Alcohol & Drug Abuse
A pattern of substance use leading to significant impairment in functioning. One of the following must be present within a 12 month period: (1) recurrent use resulting in a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home; (2) recurrent use in situations which are physically hazardous (e.g., driving while intoxicated); (3) legal problems resulting from recurrent use; or (4) continued use despite significant social or interpersonal problems caused by the substance use. The symptoms do not meet the criteria for substance dependence as abuse is a part of this disorder.
A mental disorder is a clinically important collection of symptoms (behavioral or psychological) that causes an individual distress, disability, or the increased risk of suffering pain, disability or loss of freedom.
Mental disorders describe disease processes, not people. Individuals with the same diagnosis may be quite different from one another.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-client” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. MAT can help sustain recovery. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. Divine Light provides individuals diagnosed with an opioid use disorder a range of services to reduce, eliminate, or prevent the use of illicit drugs, potential criminal activity, and/or the spread of infectious disease. The Program focuses on improving the quality of life of those receiving treatment.
The primary goal and objective of the Medication Assisted Treatment Program is to reduce harms associated with illicit drug use by providing equitable access to methadone, counselling, primary health care and other community-based services. In doing so the vision is to improve the health and wellness of opiate dependent persons by providing an accessible service, which will enable them to return to being a productive member of the community.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP), or ASAM Level 2.5, is an effective treatment option for individuals whose co-occurring medical or psychiatric disorders are of a mild to moderate severity but have the potential to distract from treatment at a lower intensity and interfere with recovery efforts. Patients in our Partial Hospitalization Program receive a comprehensive psychosocial and physical assessment, including assessing the potential for withdrawal. If necessary, withdrawal management services can be coupled with this level of care. Patients also receive individual and group therapy sessions, peer support, and participate in our alternative therapy groups. If appropriate, family sessions are encouraged. Additional psychiatric services are available if needed.
At Divine Light Comprehensive Partial Hospital Treatment Center, we offer top-notch partial hospitalization and medication assisted treatment for individuals who are struggling with opioid addiction. With programming designed for women and men ages 18 and older, Divine Light Comprehensive Partial Hospital Treatment Center provides complete care that involves a mixture of safe, effective medications and therapy options.
Upon admission to Divine Light, all patients meet with our physician and nursing staff to undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine if withdrawal management services are necessary. Withdrawal Management, also known as detoxification, is the process of using medications to stabilize patients and address the physical withdrawal syndrome that is not only uncomfortable, but also potentially dangerous in some cases.
Withdrawal Management is a necessary first step for many patients. Because we individualize the process to meet each person’s needs, patients will be closely monitored by medical staff during the period of withdrawal management. Current withdrawal management protocols are so effective at relieving physical withdrawal that most patients are able to engage in counseling and initiate the first steps into recovery during these first crucial days.