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What Apex Offers!

In addition to behavioral health treatment, Apex offers a variety of things.

We offer:

  • Psychological evaluations courtesy of Dr. Hamid.
  • Driver License Evaluations from Gina Patton and Robert Edwards. DLEs cost $250 and one needs to bring: state driving record, 3-5 letters of recommendation, a 12- panel drug screening, and AA sign-in sheets if attended. The drug screening is not offered at Apex.
  • Alcohol & Substance abuse evaluations, also courtesy of Gina and Robert. These evaluations cost $115 and you will need to fill out a SASSI test. It is also recommended that you bring any relevant information from the courts.
  • Sidenote: all substance abuse & drivers license evaluations are an out-of-pocket expense that is not covered by insurance.
  • Suboxone treatment. Dr. Chung is our Suboxone provider for opioid treatment & withdrawal. When starting on Suboxone, Dr. Chung prescribes a weeks worth of medication at a time.
  • Tricare Providers- we see military families!
  • Low fee costs. For a medication visit, the first visit is $125, followed by $55 for a 15 minute session. For therapy, the first visit is $90 and the following visits are $70. Therapy visits are 45-60 minutes long.

Apex is NOT a walk-in clinic and we do not accept same day appointments for new clients.  So call and schedule your appointment today! 🙂

How the brain’s daily clock controls mood

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A math professor at the University of Michigan will lead an international, $1 million project examining the links between bipolar disorder and abnormalities in the circadian, or daily, rhythms of a mammal’s internal clock.

In humans, this grain-of-rice-sized timepiece is a cluster of 20,000 neurons right behind the eyes. It’s called the suprachiasmatic nucleas (SCN) of the brain’s hypothalamus, and it is responsible for keeping our bodies in synch with our planet’s 24-hour day.

Scientists believe it’s off kilter in patients with bipolar disorder. Some of the genes implicated in the disease are the same ones that regulate the biological clock. The common treatment drug lithium is known to change the period of that clock, and when manic patients are forced to stay on a 24-hour schedule, many experience a reprieve from the episode, said principal investigator Daniel Forger, an associate professor in the U-M Department of Mathematics.

Exactly how the brain’s clock controls mood remains a mystery, though. This new project aims to change that through complex mathematical modeling and experiments involving mice.

“We’re going to continuously monitor the state of the animals’ internal clock. We’ll watch it tick, use mathematics to understand its function and test how it controls mood,” Forger said.

The researchers will examine the brains of depressed and normal mice and look for abnormal electrical activity. The researchers aim to determine what state of the clock region corresponds with different moods in the animals.

“We’re going to learn an awful lot about the circadian clock, which could also, in addition to depression, play a role in Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart attacks,” Forger said.

via: Eurek Alert

Heroin Treatment Michigan

What Are the Treatments for Heroin Addiction?


For outpatient heroin treatment in Michigan, Apex Behavioral Health is your answer. At Apex Behavioral Health, our doctors prescribe SUBOXONE.

Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphine is a more recently approved treatment for heroin addiction (and other opiates). Compared with methadone, buprenorphine produces less risk for overdose and withdrawal effects and produces a lower level of physical dependence, so patients who discontinue the medication generally have fewer withdrawal symptoms than those who stop taking methadone. The development of buprenorphine and its authorized use in physician offices gave opiate-addicted patients more medical options and extend the reach of addiction medication. Its accessibility may even prompt attempts to obtain treatment earlier. However, not all patients respond to buprenorphine and some continue to require treatment with methadone.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. Buprenorphine is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin however, it produces less euphoric (“high”) effects and therefore may be easier to stop taking. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin. If Suboxone is injected, naloxone will block the effects of buprenorphine and lead to withdrawal symptoms in a person with an opioid addiction. When administered under the tongue as directed, naloxone will not affect the actions of buprenorphine.