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Opiate Abuse Disorder

  • The abuse of opiates and opioids (*see disclaimer below*)  such as heroin, morphine, and narcotic pain-killers is a serious problem that affects your health, social and economic well being.  
  • Prolonged use changes the way nerve receptors work in the brain and makes individuals dependent on the drug to function. Increased tolerance, craving and dependence are the initial brain changes.  Continued abuse depletes your brain’s natural “feel-good” chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins After a few weeks your brain slowly stops producing these critical “feel-good” chemicals furthering dependence.
  • Another known consequence of long term opioid use is Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia. Hyperalgesia is a condition in which you experience an enhanced sensitivity to pain caused by specific nerve receptors in your body becoming more sensitive. In more than half the patients who stop their short acting meds and start on one of our medications, their pain level is greatly improved AND often no longer exists. You will get some relief from any residual pain from our medications as well. please note: We are not a pain clinic and do not treat chronic pain. You must have opioid dependence to be treated here. 


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  • Addiction wreaks havoc on one’s physical, mental and financial health.  Substance abuse also causes strained relationships with loved ones, employment problems and a whole host of potential health hazards. 
  • While the continued abuse is the cause, an addict's dependence is often such that they would be physically and psychologically unable to adequately function if they were to stop using.  
  • Addiction is a complex issue that often leaves addicts feeling alone and hopeless, suffering in silence, as their disease deepens their struggles in life
  • Covert Action understands the unique struggles that addicts face and can help you design a treatment plan that will allow you to regain the balance needed to properly address this disease.


Medication Assisted Treatment

  • Methadone and Suboxone are “essential medicines” according to the World Health Organization and should be combined with behavioral counseling for a “whole patient” approach, known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • These medications work through the same receptors as the addict’s drug of choice, but have been proven to be safer, and enter and  leave the brain at a slower rate thereby helping to restore balance to the brain circuits affected by drug abuse.
  • MAT allows the patient's brain to heal and eases withdrawal as they work with their counselor towards recovery. This approach has been rigorously studied over more than five decades, and is widely considered the most effective way to treat opioid use disorder. 

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Why Choose Covert Action

Quality Care

Dr Chris Covert is a  Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and has specialized in the treatment of Opiate Addiction for many years.  The highest level of substance abuse treatment was our goal and along with that was a desire to create the very best Methadone Clinic in the DesMoines area and the best Suboxone Clinic in the Des Moines area.  Our goal is to empower addicts with processes and treatment plans that take into account the reality of their lives as well as reward them as they continue to work toward an ultimate goal of a life free of substance abuse.

A Fairly Priced Methadone Clinic

We do not check with the other clinics in the area daily but it has generally been our experience that most other methadone clinics are charging patients between $1 and $4 more a day for their dose.  Our daily dosing price is $10 and weekly patients pay $60 for the week.  We also do NOT charge a costly intake fee.  Opiate Addiction rarely leaves addicts in a state of financial stability and without sacrificing quality of care we bring you the upmost stability at the best price.  Whether it's your first time in treatment or your tenth take a minute and contact us, we believe that we offer the best Methadone Clinic in the DesMoines and Eastern Iowa area!

Best Suboxone Clinic In the DesMoines area

We also believe that we offer the very best option for Suboxone in Eastern Iowa and the DesMoines area.  Unlike many clinics we do not start off with a hefty appointment visit fee that still leaves you with the cost of medication.  There is no question that effective Medication Assisted Treatment requires a combination of medication and behavior therapy. That being said, we do not charge seperately for the counseling.  Our Pricing structure is determined by your dose.  While we never encourage anyone to taper before their ready, take note that our pricing structure rewards patients that ultimately reduce their dose.  

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Addiction Treatment Facility serving DesMoines and the surrounding area

Methadone Clinic in DesMoines Iowa

Suboxone Clinic in DesMoines Iowa

Covert Action Treatment Facility

1223 Center St, Suite 22 Des Moines, IA 50309


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  • All information on this website is solely for the purpose of promoting a  broad understanding of the topics discussed and treatment options mentioned.  It is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment or the advice of a qualified health care provider.  The author of this website does not endorse or recommend any treatment option not specifically advised by Dr. Covert or another medical professional and decisions made on the basis of this information alone are done so at one’s own risk.
  • It is important to note that there is a distinction between opiates and opioids.  Opiates are naturally derived from the opium poppy plant and Opioids are synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of opiates.  While the type of drugs abused (among other things) will play a role in determining treatment approach, these terms may often be used interchangeably on this site for the sake of efficiency.