TentHouse Health & Wellness

Physician-directed
medically-assisted treatment
for opioid dependence

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Take control of your life

For many patients, opioid medications began as an answer to the problem of severe chronic pain.  But after months or years of use, getting off the drugs became the problem.
We can help. Begin your new life now.

Speak directly to a specially trained physician to see if medically assisted treatment (MAT) is right for you. You can schedule your first appointment now. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid.

Getting started

Patients

If you would like to speak to a provider to discuss your options for care, simply call or text 410-394-9594 anytime...day or night.

Emergency

If you are having an emergency...call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. Once there feel free to have emergency physician call the TentHouse Health & Wellness Hot line 410-394-9594 to arrange follow up care.

Referring Physicians

The medical staff at TentHouse Health & Wellness welcomes referrals of patients coming from in-patient rehabilitation centers as well as private practices. Simply call 410-394-9594 and request to speak to the physician on call.

Family and Friends

Even if you are not the patient, feel free to call 410-394-9594 to discuss options for encouraging your friend or family member to receive care.

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Who we are

"Throughout my long career in emergency medicine I witnessed the devastation that was the product of opioid dependence, often the result of over-prescription of opioid pain medication.  My second career has been to redress some of the damage done by these drugs and give people back their lives, health, and well being.”
- Mark Plaster MD, Founder, TentHouse Health & Wellness

Mark Plaster MD, Founder

The team at TentHouse Health & Wellness is made up of doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, counselors, social workers, life coaches, administrators, and a host of community volunteers.

Our Treatment Philosophy

No matter how or why you started taking opioids, the continued use of opioids beyond simple pain relief is a medical condition that requires medical treatment to resolve without the fear of withdrawal. Only about 10% of opioid dependent patients are successful with unsupervised, “cold turkey” withdrawal. Prolonged use of opioids has a negative effect on the neurophysiological architecture of the brain. Medically assisted treatment with buprenorphine prevents withdrawal and allows a slow controlled weaning process all while counseling and support begin to rebuild the neural pathways to contentment, joy, and wellness. This method has been shown in repeated studies to have the highest level of success over the longest period. If you or a loved one needs help getting off opioids take the first step toward healing and recovery.

Careers

TentHouse Health & Wellness is always looking for compassionate physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, counselors, social workers, administrators, and volunteers.

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FAQs

Below, you can find answers to our Frequently Asked Questions. Scroll the list in order to find what you are looking for. If you have another question - please contact us here.
What is Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)?
Patients who have been taking opioid drugs for pain or other reasons often develop a tolerance to or dependence on the drug and get very sick if they try to stop. This is withdrawal. Patients with OUD often need physician supervised medication to safely get off opioid drugs without suffering from withdrawal.
What are opioid drugs?
Any of a number drugs, both prescription and illicit, that all work in the same way. These include morphine, heroin, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and other similar synthetic pain relievers.
How do patients dependent on opioids get off these drugs without going through withdrawal?
The best current medical evidence supports substituting buprenophine/naloxone for these other opioids. Then the physician can safely wean the patient slowly without significant withdrawal, side effects or discomfort.
How long does it take to get off opioids?
That depends totally on the patient. TentHouse Health is a patient centered practice. Your healthcare provider will work with you to achieve a rate of weaning that comfortable and ultimately successful.
Why do I need counseling to get off opioid drugs?
There can be a lot of anxiety, confusion, even shame related to opioid use disorder.  Counseling helps prevent relapses to illicit opioid use.  But it can also help rebuild the normal healthy thought processes and habits associated with mental health and well being.  This can be obtained through individual, group, or even on-line setting.  And it can be handled by your doctor or a trained addiction counselor.  There is also counseling available to families affected by OUD.
Do I have to take time off work or go into a rehab center?
In some patients, a brief period of in-patient rehabilitation may be helpful or even required.  But TentHouse Health and Wellness centers on outpatient treatment.  Weaning off opioids is a long process that most people will handle better as an outpatient.
How often do I need to see the doctor?
You will need to see the doctor briefly every 1-2 weeks through the induction phase.  But once you are stable, most patients can be seen every four weeks depending on your situation.
How do I get started?
Call or text for an initial telephone screening and appointment if necessary.  You’ll be able to speak directly to a doctor if necessary.
What kind of counseling is offered?
We use cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational coaching, and other counseling techniques to achieve success.
Who is TentHouse Health and Wellness?
We are a physician directed medical and counseling group practice that includes doctors, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, counselor, administrators, and volunteers.
What’s the advantage of medically assisted treatment over just stopping opioids “cold turkey”?
About 10% of patients are successful stopping opioids on their own.  For most people it is a long weaning process that is best supervised by a physician.  But using a drug combination of buprenorphine/naloxone the doctor is able to avoid the drug high and withdrawal, allowing the patient to have a normal life while slowly weaning off all opioids.
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