Break Free from Addiction

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, West Pines Behavioral Health Addiction Services, located on the campus of Lutheran Medical Center, can help. Our expert staff has decades of experience in evidence-based treatments that can put you on the path to recovery.

Various levels of care are available, including medical detoxification, a residential treatment program and outpatient care.

“We know that there are different paths to recovery,” says Brad Sjostrom, Addiction Services Manager. “Some people will need all three components of the program, and others will require some combination of services.” The goals are to ease patients through the detoxification process, address the psychological causes of the addiction and give patients the tools they need for long-term recovery.

Medical Detoxification

Detoxing, whether from alcohol, prescription medications or illicit drugs, can be the most difficult part of recovery. The detoxification program offers medical support for managing withdrawal symptoms. The medical staff uses a variety of medications, including Suboxone, which helps manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawal; Vivitrol, which is offered after opioid detox to help prevent relapse; and benzodiazepine medications for alcohol withdrawal.

Patients with a history of medical issues, such as seizures or diabetes, receive the proper monitoring and care to ensure a safe detox process. Once patients are no longer physically dependent, they can begin to address the psychological and social roots of their addiction.

Residential Treatment Program

The West Pines residential treatment program offers a structured, supportive and holistic approach to recovery. During a 14-day minimum stay, patients receive comprehensive individual psychiatric care, medication management and individual family group counseling within a supportive cohort of 13 to 15 fellow patients. The program also incorporates alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and meditation.

West Pines has partnered with The Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that is a sober, active community and offers daily exercise sessions, including rock climbing and strength training, to help foster connection and promote physical and emotional recovery. Patients undergo an extensive evaluation to determine if the residential program is appropriate for them.

“We select patients who are highly motivated and willing to change,” says psychiatrist Walter Standridge, MD, Medical Director of West Pines. He notes that although the program has a shorter duration than some other recovery programs, it causes minimal disruption to patients’ daily lives. The clinical staff sets patients up with aftercare resources so they can resume normal work and family life as soon as possible.

Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program and Aftercare

This eight- to 10-week evening program, offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., provides individual and group counseling, addiction education and a supportive community. Patients who complete the program are invited to attend free weekly support group sessions for one year. Afterward, they are eligible to attend the weekly alumni group in perpetuity.

“The most important thing for people to know is that addiction treatment is available, and it is effective,” Dr. Standridge says. “Our program has many success stories of people who took the crucial first step to get help and went on to maintain their sobriety and rebuild their lives.”

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