Opioid-addiction clinic opens in Aberdeen

A new, medically assisted outpatient clinic specializing in opioid addiction has opened in Aberdeen.

Ideal Option opened Monday at 1104 Basich Blvd., just north of Grays Harbor Community Hospital, and is offering treatment for new and continuing patients Monday-Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

“Our goal at Ideal Option is to remove barriers to proven treatment and connect people to the resources they need to rebuild their lives and relationships,” said Jeff Allgaier, founder and chief medical officer at Ideal Option. “Our new clinic in Aberdeen is our 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. It’s the only way to truly make a dent in this opioid crisis.”

Ideal Option is headquartered in Kennewick and, according to the announcement, has helped more than 32,000 patients through a network of 63 office-based opioid-treatment clinics across 10 states since 2012.

“With overdose rates rising in Grays Harbor, so too has the demand for treatment,” read the announcement. “According to the Grays Harbor County of Public Health and Social Services Department, admissions into publicly funded treatment programs have increased 361% in the past decade. These numbers track with a vast majority of opioid users seeking help: A 2017 Washington State Syringe Exchange Health Survey found that 70% of opioid users in Grays Harbor County wanted to quit. A majority of users in that same survey, 45%, indicated they were most interested in programs such as Medically-Assisted Treatment.”

Ideal Option’s Medication-Assisted Treatment program combines FDA-approved anti-craving medications such as buprenorphine and naltrexone, along with behavioral health counseling.

Ideal Option’s team of medical providers carry certifications in Addiction and Emergency Medicine, Internal, OB/GYN, and Faamily Medicine, among other specialties, according to the announcement. The company also employs social workers, caseworkers, counselors and mental health practitioners.