31 East Main Avenue
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Addiction Recovery Medical Services

536 Signal Hill Drive Ext.
Statesville, NC 28625

UPDATE: We will NOT BE CLOSED. Under Governor Cooper’s executive order No. 121, dated March 27, 2020, we have been deemed as an essential business service, and will remain open with our normal business hours.

We're still OPEN and taking new patients! New Buprenorphine patients may come in for treatment anytime during our walk-in hours (M-W, 5 AM-9:30 AM). New Methadone patients are being accepted by appointment only. Please call our office at 704-872-0234 to make your appointment.


Welcome to the Best

We are Addiction Recovery Medical Services (A.R.M.S.)
Our goal is your recovery.  Addiction is a treatable disease, and our medical and mental health team offers daily outpatient services so you can start on the road to recovery today.  

Here at A.R.M.S., we offer adult substance abuse treatment services that include medically monitored detoxification, individual counseling, and group therapy through our intensive faith-based outpatient program. Our loving and caring staff understand the disease of addiction and are here to help you reach your goals of living a substance-free life. 
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Our Mission
A ministry of help from hope to healing.
Make the S.T.A.R.T.
If you or someone you know is in need of substance abuse services, A.R.M.S. can help you make the Steps to Addiction Recovery Treatment (S.T.A.R.T.). We aim to provide excellent care in a compassionate, caring, and confidential environment. Our medicine-assisted (Subutex, Suboxone, Methadone, Vivitrol), faith-based outpatient and intensive outpatient programs are designed to individualize reachable treatment goals and achieve a life of wellness and recovery.

We know how important it is to have services available when you need them.  This is why we accept new patients on a walk-in basis.  Come to our facility during walk-in hours and get SAME DAY service.  You will complete your intake, meet with physicians, start the detox process, and receive appropriate dosing as determined after medical examination.

New Patient Walk-Ins Welcome! 
Mon-Wed: 5:00 am - 9:30 am
Thurs, Fri: Paperwork Only
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
James 1:2-3 NIV

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We value your time and understand the urgency of needing to be stabilized on your dosage and in good condition to engage in treatment.  That's why we've made our pre-screening form available to you online.  If you miss walk-in hours or just want to have your information to us before you come in, use our free, secure, and confidential online form and an intake counselor will contact you in a timely manner.
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Great News for Medicare patients!

Medication-Assisted Treatment is now covered by Medicare. 
Meet The Team
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    Bobby P. Kearney,
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    Bobbie Jo Hayes,
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    Jill Blackwelder,


Medical Director


Assistant Medical Director


Director of Counseling

 Jill Blackwelder is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Jill is also a Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist and Clinical Supervisor. She has worked in mental health and substance abuse field 32 years. She has worked in social and medical settings as well as school settings. She maintains a private practice and clinically supervises for the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and for the NC Professional Licensed Counselor Board.
   Bobbie Jo Hayes is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, successfully completing the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is National Board Certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and brings years of experience dedicated to providing high quality and individualized care to patients involving: illness diagnoses, educating on disease prevention, conducting examinations, prescribing medication, substance abuse treatment, and promoting overall health and wellness. Bobbie Jo partners with Dr. Kearney to provide excellent care on the Medical Providers team.
   Bobby P. Kearney is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiology. He provides a comprehensive range of services including: Evaluation and diagnostic services in both chronic pain and addiction, Maintenance therapy and medication assisted treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependence, and Medication management. Dr. Kearney is a father, husband, son, and friend who understands the pain and suffering that addiction creates. 
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Dr. Kearney provides a comprehensive service based on his expertise in pain management and the treatment of addiction. In 2008 he was one of only 25 physicians in the state of North Carolina awarded diplomat status from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kearney also holds board certification status from The American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology. With over 33 years of clinical experience, Dr. Kearney is committed to providing cutting-edge technology and treatment strategies in a warm and compassionate environment. He is actively involved in the community serving as a member of the Iredell County Advocacy Academy for Substance Abuse Awareness and Recovery.
We're Different.

We are known for a structured program that encourages accountability, while offering compassionate and competent care.  Our multidisciplinary team is available to tend to medical and mental health concerns, making us a complete treatment program able to help on your journey to holistic recovery and success.


Our team consists of qualified professionals who hold credentials of Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, all of which are qualified to provides individual, family, and group counseling. There is also an ordained minister for pastoral counseling. Afterhours and crisis support is also available.

Evaluation and Diagnostic Services:

  • Outpatient drug and/or alcohol detoxification

  • Maintenance therapy and medication-assisted treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependence

  • Medication management


Our Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program usually consists of individual, group, and family therapy and education. The length of the program is individualized according to the personal needs of each patient. ARMS treats patients with various alcohol and drug use disorders with counseling or non-pharmacological therapies and medication-assisted treatment when appropriate. Dr. Kearney is a qualified physician to prescribe Suboxone for opioid-dependent patients and other medications specifically for alcohol and drug use disorders. 

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Buprenorphine and Methadone 

Opioid Maintenance

Buprenorphine and Methadone Opioid Maintenance usually includes 3-4 hours per day for the first 4 days of induction, a medical evaluation, medical monitoring, orientation to the clinic policies and procedures, a substance use disorder assessment, development of an individualized treatment plan, introduction to group therapy, administration of medicines, and urine drug screens.
For the remaining 3 weeks of the first month, you will receive office visits, prescriptions for medication, follow up with Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, group counseling, and urine drug screens or breathalyzers (if additional ones are needed). Patients are encouraged to participate in group therapy weekly and are required to attend a minimum of 2 groups per month to receive medications.
 After the first month you will then be considered an established patient with office visits with a physician, urine drug screens, and individual and/or group therapy sessions. Web based therapy is available on a secure server for patients that have a web cam and internet access, if attendance in person would be difficult due to circumstances that merit it. Family members or significant others can attend and participate in group session without charge when accompanied by a patient. Individual family sessions can be scheduled for an extra fee if desired.

Alcohol and Drug Detoxification

Alcohol and Drug Detoxification is available on an outpatient basis in a safe and comfortable environment. Detoxification is based upon a medical evaluation by Dr. Kearney and usually consists of daily monitoring of vital signs, individual therapy, and possibly group therapy. Dr. Kearney also prescribes drugs such as Suboxone to address the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with opiates. This treatment is available to detox patients from such narcotic medications as Vicodin (hydrocodone), Norco, Percocet (oxycodone), Percodan, Oxycontin, 
morphine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone, Demerol (meperidine), Lorcet, Lortab, Tussionex (hydrocodone cough syrup), codeine, fentanyl, and other prescription drugs of abuse, as well as illegal opiates including opium and heroin. Detox protocols are also available for sedative/hypnotics, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol. The length of the detoxification is individualized according to the personal needs of each patient. Ongoing therapy after detoxification is highly recommended as a follow-up to prevent relapse. 
Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient

Substance abuse intensive outpatient usually consists of nine hours of groups (three 3-hour sessions) per week for 8 to 14 weeks. It also includes individual therapy and family sessions. This program allows clients to participate in more intensive treatment on an outpatient basis so that they can receive treatment without going into an expensive residential program. 

Group Schedules

Addiction Recovery Medical Services offers group therapy sessions 5 days per week.  Over 100 groups are offered each month for the scheduling convenience of our patients.  We believe that connecting with other individuals who understand one another's struggling in the addiction and recovery process is therapeutic and provides a healthy support system for those in recovery.  Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists and Certified Substance Abuse Counselors facilitate groups using best-practice methods such as Seeking Safety, Matrix Model of Relapse Prevention and other evidence-based models to provide the highest quality in group therapeutic services.



Addiction Recovery Medical Services partners with other agencies and providers as addiction specialists to help determine if your patients or consumers may be struggling with addiction and empower you with the ability to refer for appropriate care. We help agencies and providers remain in compliance with N.C. Medical Board.
N.C. Medical Board Policy
Treatment of patients with possible substance use disorder "...Should involve consultation with an addiction specialist before opioid therapy is initiated and include follow-up as needed. Patients who have an active substance use disorder should not receive opioid therapy until they are established in a treatment/recovery program, or alternatives such as co-management with an addiction professional are established. Physicians who treat patients with chronic pain are strongly encouraged to be knowledgeable about addiction, including recognizing behaviors that indicate addiction, and how and when to refer patients for addiction evaluation and treatment."

For Agencies and Providers:


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Bobby P. Kearney, M.D. is a Board Certified Addictionologist by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. By working with a specialist in pain management and addictionology, you are empowered with the information and resources you need as a professional to help the people you support address potential substance abuse problems.  

After Dr. Kearney completes his assessment he will contact your office with his recommendation and then send your patient back for a follow-up appointment with you. Referrals for treatment may also be made if you have already determined an addiction problem exists. We value the coordination of care.

Many agencies work with people struggling with addiction. Healthcare Professionals (i.e., Primary Care, Pain Clinics, Health Department), Department of Social Services (i.e., Social Workers, Case Managers), Criminal Justice Workers (i.e., Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Probation Officers), Managed Care Organizations (i.e., Partner's BHM, Smokey Mountain). 
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Do we treat adolescents?

No. We do not treat patients under the age of 18. However, addiction affects families and children may participate in family therapy with adult patients when appropriate.

Can a person come for detox and not participate in the counseling part of our program?

We have found that when detox is done without the person participating in a counseling program that the rate of relapse is high. It makes more sense to us for a patient to be part of a comprehensive treatment program.


Are we an inpatient program?

No. ARMS only provides outpatient treatment programs. 

Do you follow a 12-step model?

While it is not a mandatory requirement for our program, we strongly encourage patients to participate in a 12-step group or other self-help groups such as Celebrate Recovery. However, all patients are required to participate in individual and/or group psychotherapy that consists of more clinical therapy than 12 step meetings or self-help groups provide.

Do you provide buprenorphine (suboxone) without requiring the patient to participate in counseling?

No, we do not. 

What is buprenorphine (suboxone)?

Buprenorphine is a medication used in treating people with opioid problems. 

What does outpatient treatment involve?

ARMS outpatient programs for addiction to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol, is based on the educational LIVING IN BALANCE matrix developed by Hazelden and other evidenced-based materials. This unique approach is most effective in a group setting with others who are also on the road to recovery.

Our Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program usually consists of individual, group, family therapy, and education. The length of the program is individualized according to personal need.

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient usually consists of 9 hours of groups (three 3 hour sessions) per week for 8 to 14 weeks. It also includes individual therapy and family sessions.

I am addicted to pain pills, but I have pain. What can I do?

Dr. Kearney is an expert in both pain management and addiction medicine. There are several options available without the continuous use of pain pills.

Who can prescribe buprenorphine?

Only qualified doctors with the necessary DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) identification numbers are able to start in-office treatment and provide prescriptions for ongoing medication. CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment) maintains a database to help patients locate qualified doctors.

Are patients able to take home supplies of buprenorphine?

Yes, Suboxone is less tightly controlled than methadone because it has a lower potential for abuse and is less dangerous. Take home supplies are based on ongoing success in your recovery process.

What is addiction medicine and what makes it different from other fields of practice?

Addiction medicine is an interdisciplinary practice specializing in the identification and treatment of persons whose disorders are caused or exacerbated by the use of addictive substances. Such substances have the unique property of promoting continued use in a compulsive manner despite adverse consequences to the user. In our society, the most notable offending substances are nicotine, alcohol, opiates, stimulant drugs, and marijuana.

Services typically offered by specialist in addiction medicine include: assessment of substance use disorders, management of withdrawal, consultation with other physicians concerning identification, intervention and management of patients in hospital or office practice whose disorders are directly linked to use of these substances, facilitation of patient engagement in treatment programs designed to reduce the progression of the patient’s substance-related problems, development of outcomes-based treatment programs for such patients.

Also included are environmental modifications so as to alter the social, behavioral, and pharmacologic inputs that support the continuation of substance abuse and dependence, research into the genetic and neurobiological aspects of addiction, with the ultimate goal of developing improved methods of prevention, early intervention and treatment (behavioral and pharmacologic) of addictive disorders.

How is Suboxone (buprenorphine) supplied?

Suboxone come in 2 mg and 8 mg strengths as sublingual (placed under the tongue to dissolve) tablets.

Where can patients get Suboxone (buprenorphine)?

Suboxone is available in most commercial pharmacies.

Where can I go for more information on Suboxone (buprenorphine)?

What is the cost of outpatient treatment at ARMS?

The fees are based on individual clinical needs and services used. ARMS accepts Medicaid and some other insurances. 

What is the program like?

We attempt to make the patients feel safe and comfortable in group and avoid confrontational or adversarial treatment. 

Featured Articles

Group Therapy: Benefits of Peer Interaction for Finding a Forever Recovery
You have made the commitment to seek help for a substance abuse disorder: Congratulations! This is a brave, wonderful step, and you should be proud of your decision to pave the way to a happier, healthier future.

You’ve located a great facility where you can begin treatment. You pack your bag and you go. And then you are faced with unloading your pain in front of total strangers. Talk about a pretty scary feeling. Rest assured that you are not alone. Group therapy and finding a community that you identify with, as intimidating as it sounds, is a major part of the recovery process. Your peers help you build the foundation you need to battle addiction. And you will do the same for them.

Recently I was able to spend some time with several graduates of different treatment facilities. They were eager to share their insights about what it’s like to share your emotional baggage with people you don’t know. Here is what they had to say. 
I was scared, angry and disappointed in myself’

For Tara, a recent graduate of A Forever Recovery, a treatment facility in Michigan, the immediate feelings of anxiety and shame were weighing her down upon arrival. ​

“I remember walking into detox: I was scared, angry and disappointed in myself that it had to come to this. I felt like I was a defective person, that this place wasn't going to be able to fix me, that I'm just different and I couldn't change. 
It took some time for me to be comfortable with being there. But once I quit focusing on how long I was going to be there, I didn't mind being there at all.”

She told me her peers and counselors stood by her, and she realized the wonderful benefits of having these people in her life. 

“My peers were amazing. I never would have made it through the program if it weren't for my peers. I have never had friends like the ones I made during treatment,” she said.

​‘Everyone had the same goal’

After stealing from loved ones

and struggling with thoughts of suicide, Alex realized he needed help. 

“The moment I decided to get treatment I just instantly felt like I became a hundred pounds lighter. It exceeded my expectations. This place can work for anybody. As long as you're willing to choose to make it work for you, and as long as you have the choice to make a change, you will change,” Alex explained.

​“Everyone in that group was there to help each other out. Nobody was putting you down. Nobody was telling you that you can't do something. ​
Everyone had the same goal of succeeding and being sober, and living a better life than the life they were living before."

‘There is value, meaning, and purpose in my life’

Following a relapse, Wesley was inspired by other graduates of addiction treatment.

“It encouraged me to go forward. It gave me an opportunity to see that the work that needed to be done was necessary,’ he said.

For Wesley, graduation was bittersweet, but he was overjoyed with his experience.

“I felt like I was leaving home [when I graduated]. I felt like I was leaving my family. Those people have literally become my family. They know more about me than my own family. ... They prepared me, and they gave me my self-esteem back. They loved me more than I hated myself, and helped me to see that there is value, meaning, and purpose in my life. And today, I have what it takes. I have a new life, and I have the tools to proceed with that new life.”

The social aspect of rehabilitation is crucial in the recovery process. People from all walks of life are also there to seek help — many may even come from a similar background and culture as yours, so finding people you identify with is not only important, but is probably a lot easier than you think it will be. Don’t let the fear of sharing with strangers hold you back from sobriety. Those “strangers” are likely to become your best friends. 

Contributing Author:  Cecelia Johnson ​​
believes strongly in the power of good deeds and recognizing great work. She is passionate about honoring those who do outstanding work and hopes she can help build stronger, more altruistic communities and citizens.

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ensure you are 100% satisfied. Contact us to find out how ARMS Can Help. ​​

Statesville Office Hours: 
Mon, Tues, Thurs:  5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed:  4:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri: 5:00 am - 11:30 am 
Sat: 6:30 am - 9:30 am
Sun: 7:30 am - 8:00 am (invitation only)

Taylorsville Office Hours: 
Mon - Thurs:  5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri: 5:00 am - 11:30 am 
Sat: 6:30 am - 9:30 am

Sun: 7:30 am - 8:00 am (invitation only)

536 Signal Hill Drive Extension
Statesville, NC 28625

31 E Main Avenue
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Tel.: 704-872-0234
Fax: Statesville 704-818-1115
Fax: Taylorsville 828-352-7258

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