Outpatient medical practice for opioid and alcohol addiction opens in Vergennes

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VERGENNES — SaVida Health, an outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, opened a new treatment center in Vergennes on Monday.

SaVida Health Vergennes is located at 214 Main Street.

The group says their approach to care sets it apart from other programs by treating each patient on an individual basis and providing comprehensive, evidence-based services designed to meet a person’s unique needs.

In addition to prescribing FDA-approved medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol during either weekly, biweekly or monthly visits, SaVida’s licensed professionals also provide medical care, counseling, case management, and long-term support.

Through its case management services, SaVida says they help connect patients who might be experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, or unemployment to area resources.

“While methadone is an option for patients requiring a highly structured daily program, there are far more benefits to the buprenorphine-based medicines we prescribe,” said Dr. Sue Cary, Medical Director at SaVida Health. “Unlike methadone, there is no euphoric high or cognitive impairment with buprenorphine. Because there is a ceiling effect, dose levels can be decreased over time.”

SaVida Health Vergennes is currently accepting patients.

Appointments can be made at the Vergennes location by calling (802) 870-0662.

“Vermont is where I grew up so I couldn’t be more excited to bring our services to Vergennes,” said Sharon Shepard, Chief Operating Officer at SaVida Health. “Addiction is a chronic disease that has touched most people’s lives.”