By Elizabeth Curran
New Vision at Holy Cross Health offers medical detox services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addiction. The New Vision service supports adults with a hospital stay under medical supervision for stabilization in a hospital setting, which generally lasts three to five days. Patients can detox from a substance in a safe, medically supervised environment.
The service offers treatment for substances such as opioids (including heroin and fentanyl); alcohol; benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax); methamphetamine; cocaine; and prescription drugs and combination substances. New Vision at Holy Cross Health addresses the physical signs and symptoms associated with withdrawal from opioids, alcohol, and other substances. This is a medical service, so there is no behavioral component, counseling or therapy. The goal of the service is to medically manage the patient during the acute withdrawal phase so that they are more successful when starting a drug treatment program.
“We know that excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver, pancreas, heart and increase the risk of several types of cancer,” said
. “Similarly, illicit drugs can cause or worsen multiple health problems. Holy Cross Health has partnered with New Vision to help improve the overall health and well-being of our community by helping patients take the first steps towards recovery.
New Vision at Holy Cross Health is led by Amanda Nutting, whose previous experience in the field of substance use disorders includes Deputy Program Director of the Empowerment Center, a residential intensive outpatient treatment program for women in the Northern Nevada and Clinical Support Specialist with the Everglades Re-Entry Center for the Florida Department of Corrections.
“New Vision at Holy Cross Health offers support to people looking to break the cycle of addiction, after identifying that they have a substance use problem,” says Nutting. “New Vision provides a safe, compassionate and confidential environment during the most physically challenging aspect of recovery.”
New Vision offers scheduled drug reductions in accordance with the evidence-based practice published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Additionally, New Vision offers various medications to accommodate withdrawal symptoms, promoting comfort and preserving dignity. New Vision staff work with each patient during their hospital stay to coordinate an individualized discharge plan for ongoing care with treatment providers in the community to best meet their ongoing recovery needs.
“We are able to support patients by alleviating the most intense withdrawal symptoms that often present themselves as a barrier to treatment once a person has made the decision to seek help in a treatment setting. drug addiction,” Nutting explained. “No additional treatment or therapy is provided during the hospital stay beyond the detox process. New Vision patients are encouraged to focus on their own physical well-being in order to be well enough to begin treatment/therapy immediately after stabilization.
Patients seeking treatment with New Vision at Holy Cross Health do not need a doctor’s referral to be admitted. Each patient is assessed to ensure that they meet the medical criteria required for inpatient detoxification.
Nutting adds: “New Vision patients are on a normal floor of the hospital and may have visitors during visiting hours like any other patient; they are not in a closed room or otherwise treated differently. Once the patient has been admitted to Holy Cross Health, we all work collaboratively, New Vision staff, nursing, case management and other support staff, to address the patient’s physical symptoms , and as a team we work to alleviate these symptoms with the use of medication. Medications are individualized based on a person’s withdrawal type and medical history.
For more information about New Vision at Holy Cross Health, please call us Monday through Friday at (954) 542-2890 or visit us online at www.holy-cross.com/newvision.
Elizabeth Curran is Director of Marketing, SpecialCare Hospital Management.