Medical Support Program

Offering Support to Help Individuals Break Free from Addiction

Medical Support Program

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that overtakes the lives of the addicted, along with their families and loved ones. The first step to overcoming addiction is also the most important: seeking help. That is why University Hospitals Portage Medical Center offers the Medical Support Program to help individuals overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

This is a voluntary program to treat the withdrawal symptoms of addiction in a safe, inpatient medical setting. The inpatient stay includes assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning specific to the patient’s needs. After a patient is discharged, our staff will continue to follow up with the patient to monitor their progress and provide support.

We take addiction seriously. If you or someone you love suffers from substance and/or drug abuse, we can help.

The Medical Support Program office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 1-844-541-2087.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Addiction is progressive and like other chronic diseases, often involves cycles of relapse and remission, and can result in disability or premature death.

What leads to addiction?

Genetic factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Environmental factors interact with the person’s biology and affect the extent to which genetic factors exert their influence. Culture also plays a role in how addiction develops in individuals with biological vulnerabilities to addiction.

When should someone seek treatment?

Treatment should be sought once someone recognizes the signs of addiction, which include:

  • Inability to consistently abstain from drugs or alcohol
  • Impairment in behavioral control
  • Craving, or increased hunger for drugs or rewarding experiences
  • Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships
  • A dysfunctional emotional response

Once addicted, a person no longer has control over their life, but rather the addiction drives every aspect of their life. To regain control of one’s life, one must choose to seek help to overcome addiction.

What is the University Hospitals Portage Medical Support Program?

This is a voluntary program to treat the withdrawal symptoms of addiction in an inpatient medical setting. We treat addiction as a chronic disease to medically stabilize a patient.

What type of substances can the Medical Support Program help me with?

This program provides a safe medical stabilization setting for those who find themselves dependent on:

  • Alcohol
  • Opiates (ex. heroin, Oxycontin®)
  • Prescription drugs
  • A combination of substances
Can addiction be treated successfully?

Yes. Addiction is a treatable disease. However, addiction is a complex disease that affects brain function and behavior with no single treatment being right for everyone. We offer an individualized treatment plan, which involves a three-step process:

  • Evaluation. This process includes lab testing, obtaining a history and performing a physical examination. A patient’s overall physical condition is important in developing a unique plan of care.
  • Stabilization. Supervised in a safe medical setting, this period allows the patient to recover from the acute effects of the drug or alcohol and undergo withdrawal. Medications are given to help with the major withdrawal symptoms. Getting the patient past the worst phases of withdrawal is the goal.
  • Follow-up care. The final step is arranging for follow-up care and treatment for the patient’s addiction.
How long will a patient be in the hospital?

UH Portage Medical Center provides a safe and anonymous admission to the Medical Support Program. The typical length of stay and time for stabilization is three days, before a patient is able to go home and attend outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. The inpatient stay includes the initial assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning specific to the patient’s needs.

What happens after a patient leaves?

Our licensed clinical staff will work with the patient and their needs in order to take back their life, free of addiction. Our goal is to connect a patient to resources in their community in order to provide support to sustain a new lifestyle. Upon discharge, our staff will continue to follow up with a patient’s progress and provide support.

Does insurance cover the Medical Support Program?

Yes. Currently we are accepting commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid.

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