New clinic to combat opioid addiction set to open in Thief River Falls


A NEW, ONE OF A KIND CLINIC FOR TREATING PEOPLE ADDICTED TO PAIN KILLERS, OPENS IN THE NORTHERN VALLEY NEXT WEEK. THE GOAL OF THE “INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CLINIC” IS TO PROVIDE A PROVEN DRUG THAT MAKES KICKING THE HABIT, MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL. VALLEY NEWS TEAMS NEIL CARLSON TAKES US TO THIEF RIVER FALLS, TO SHOW US HOW IT ALL WORKS. ADDICTIONS TO HEROIN AND OTHER OPIOID PAIN KILLERS ARE FILLING UP OUR JAILS IN BIG CITIES AND SMALL TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DR. TIM RITTENOUR HAS WORKED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE FOR THE LAST 25-YEARS, AND SAYS HE’S SEEN FIRST-HAND, HOW NARCOTICS ARE RUINING LIVES. DR. TIM RITTENOUR, THIEF RIVER FALLS: “PEOPLE LIKE, PRINCE. HE’S A CELEBRITY. THERE’S PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE TROUBLE AND I WANT TO TRY TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE COMING TO. AND THE FACT THAT I’M OUT OF THE WAY IS HELPFUL IN THAT RESPECT.” NEXT TUESDAY, DR. RITTENOUR WILL OPEN THE DOORS OF THE INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CLINIC IN DOWNTOWN THIEF RIVER. HE’LL BE THE ONLY DOCTOR AROUND THIS REGION ADMINISTERING SUBOXONE. IT’S A DRUG USED TO EASE PAIN KILLER ADDICTS OFF THE DRUG BY EASING THEIR CRAVINGS FOR IT. DR. TIM RITTENOUR: “IF THEY USE IT ACCORDING TO HOW WE PRESCRIBE IT AND THEY’RE IN TREATMENT, GETTING COUNSELING, THE SUCCESS RATES ARE VERY HIGH. SO, THAT’S ONE REASON I LIKE THE IDEA OF USING IT FOR HELPING INDIVIDUALS, WHO ARE HAVING TROUBLE.” RITTENOUR SAYS HE BELIEVES THERE’S A NEED FOR CLINICS LIKE THIS ONE IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COMMUNITY AROUND OUR REGION. IN THE MEANTIME, HE EXPECTS TO FILL UP QUICKLY AS MANY PEOPLE WILL START DRIVING LONG DISTANCES FOR HIS SERVICES, AND THE PRIVACY HIS CLINIC WILL START PROVIDING NEXT WEEK. IN THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINNESOTA, NEIL CARLSON, VALLEY NEWS LIVE. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE… OR HAVE A CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION, YOU CAN CALL DR. RIITENOUR AT: 218- 683- 5118.

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