FNA expanding Opioid treatment to Borough residents

In October, 'Fairbanks Native Association Behavioral Health' will be expanding to provide more Opioid Treatment to anyone in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Area.

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This outpatient project will collaborate with partner agencies to provide individual care to those struggling with Opioid Use Disorder.

Their intent is to provide addicts with an average six-month intensive treatment program and provide recovery support through case management.

Each patient will be treated on individual needs and will be able to choose their method of recovery.

The program will help provide access to withdrawal medication, the bridge device, counseling services, and in-patient care if needed.

FNA Director of Behavior Health, Perry Ahsogeak, says whatever financial issues patients have, they will not be a barrier in receiving help.

"One of the things that we really focus on is individualized treatment. Making sure that you get the treatment that you need as it relates to withdrawing from alcohol or Opioids. That includes working with you to find housing, employment, to take care of your health needs. Because if you have been using alcohol for months or Opioids for months, we know you haven't been taking care of yourself. Because if you don't take care of yourself, we know once you get back into the community, you are going to relapse."

To find out more information on the new outpatient opioid program, you can contact the Ralph Perdue Center at 452-6251.