DUAL DIAGNOSIS: SUBSTANCE ABUSE / MENTAL ILLNESS
Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders are common. On average, more than half (52%) of persons surveyed in the past few years who have ever been diagnosed with alcohol abuse or dependence have also experienced a mental disorder at some time in their lives. An even larger proportion (59%) of people with a history of other drug abuse or dependence also had experienced a mental disorder. Mental health problems often predate substance abuse problems by four to six years; alcohol or other drugs may be used as a form of self-medication to alleviate the symptoms of the mental disorder. In some cases, substance abuse precedes the development of mental health problems. For instance, anxiety and depression may be brought on as a response to stressors from broken relationships, lost employment, and other situations directly related to an alcohol and/or drug-using lifestyle.
At this time, there are no dedicated detox or drug rehabilitation facilities, including structured inpatient or outpatient treatment resources, available to individuals in crisis within Summit County. Detox is not available within the Park City Hospital’s ER Department. The Summit County Jail serves as the default detox facility within the County.
The University of Utah Health Plans is the Medicaid behavioral health administrator for Summit County. This is the first time one of the established Utah Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) providing medical care to a county’s residents has been chosen to also administer mental health and substance use services. Healthy U Behavioral exists for ANY Medicaid eligible Summit County resident, regardless of their medical coverage.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, and Narcotics Anonymous in Summit County
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) Addiction Recovery Services
UNI’s inpatient medical detoxification program at Four South ensures safe withdrawal and the beginning of the recovery cycle. Patients are detoxified for 3-7 days under the care of a psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who provide medication, monitoring, and support during the withdrawal process. To ensure continued success when the patient leaves the hospital, we create discharge plan outlines with the patient and family for appropriate follow-up care (Tel. 801-583-2500). We also encourage attendance at our “trigger counseling groups.” UNI also offers Recovery Works – Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (801) 587-3235. Recovery Works is an intensive outpatient program for adults struggling with drug and alcohol problems. Patients work in a group therapy setting four nights a week for eight weeks. To ensure success after completion of treatment, continued weekly aftercare support is available for participants. To be included in Recovery Works, individuals must be medically clear and detoxified from alcohol and drugs. Regular attendance is required. Finally, UNI also offers The Outpatient Recovery Clinic for adults seeking ongoing alcohol and drug addiction and dual diagnosis treatment and support. The clinic is staffed by board certified psychiatrists who have additional training in addiction psychiatry. Senior psychiatry residents as well as licensed clinical social workers also provide services. Services include consultation and evaluation, group and individual therapy, medication management, Suboxone and Vivitrol injection therapy, and outpatient detoxification, if medically appropriate. Please call the Outpatient Recovery Clinic at (801) 585-1575 for more information.
LDS Hospital Dayspring Inpatient and Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs, including medication management.
The LDS Hospital Dayspring progam offers several points of service for those suffering from a chemical dependency: 1) Inpatient medical detoxification. Our inpatient care provides short-term detox medical stabilization prior to beginning ongoing outpatient or residential treatment for addiction. Once a client is stable, he/she is encouraged to transition to the next level of treatment and continue their recovery in the Day Treatment Program or Evening Intensive Outpatient Program. 2) The Day Treatment Program provides each individual with supervision and structure to help them continue practicing the skills and tools they need to continue their recovery. Clients are involved in a full schedule of events, five days a week. Family members are involved in support groups on Monday and Thursday evenings. Depending on the patient’s needs and completion of the treatment plan, the average length of stay is four weeks. 3) Dayspring provides an evening substance abuse program that allows individuals to maintain their family and work responsibilities during the day and weekends but also participate in treatment. The program is a cost-effective means of treatment and is located at LDS Hospital. Depending on patient motivation and completion of their treatment plan, the average length of treatment is six weeks. 4) Aftercare is a very important part of the Dayspring program and is provided at no charge. It takes longer than four or six weeks for a person to make lasting changes in their life, so attendance at Aftercare and 12 Step meetings is essential to long-term recovery success. Clients return once a week for up to two years to attend an Aftercare group where they review the skills and tools of recovery that they learned in the Dayspring programs. Medications: Dayspring staff can prescribe relapse prevention medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, Campral, Antabuse, and naltrexone.
First Step House (Salt Lake City) (Wait List for Non-Salt Lake Residents)
First Step House was incorporated in 1958 by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who focused on rehabilitating those struggling with alcohol abuse. First Step currently serves adult males, ages 18 years and older, who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders. They offer residential treatment, outpatient treatment, long-term recovery support services, and transitional housing for active clients and graduates. They provide targeted services for veterans, people with little to no income, fathers, those who are legally involved, and individuals who are homeless or have unstable housing. Call an admissions specialist at 801-359-8862. They will answer your questions, discuss available funding options, and help you determine if First Step House is the right choice for you or your loved one. If their programs do not fit your specific needs, they will refer you with another provider. First Step works closely with many community organizations and work hard to connect people with the resources they need.
House of Hope Salt Lake City
Residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient substance use disorders treatment is provided for women, pregnant women, and mothers with children. The House of Hope is located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and serves women from Salt Lake County and other areas of the state. House of Hope also serves women with co-occurring mental health disorders. Children go to the Hope Center for Children while their mothers attend treatment. Here they receive therapeutic day treatment services.
Odyssey House (Salt Lake City) (Wait List for Non-Salt Lake Residents)
Odyssey House’s unique Modified Therapeutic Community (TC) approach surrounds those struggling with an addiction with a community of their peers, including servicing teens, adults, and parents.
At Odyssey House, they treat the underlying causes of substance abuse. With our specialized Dual Diagnosis Enhanced program, we treat common co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, antisocial personality disorder, mood disorders and more. By treating both physical and mental health, we can remove some of the barriers to overcoming an addiction. Our status as a non-profit organization allows us to receive funding from a wide variety of sources, from government aid to personal donations. This allows us to keep Odyssey House open to everyone regardless of financial situation. Odyssey House also operates various programs that wrap as much support around individuals as possible. From support groups to counseling, activities, and more, patients are given a strong support structure to help them through their struggles. Without strong and continuous support, individuals newly out of treatment are highly susceptible to relapse and risk undoing all of the hard work and dedication they put into their treatment.
Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)
USARA focuses on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs for individuals and their families in Utah. USARA’s Addiction Recovery Management for Families program (ARM) provides FREE recovery management planning for persons with a history of drug and alcohol addiction and their family members. The primary goals of ARM are to reduce barriers impacting recovery; to improve family relationships and social supports; and to increase job readiness by connecting individuals to employment resources. ARM may provide participants with limited financial assistance for qualified recovery services based upon need. Eligibility requirements for ARM listed here: http://www.myusara.com/recovery-support/addiction-recovery-management/
DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues. ARS uses a three-pronged approach scientifically proven to help people overcome their addictions: Therapeutic Learning, Cognitive Healing, and Medication Assistance. The site also provides thorough explanations of various types of addition here: https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/. They also have a U.S. treatment finder here: https://www.drugrehab.com/treatment-centers/
You don’t have to fight addiction alone. RehabCenter.net is the Web’s most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. They offer free and confidential information about the many effective and empowering rehab options available today. RehabCenter.net provides a vast library of educational articles on recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and many treatment and support options. You can customize searches for rehab centers and treatment around the U.S., or contact one of their professional counselors who can answer all your questions and get you started on your new drug-free life.
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Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Toolkit
Every day, hospitals and health systems see the effects of the nation’s opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose in 2015. That’s more than 90 people a day or approximately four people each hour. There are also financial implications due to increased health care and substance use disorder treatment costs, lost productivity and costs to the criminal justice system, estimated to be billions of dollars. This toolkit includes a variety of resources for hospitals and health care systems to share with clinicians and patients and to use to enhance partnerships within their communities. The toolkit is categorized into eight topic areas:
1. Clinician education on prescribing practices
2. Nonopioid pain management
3. Addressing stigma
4. Treatment options for opioid use disorders
5. Patient, family and caregiver education
6. Transitions of care
7. Safeguarding against diversion
8. Collaborating with communities
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