The Addiction Medicine Program helps patients who are suffering from a substance addiction through:
- Treatment, including withdrawal management
Treatment in the 10-bed Addiction Medicine Program is provided by a multi-disciplinary care team of physicians, nurses and therapists that specializes in addiction medicine.
Who Can Benefit From the Addiction Medicine Program?
The Addiction Medicine Program treats adult patients willing and ready to seek help for addiction to a substance, such as:
- Prescription drugs
- Sleeping pills
- Prescription opioid pain pills
The program is designed for patients who face medical risks if they experience withdrawal on their own. The care team monitors each patient closely and manages withdrawal symptoms in a safe, medical environment. The average length of stay for patients is 3 – 5 days.
Looking at each patient’s health independently, the care team creates an individualized multi-disciplinary care plan for each patient that will support them on their journey to recovery.
During hospitalization, therapists and physicians meet with each patient individually to begin helping patients realize their potential after recovery.
Since addiction affects the whole family, individual, group and family therapy is available. Continued support for patients after hospitalization can be provided in the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic.
Nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse.
Addiction and mental illness are two independent diseases that have their own characteristics, but combined it becomes much more complicated to treat.
The Addiction Medicine Program is part of an acute hospital, so other medical conditions or mental illnesses can be addressed. Continued support beyond hospitalization is available for patients suffering from multiple diagnoses through the Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program at Community Hospital Long Beach.
Specialized Care Team
The Addiction Medicine Program is led by a dedicated physician who specializes in addiction medicine. In addition, the nurses and therapists are specially trained to treat and support patients struggling with addiction.