I have been doing consulting work with Dr. Hatem Hamed in Metairie, LA as part of a team that treats opiate addiction by using Suboxone. There has been a lot of debate about the effectiveness of Suboxone as a treatment, yet I have found that it can be a very effective intervention to help someone suffering from opiate addiction to stabilize, and eventually wean down off the Suboxone. As part of the team, I do the initial Substance Abuse Evaluation, followed by monthly counseling sessions. The focus is to not only to treat the individual with a medical intervention, but also provide the emotional, psychological and spiritual support to move into a more stable and productive lifestyle. The clinic is called Advanced Medical Management. Each opiate addict that enters treatment, stabilizes and weans off of Suboxone is one more person moving into a productive, positive member of our community. For more information, you can call Advanced Medical Management at 504-837-5244.