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Patients detail recovery from addiction during Congressman Trone visit

The Frederick News-Post

In a small office space in a business park on Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick, nearly half a dozen women gathered in a small circle with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) and some staff members. The women were all patients at Ideal Option, a treatment clinic in Frederick that helps those recovering from addiction through medical-assisted treatment. One of them, a 57-year-old from Thurmont, started coming to the clinic once every three weeks in January. Read More

Opioid recovery sessions find new success being online

Snohomish County Tribune

Every weekday morning, the camera goes live, and Geoff Godfrey is ready to greet a crowd of people. The viewers are at various places on the path to exiting opioid addiction. It’s a video visit through Facebook called “Recovery Gone Viral.” The core audience is people in programs run by the medical group Ideal Option. Godfrey is one of its addiction professionals. By all accounts, going online is working far beyond what the team dreamed. It’s made isolating at home feel less lonely. Read More

Ideal Option to join San Juan County Partnership to help combat opioid epidemic in New Mexico


When opening clinics to serve communities, it’s essential to partner with organizations already doing the work in those communities. In this interview with KSJE 90.9FM in Farmington, New Mexico, Amanda Evans with the San Juan County Partnership discusses how Ideal Option reached out to their Opioid Misuse and Prevention meeting for collaboration. Soon to open in Farmington, Ideal Option plans to partner with San Juan County Partnership and other organizations to facilitate warm handoff referrals and help those struggling with opiate use disorder in the Four Corners region. Watch More

Opioid treatment firm opens in Pocatello, Boise and online

Idaho Business Review

Individuals struggling with opioid addiction in Idaho have new resources for assistance. Ideal Option, a company specializing in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, announced the opening of two new outpatient clinics in Boise and Pocatello as well as the launch of a virtual clinic on April 14. Read More

Substance use disorder treatment can now be offered through virtual appointments


Social isolation, increased anxiety and struggles with substance abuse may be another rising epidemic in our neighborhoods. Dr. Richard Mattis, at the substance use disorder clinic 'Ideal option,' tells us the underlying issues."Can't get them to see their doctor because their doctor's office isn't open. You know lost their job. Can't get refills on medications. So COVID-19 has created kind of a train wreck nightmare across the nation, for a lot of our patients." Watch More

Silent battle: People recovering from addiction facing new challenges in quarantine

ABC FOX Montana

While the best thing for many people is to stay inside and limit contact with other people, for those recovering from a substance use disorder, those conditions can lead to a relapse. At Ideal Option, an addiction treatment center, sessions are now being done through a computer screen. Addiction medicine provider Sheri Bagley says she's seen some of her patients start to spiral in the wake of COVID. Watch More

Ideal Option opens virtual clinic for opioid use disorder

Minot Daily News

Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol and other substances, has launched a “Virtual Clinic” for new and existing patients to get addiction treatment via video chat from home or a location of their choice. Read More

Virtual clinic for opioid use disorder opens amid COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of North Dakota residents vulnerable to relapse and overdose can now access medication-assisted treatment without leaving home. READ MORE

Thousands of North Dakota residents vulnerable to relapse and overdose can now access medication-assisted treatment without leaving home. READ MORE

Demand continues to grow for national addiction treatment center

What started as a small clinic grew into a veritable campus and epicenter for a national chain of treatment clinics that currently serve thousands of patients. Dr. Jeff Allgaier and Dr. Ken Egli opened the first Ideal Option in Kennewick in 2012 after recognizing the overwhelming need for long-term treatment options for patients with substance addictions. Now with 65 clinics in 8 states, demand continues to grow. Read More

New clinic opens in Salem to treat opioid addiction

A new choice to get help has opened up in Salem as more options emerge to give those struggling with opioid addiction a way out of the vicious cycle. Staff at Ideal Option said people who need help can come in and be seen as soon as possible. This help is desperately needed, as statistics show that Oregon has the fourth-highest addiction rate of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, Oregon ranks 50th in access to treatment. Read More

Opioid treatment in King County jails can reduce crime and suffering

Seattle Times

In Benton and Snohomish counties, comprehensive Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs are helping every opiate-using inmate entering their jails. The programs are deployed in partnership with Washington state-based treatment provider Ideal Option. Looking at this model with an eye toward King County, several opportunities emerge at little cost to the taxpayer, whether at the King County Correctional Facility downtown, its West Wing Shelter or the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Read More

How a small county jail runs a large-scale addiction program for inmates

KOMO 4 News

Benton County Jail has implemented a medication-assisted treatment program for inmates addicted to opioids. Partnering with Ideal Option, the program includes Ideal Option doctors and medical staff inside the jail. They counsel inmates, as well as prescribe, and learn about the issues they face. Once inmates are released from jail, they continue treatment at Ideal Option. Read More

Road to Recovery North Dakota: Her drug dealers were her doctors


“By the grace of God, Ideal Option opened in Bismarck February 21st of 2018, and I was their very first patient at 8:30 in the morning…and the doctors were amazing. They treated me like a human being,” said Ideal Option Patient Pamela Emmil.  Read More

Road to Recovery: Getting help without getting high. Read More

Benton County Jail keeping treatment program despite shakeup


It's been eight months since the Benton County Jail started a program to help inmates overcome their opioid addiction, and experts say they're impressed. Despite recent changes in leadership, the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program helping inmates get off opioids and into treatment while behind bars will continue. Read More

Residents work on getting clean with medication

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

People recovering from addiction — regardless of drug-use history — said getting clean has become easier with various treatments now available in Walla Walla. One such treatment option is Kennewick-based Ideal Option. Read More

New center aims to curb opioid addiction in Prince George's County

The Diamondback

The new Ideal Option clinic in College Park focuses on providing medication that — when used correctly — can limit a patient’s opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings and lessen the effects of opioid molecules in the brain. Read More

Snohomish County Jail’s radical opioid plan


Jails have two major barriers to offering the treatment. They don’t have enough prescribing doctors. To fill that gap, the jail has partnered with Ideal Option, a treatment provider that works with participants inside and outside the jail. Read More

KIRO 7: Medication-assisted treatment program expands at Snohomish County Jail. Read More

Everett Herald: County jail opens up opioid treatment to all inmates. Read More

My Edmonds News: Snohomish County Jail expands medication-assisted treatment program. Read More

New substance abuse treatment clinic praised by Frederick officials

The Frederick News Post

The Frederick police chief and several other public officials applauded the newest avenue for people struggling with substance abuse to get help during the opening of a substance abuse treatment clinic in the city Thursday. Read More

Everett mayor hopes new opioid treatment center will address overcrowding in jails


Ideal Option's Everett treatment center, fitted with a medical lab and a behavioral health unit, will treat nearly 150 addicts per day. Ideal Option said they currently have 5,757 active patients, with 1,053 patients in Snohomish County. Read More

Everett Herald: You go to the street because you're sick and it hurts. Read More

My Everett News: Ideal Option opens larger opioid disorder treatment location in Everett. Read More

Snohomish County Tribune: Stories pour in at Everett Ideal Option clinic's big reveal. Read More

What does Oklahoma’s landmark ruling against drugmaker mean for Washington state?

Q13 Fox

People fighting addiction and those helping them told Q13 News that the ruling out of Oklahoma is encouraging. Q13 News sat down with Sherie Hurst White, who comes into Ideal Option every 3 weeks now to hold herself accountable. Read More

Overdose snapshot gives eye-opening look at addiction crisis

Everett Herald

During one week in July, 27 people overdosed on opioids in Snohomish County. Two died. The statistical snapshot, released for the third straight year, shows how the local chemical dependency crisis continues to morph. Read More

Fighting opioid addiction: Clark County has another ‘Ideal Option’

The Reflector

Vancouver officials and representatives of a regional health nonprofit gathered in the city’s downtown to celebrate the opening of a new medication-assisted treatment clinic, highlighting efforts to provide options for those in Clark County looking to beat their addiction. Read More

Vancouver mayor welcomes new outpatient clinic aimed at tackling opioid crisis


The new downtown clinic is perfectly placed. Access to treatment is one of the biggest hurdles for an addict. Ideal Option will also be able to serve the houseless population, who often lack transportation. They also work to connect addicts in treatment to housing and job training services. Read More

The Columbian: Ideal Option opens downtown clinic in Vancouver. Read More

Opioid treatment center offers open house

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Kennewick-based Ideal Option has been providing services in Walla Walla since 2017. The Main Street spot is part of its network of nearly 65 office-based opioid treatment clinics across eight states. Read More

Opioid addiction clinic opens in Aberdeen

The Daily World

Ideal Option's new clinic in Aberdeen is the first ever to offer patient-friendly evening hours. The clinic has no wait lists and accepts all forms of insurance, including Medicaid. No member of the Grays Harbor community who needs treatment for addiction will be turned away. Read More

Experimental jail program gets national attention, saves local lives


The numbers behind America’s opioid crisis are daunting, with addiction destroying millions of lives in the last decade alone. An experimental program happening in the Tri-Cities is making waves nationally, turning the tide, and saving lives with the help of Ideal Option. Read More

Drug abuse often leads to crime. Here is Benton County sheriff’s plan to break that cycle

Tri-City Herald

In February, Kennewick-based Ideal Option started providing a medication-assisted treatment program in the jail, which combines medicine to curb withdrawal symptoms along with counseling. Read More

Four organizations receive $2 million grant to fight opioid crisis


Ideal Option in Pasco, Kadlec Regional Medical Center and the Benton and Franklin County Sheriff's office received the money from the Washington Health Care Authority. Read More

Tri-City Herald: Tri-Cities is getting $2 million to fight opioid addiction. Here’s why it’s unusual. Read More

Bellingham clinic fighting opioid addiction with new treatment


A clinic in Bellingham is using an approach to treat opioid addiction in a way that’s showing very promising results. It’s called medication-assisted treatment, and it’s being used at Ideal Option Clinic, which Whatcom county officials consider as part of their fight against addiction. Read More

KGMI FM: Clinic for opioid abuse treatment opens in Bellingham. Read More

Lynden Tribune: Ideal Option opens office to combat opioid disorder. Read More

Island County opioid outreach among most successful

The Everett Herald

Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment in the region. Read More

How the jail became one of the county’s biggest detox clinics

The Everett Herald

In January, the jail Snohomish County Jail launched one of the first programs in the state to offer detainees access to medication to ease withdrawals. It was one of five recently highlighted in a National Sheriffs’ Association report on jail-based medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT. Read More

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