Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
When faced with a drug or alcohol addiction, the idea of “detox” is the last thing many are willing to consider. But it is the first thing they need in order to begin on the road to recovery. With medical options available and an ongoing desire to remain free of the stronghold of substance abuse, many individuals can resume and maintain healthy lifestyles. Inpatient medical stabilization services are now available at University Hospital and Medical Center for adults ages 18 and older who are currently using or experiencing acute withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.
University Hospital and Medical Center has contracted with SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri for a medical stabilization service called New Vision™.
Medical stabilization is the process by which withdrawal symptoms are medically managed in a hospital setting. It can be dangerous to suddenly stop using alcohol or some drugs without proper medical support, especially for individuals who have been using for a long period of time. Medical stabilization makes the process of withdrawal more comfortable, thereby improving the odds for a successful recovery. New Vision™ is for people with drug, alcohol and health related issues and accepts appropriate patients who are experiencing incapacitation due to substance use or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms. The service consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization which typically lasts 3 to 5 days. The inpatient stay includes the following aspects:
- Medical Stabilization
- Appropriate Discharge Planning
- Referrals to rehabilitation and counseling services
New Vision™ has a fully qualified treatment team which includes a Medical Director and nursing personnel who utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach in the individualized treatment of each patient. Upon admission to the hospital, the patient is assessed and a medical history, physical, a complete laboratory workup and a nursing assessment are accomplished. Patients, who are under the influence of chemical substances and / or other medical co morbidities, will be closely observed and stabilized. The hospital accepts appropriate patients who are experiencing problems and incapacitation due to substance use and/or abuse, or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from cessation or use of certain substances.
Discharge planning will occur prior to leaving the hospital; the patient will be referred to appropriate community based treatment programs. The goal of these support groups is to blend education for all patients regarding chemical dependency with practical methodologies to prevent relapse.
For more information, call 1-800-939-2273 or 954-724-6047. Our office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday through Saturday Eastern Standard Time. Someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
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