What We Do
A national leader in outpatient addiction treatment.
Ideal Option employs more than 250 addiction medicine providers and staff in over 80 outpatient clinics across 11 states. We’re proud to have helped more than 65,000 patients on their journey to long-term stable recovery from addiction.
Ideal Option provides direct patient care in more than 80 outpatient clinics in convenient locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, New Mexico, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, Maryland, and Nebraska.
Ideal Option has helped more than 65,000 patients start and sustain recovery from addiction to opioids and other substances with medication, behavioral health services, and community partnerships.
Ideal Option employs more than 250 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals who are experienced, trained, and passionate about addiction medicine and patient care.
Common Questions about Ideal Option
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About Ideal Option
Who is Ideal Option?
With over 80 clinics in 11 states, Ideal Option is one of the nation’s largest outpatient providers of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substances. Founded in 2012 by two emergency medicine physicians, Ideal Option’s mission is to provide underserved populations with low-barrier access to evidence-based addiction treatment – saving lives, healing families, and helping communities.
Is Ideal Option a residential program?
No. Ideal Option is an outpatient clinic – very much like a primary care or other medical office. Patients do not stay overnight, they see us for short appointments, every few days to start and then less frequently over time. Our most stable patients come into the clinic for 30-minute appointments just once a month.
What are the credentials of Ideal Option providers?
Ideal Option providers are made up of medical doctors (MDs), physician assistants (PA-Cs), and nurse practitioners (ARNP, CRNP). Our clinics are also staffed by a combination of registered and certified medical assistants. Nearly all our physicians are board certified in addiction medicine.
What training do Ideal Option providers receive?
Ideal Option providers are required to complete up to 24 hours of training to receive a practitioner waiver required by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prescribe buprenorphine. Ideal Option is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and our providers regularly complete ASAM's trainings and reference up to date guidelines to ensure they are providing our patients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment available.
How will I be treated at Ideal Option?
We treat our patients like we would want to be treated ourselves: with respect, compassion, empathy, and without judgement. Everyone at Ideal Option understands that addiction is a disease, not a lifestyle choice, and that every patient's situation and history is unique. We take your privacy seriously and we will work hard to help you get better.
Where are Ideal Option clinics located?
We have over 80 clinics located in 11 states. For the most current list of Ideal Option clinics, visit our Find a Clinic page.
Why are some appointments with a telemedicine provider?
Seeing one of our providers via video conference (telemedicine) allows Ideal Option to provide care to many more patients each day than would be possible with onsite providers alone. This helps us help more people and ensure that we never have waitlists. Telemedicine also allows Ideal Option to offer treatment in rural locations where having a permanent onsite provider may not be possible.
Does Ideal Option count for court-ordered treatment?
This depends on each person’s circumstances and court order. Please contact us at 1.877.522.1275 to find out if Ideal Option will count for your court-ordered treatment.
I am in recovery, how can I help others?
Helping others start and stay in recovery is a great way to give back! Many of our patients do so by referring friends, family, and other people to us who need treatment. You may also volunteer to participate in a video story, interviews for news articles, social media campaigns, and other projects that help inspire others who need help. If you’re interested in participating in something like this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I refer others to Ideal Option?
Many of our new patients hear about Ideal Option from friends, family members, and other patients. If you know someone who needs help, encourage them to call us on 877.522.1275 or visit this website to complete a call-back form or start a live chat session with one of our patient care representatives.
What are your hours of operation?
Each clinic location has different opening hours. To see hours of operation for your local clinic, start by finding your local clinic here: Find A Clinic.
Our patient care team is available 7 days a week by phone at 1-877-522-1275:
- Mon-Fri: 4am - 8pm (pacific time)
- Sat-Sun: 8am - 6pm (pacific time)