@philly115 - There is patient I know through NAMA that lives in KY, very close to the Paducah clinic & has several friends that attend &/or have attended that clinic. She choses to drive MUCH father into TENNESSEE to Midsouth Treatment Center in Dyersburg because Paducah is so bad... don't believe everything the clinic themselves tell you on the phone. Always remember they have a profit motive for telling you anything they do. (Not saying they're lying, just to take it all with a grain of salt.) I don't know if KY is better or worse than TN... they're about equals. I have heard MANY positive things about Midsouth Treatment Ctr (they are one of the only 3 of 12 TN OTP's that are not owned/operated by BHG - Behavioral Health Group). Granted, at the same time, the patient I am referring to found stability at 130mg's, so she certainly didn't have to battle the TN SOTA on a higher dose as you are having to. But I have heard some negative things about Paducah. It's one of the "border clinics" that I deal with through the NAMA-R TN chapter.
It would be closer for you to drive to Georgia I would think that to North Carolina... dip down through Alabama and across... Georgia is one of the BEST southern states for MMT. I drive to Georgia & the positive experience I have had at my current clinic (compared to one of the BHG clinics in Knoxville) is like night and day. I personally know of a patient at a clinic in Georgia (not mine, another one a bit further south) that stabilized on 500mg's with no problems from the state. Georgia is much better about trusting MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS to make MEDICAL DECISIONS... Just FYI. (Granted 500mg's is a very rare, case-specific situation, but it is possible that a dose of that level is needed in some patients.)
@elephant_man - Do you live in TN and drive to NC for treatment? I live about 30-40mins southeast of Knoxville in Walland (Maryville area - Blount County). Which TN clinic did you attend before transferring to NC, if you don't mind me asking? I'd love to talk to you about patient advocacy opportunities with NAMA-Recovery! :-)
I hope you ALL have a good Wednesday on the road to recovery!