Addiction is a chronic, progressive, medical and psychological disease. As a result, treatment requires a multi-faceted, holistic approach if patients are going to become productive, successful citizens again. True recovery requires a lifelong commitment to combat relapse and the harmful effects of chemical dependency. Therefore, we provide each patient with the most comprehensive experience possible. We tailor rehabilitative plans according to the patient’s history and personal life experiences, and help each patient develop mechanisms to avoid the triggers that initiated damaging behaviors in the past. We empower individuals with the necessary coping skills and resources to make their lifelong road of recovery as successful as possible.
Behavioral Health Group provides treatment for addiction in an outpatient setting. There are two key aspects to treatment in our treatment centers:
We use medications (e.g., methadone) to address the patient’s physical dependence on opioids. Methadone minimizes the painful symptoms of withdrawal and stabilizes the patient’s biochemistry. Because of the physical changes in the brain that opioid abuse causes, it is considered medically unsafe to go through withdrawal without medication. Additionally, patients respond better to behavioral counseling if they are not suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms.
We utilize a comprehensive counseling program to address the patient’s psychological dependence of an opioid addiction. Working with an on-site counselor, each patient develops an individualized treatment plan. The patient and counselor work together to identify issues and triggers that lead to damaging behavior, and then they develop non-damaging coping mechanisms to address those triggers. This process maximizes the patient’s strengths while shoring up his/her weaknesses.
The goal is to stabilize the patient and give him/her the tools needed to live a drug-free life. In doing so, the odds of long term recovery are far superior to quitting “cold turkey” or with just one aspect of treatment (e.g., medication or counseling alone).
Outpatient Drug Treatment
All BHG facilities are outpatient drug treatment centers. This allows the patient to live at home, attend work or school, and live a normal life. In addition to medical and behavioral treatment, BHG emphasizes abstinence from illicit substances. All patients are subject to scheduled and unscheduled drug tests, which are monitored by the clinic medical staff. The constant support from the BHG medical and counseling teams reduces the risk of relapse.
Depending on the individual patient’s history of opioid use, treatment may last from 12 to 24 months, or longer, as needed.
The Patient Experience
From the first moment an opioid-dependent person decides to get help at a BHG facility, they are given individualized care and personalized treatment by our staff of licensed physicians, nurses, and counselors. On the first day of treatment, a physician conducts a medical exam and a thorough listing. Together, the physician and the patient develop an initial treatment plan suited for that individual. The patient is monitored and his or her condition is recorded.
At this point, the staff provides an explanation of the prescribed treatment and the patient meets with a counselor. The patient and the counselor set treatment goals designed to maximize that individual’s strengths while improving the weaknesses. At the end of the first day, the patient is given the first dose of methadone, if appropriate, and the stabilization process begins.