Steps to Treating Addiction

Addiction is a complex, chronic disease that affects brain function and behavior. It meets all the criteria set by the medical definition of “chronic disease” which include:

  • It lasts more than three months
  • It cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medications
  • It cannot be cured so patients must learn to manage the disease
  • It is long-term and progressive

The chronic disease of addiction is treatable and, like many other chronic conditions, it can be managed.

Once an individual is ready to regain control over their life and seeks our help, we take them through a thorough pre-screening process. This provides an essential baseline, indicating where each person is in their understanding of their condition so that we can tailor their care accordingly.

The Process

When a patient decides that we are the right place to begin treating their chronic disease, we will start with a three-step process:

  1. Evaluation: It is important to know each patient’s overall physical condition. The evaluation phase includes a physical exam, lab work, a medical history, and a biopsychosocial history.
  2. Medical stabilization: The patient undergoes medically-managed withdrawal under the care of doctors and nurses over a three- to five-day period. This allows a patient to recover from the acute and often dangerous effects of drug and/or alcohol withdrawal. Medications are given to help with the major withdrawal symptoms. Patients can also be discharged on Suboxone to bridge their appointments with their outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers.
  3. Follow-up care and education: A unique post-discharge care plan is developed to help each patient take advantage of the gains that will be made during medical stabilization. Follow-up appointments are scheduled prior to discharge and the team is available to provide on-going support for patients. Patients attend follow-up appointments within 24 to 72 hours of discharge.

Contacting Us

Anyone can call us for information about addiction and/or treatment options. This includes those who want to self-refer, former patients, current patients and concerned family and/or friends of those with addiction. We will assist you in navigating the substance disorders and mental health treatment landscape. We work with psychiatrists, primary care providers, treatment programs/centers, agencies and hospitals from all over Ohio.

Primary Care Physicians, emergency departments, outpatient clinics and specialists can refer patients directly to us and we will collaborate with them and assist patients in getting the help they need.

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