among people with substance use disorders.

Better accessibility allows people with daytime obligations, such as work, school or childcare, to receive treatment, the organization said in a press release. It also ensures better continuity of care, reducing the risk of missed doses and improving overall treatment outcomes.