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ACHIEVE WHOLE RECOVERY, PC

1115 Elkton Dr

Suite 300

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

(719) 373-9703 office

(877) 588-3465 fax

 

EMAIL-ACHIEVE WHOLE RECOVERY: admin@achievewholerecovery.com

 

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 8AM - 6PM

 

 

 

Important Information about Achieve Whole Recovery Policies

Office hours: By appointment only.  *Walk-in appointments are accommodated on a limited basis.

1115 Elkton Drive, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO  80907

In general, office hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 6PM.  Please call to set up any visit or appointment. 

Emails and voice mails are usually returned with 24 hours of the next business day which can be the following week.  If an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.  For current patients only – if an urgent issue during or after hours, please call (719) 373-9703 and leave a message if not answered.  Please do not delay medical care by waiting for a return call - delays in response can be out of our control.

Fees

Rates are as follows:

  • First appointment/Full Evaluation:  $350
  • Evaluation with Suboxone Induction: $450
  • Psychiatry follow-up appointment: $125
  • Addiction treatment follow-up: $150
  • Phone calls: Brief phone calls (usually less than 5 minutes) to cover issues such as scheduling appointments, reactions to new medications, returning my phone call to you, etc., will not be billed.  Extended phone calls or multiple phone calls may be billed an average of $300/hour, and this will be discussed with the patient on a case by case basis.
  • Reports, Consultations, and Other Special Documentation:  In the rare circumstance that my services are needed to prepare specific reports or documentation beyond a routine office appointment, the rate will be $300/hour.   These services, if needed, will be fully discussed with the patient prior to the service being provided.
  • Cancelled appointments with less than 48 hour notice and no-shows will be billed to you at the full rate of the scheduled visit. 

Cancellation policy

Appointments must be cancelled with at least a 48 hour notice.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours or missed appointments without notice (“no-shows”) will be billed at the full rate of the scheduled visit.  Late arrivals will be billed at the full rate without extending the scheduled appointment, and another appointment may be required to complete the service.

Past Due Accounts

 Payment is due at time of service.  Accepted methods of payment include cash, check, credit card, and debit card.  There will be a $25 additional charge on all returned checks added to the full service fee plus any bank charges.  Failure to make payment will result in late fees and possible suspension or termination of treatment.  Accounts receivable more than 90 days will be assessed a $25 billing fee per month starting with the first month.  Past due accounts may be referred to collections and will include the amount owed plus reasonable attorney fees and court costs.  

 

Collaboration of Care with Other Providers

Communication with other care providers, including your family doctor, therapist, or other clinicians is strongly recommended for the best possible treatment outcome.  Please provide their contact information and your consent to communicate with them.  Only essential and pertinent medical will be shared with your providers in accordance with privacy laws. Please talk to me about any concerns.

Important health information for females - Pregnancy

All medications pose some danger to the fetus or breast-feeding child.  If you are pregnant, feel you may be pregnant, decide to become pregnant, or no longer practice regular birth control, you must notify me as soon as possible so that we can discuss this in advance of a pregnancy.  Waiting until you are pregnant may unnecessarily expose the fetus to dangerous medication.  Sometimes, the risks of not treating mental illness are greater than the risks of the medication, but treatment will still only be with the consent of the patient, and you will be asked to sign a written consent stating that you understand the risks before treatment is given.

Expectation of Treatment Compliance

Repeated cancelled appointments or not adhering to the treatment plan such as not taking medication as prescribed or not following through with therapeutic recommendations will sabotage the plan for recovery.  If it becomes evident that there is a recurrent pattern of these issues, the first step will be to discuss solutions to see if this is something that can be worked through.   If the issues persist after this step, it will be recommended that you seek care with another provider. 

Abuse of Prescription Medications

Abuse or misuse of medication prescribed by me to you will not be tolerated.  This not only includes taking more medication than prescribed or recommended, but also selling your medication to others, obtaining duplicate prescriptions for controlled substances without my consent, or buying prescription medication “off the street.”  At a minimum, if this occurs you will be requested to seek care with another provider, but there may also be risk of legal consequences.  Controlled substances will be monitored the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Photo Copies and Electronic Signatures

A photo copy of any signed form will be considered as an original copy.  An electronic signature will be considered the same as a signature by hand.

Doctor’s Absences and After-Hours Calls

Emails and voice mails are usually returned with 24 hours of the next business day which can be the following week.  If an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.  For current patients only – if an urgent issue during or after hours, please call (719) 373-9703 and leave a message if not answered.  Please do not delay medical care by waiting for a return call - delays in response can be out of our control.

Medication and Refills

If you are taking medication, you agree to take medication only as prescribed and not to ingest any alcohol or illicit drugs.  Medication refills should be called into your pharmacy at least five days before running out.  Concerta, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, Vyvanse and other stimulant and controlled medications cannot be called in and these prescription refills will need to be mailed to you or picked up by you, which may entail an additional charge.   You are responsible for monitoring your supply. 

Privacy, Confidentiality and Safety

Personal information shared with me during our sessions is confidential and not shared with anyone without a signed release of information, except under specific legal and safety concerns as defined by laws.  If there is an indication of child abuse, risk of danger to self, or risk of danger to others, we are legally bound to report the concerns to the appropriate authorities.   

As noted above, communication with your other care providers including your family doctor, therapist, or other clinicians is strongly recommended for the best possible treatment outcome.  Please provide their contact information and your consent to communicate with them.  Only essential and pertinent medical will be shared with your providers in accordance with privacy laws.  Your signed consent is necessary for me to be able to communicate with them.

It is my policy that a guardian or parent with legal custody must accompany the patient who is under 18 years old to each and every visit. You must tell me immediately if there are any legal changes in custody.

If a controlled substance is prescribed, in accordance with state law, "the patient’s prescription information will be loaded into the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program [by the issuing pharmacy] and may be queried by authorized individuals."

 

Suboxone Patient Agreement (Patients planning to accept Suboxone treament will be asked to sign)

Suboxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of people with opioid dependence.  Suboxone can be used for detoxification or maintenance therapy.  Maintenance therapy can continue as long as medically necessary.

Suboxone itself is an opioid, but it is not as strong an opioid as heroin or morphine.  Suboxone treatment can result in physical dependence of the opiate type.  Suboxone withdrawal is generally less intense than with heroin or methadone.  If Suboxone is suddenly discontinued, some patients have no withdrawal symptoms; others have symptoms such as muscle aches, stomach cramps, or diarrhea lasting several days.  To minimize the possibility of opioid withdrawal, buprenorphine should be discontinued gradually, usually over several weeks or more.

I understand that I am dependent on opiates and I should be in as much withdrawal as possible when I take the first dose of Suboxone.  If I am not in withdrawal, Suboxone may cause significant opioid withdrawal and physical discomfort.  For that reason, I agree to take the first dose in the doctor’s office and remain in the office for observation for up to 3 hours.  Within a few days, I will have a prescription for Suboxone that will be filled in a pharmacy.

Some patients find that it takes several days to get used to the transition from the opioid they have been using to Suboxone.  During that time, any use of other opioids may cause in an increase in symptoms.  After I am stabilized on Suboxone, I understand that other opioids will have less effect.  Attempts to override the Suboxone by taking more opioids could result in an opioid overdose.  I agree to not take any other medication without discussing it first with my doctor.

Combining Suboxone with alcohol or some other medications may also be hazardous.  The combination of Suboxone with medication such as Xanax, Valium, Librium, Ativan, or other sedatives or tranquilizers has resulted in deaths.  I agree not to take such mediations with Suboxone.

The form of Suboxone I will be taking is a combination of buprenorphine with a short-acting opiate blocker (naloxone).  If the tablet were dissolved and injected by someone taking heroin or another strong opioid, it could cause severe opiate withdrawal.

Suboxone tablets or the Suboxone strip must be held under the tongue until it dissolves completely.  Suboxone is then absorbed over the next 30-120 minutes from the tissue under the tongue.  Suboxone will not be absorbed from the stomach if it is swallowed.  Suboxone can cost $10+ a day just for the medication.  If I have medical insurance, I will need to find out whether or not Suboxone is a benefit. 

Suboxone is a controlled substance, in accordance with state law, "the patient’s prescription information will be loaded into the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program [by the issuing pharmacy] and may be queried by authorized individuals."


 

 

Our address is:  1115 ELKTON DR. SUITE #300, Colorado Springs, CO  80907.  This is located just off of West Garden of the Gods Road. 

NEW PATIENTS - Please  call ACHIEVE WHOLE RECOVERY at (719) 373-9703 or email admin@achievewholerecovery.com. 

More appointment times are open.  NEW PATIENTS ARE WELCOME and most appointments can often be accommodated within 1 to 2 weeks (or sooner!)

SUBOXONE (BUPRENORPHINE) TREATMENT and VIVITROL TREATMENT is available.  Please call ACHIEVE WHOLE RECOVERY at 719-373-9703 to schedule an appointment.

BENZODIAZEPINE  DEPENDENCE - MEDICALLY SUPERVISED TAPER PLANS  are available. 

 

*Please note – we do not have inpatient detox or emergency medical services.  If you are experiencing an acute medical or emotional condition, please call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room.