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CPH launching intensive outpatient chemical dependency program

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POTSDAM - Canton-Potsdam Hospital will launch an intensive outpatient chemical dependency rehabilitation counseling program (IOP) beginning Monday.

Intensive Outpatient Services Programming is designed to offer treatment three days per week, for a total of nine hours with open enrollment. The IOP course of treatment is a six-week duration per individual requiring this level of care (the program runs for six weeks and involves three days per week of intensive three-hour treatment sessions) at the CPH Norwood, NY location, 38 Main Street.

According to Adam Bullock, RN, MSN, director of Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Services at CPH, IOP is designed for working professionals or those with obligations that would be a barrier to traditional inpatient rehabilitation.

The program is also designed to serve those for whom traditional outpatient chemical dependency rehabilitation programs—those consisting of two or three short individual and group counseling sessions per week—is clinically inappropriate or insufficient.

The program uses advanced evidence-based procedures, according to Bullock, including motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is also designed to diagnose and treat previously undiagnosed psychiatric diseases and disorders that sometimes may occur along with chemical dependency, such as clinical depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Addiction to alcohol, chemical substances, and/or drugs is a disease that takes time to develop,” said Bullock, “and it therefore takes time to treat. There is a biochemical component, in that the substances abused actually change brain chemistry over time, and there is often a psychic/emotional component. Often substances are abused in the first place because of underlying psychological or behavioral issues,” said Bullock, who noted that addiction can also occur following surgery or with an injury, if patients become dependent on medications prescribed for pain.

“The reasons people become addicted are varied, but intensive outpatient therapy has been proven effective with many people who benefit from being able to continue work or other activities while undergoing treatment,” he said. “This program is ideal for these patients.”

“St. Lawrence County has an unmet need for Chemical Dependency Services (CDS) of nearly 20,000 individuals,” said Bullock.

He went on to note that Canton Potsdam Hospital (CPH) provides Inpatient Rehabilitation, Inpatient Medical Detoxification and Outpatient Individual and Group Counseling.

“The need for services has not been diminished despite availability of current services and needs continue to go unmet in St. Lawrence County townships. Insurers and patients alike have requested an alternative service more comprehensive than the standard of counseling and groups available at this time,” said Bullock.

“They’ve been specific in what they’d like to see: an increase in the frequency of being seen, scheduling of groups and individuals on the same day of service, less restrictive access to care, and cost effectiveness in comparison to inpatient rehabilitation,” he said.

“St. Lawrence County needs an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). An IOP will strengthen our community, reduce the impact of current trends in prescription drug misuse, comprehensively prevent escalation of crime, violence, child neglect, and associated tragedies of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities due to overdoses and suicide,” said Bullock.

IOP is available by self-referral or from a primary care practitioner or case manager. It may also be court-ordered as a stand-alone treatment or as part of inpatient hospital detoxification. CPH and Samaritan Medical Center have the only hospital-based chemical dependency rehabilitation program north of the New York Thruway.

For more information, interested individuals should contact Canton Potsdam Hospital Outpatient Chemical Dependency Services at Norwood (315) 353-2572 or through their primary care practitioner or case manager.

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