Helping people confront and conquer chemical illness
The social drinker whose alcohol use is getting out of hand …
Factory workers who take ever-increasing amounts of pain medication …
Seniors who become dependent on prescription tranquilizers …
Adolescents who “experiment” with so-called recreational drugs …
… all of these represent the face of chemical dependency. Anyone who uses a potentially addictive drug is a potential addict so it’s important to recognize the indicators of chemical illness.
Symptoms include the following:
- Inability to predict whether or not you will use drugs or get drunk
- The need to drink or use drugs in order to have fun or “wind down”
- Drinking or using drugs alone
- The need to increase use in order to get the same effect you used to get with smaller amounts
- Remembering how last night began, but not how it ended
- Having trouble at work, school or in relationships because of drinking or drug use
- Making promises to yourself or to others that you will “cut down” or stop getting drunk or using drugs
- Feeling alone, scared, miserable or depressed
If you are seeing these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, the ETMC Behavioral Health Center can help.
Our board-certified psychiatrists, nurses, and licensed chemical dependency counselors provide expert treatment to help patients begin the healing process. Treatment is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans.
New Choices intensive outpatient program
This program allows patients to maintain ties to home and work while they recover from chemical dependency and substance abuse. Program is held Monday through Friday with four to five hours of programming offered daily. Transportation may be arranged as necessary.
The program is approved for Medicare and most insurance plans:
- Individually designed treatment plans for patients age 18
- Group, individual and family therapy
- Continuous review of treatment plans to monitor progress toward identified goals
- Caring, nonjudgmental support from licensed therapists
- Oversight provided by a doctor