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Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Expands Addiction Programs

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital March 08, 2018

The national increase in opioid use is worsening the toll that substance abuse takes on individuals and families struggling with substance abuse disorders. To meet this need, Behavioral Health at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital has expanded its substance abuse and addiction services.

The adult Inpatient Detox and Residential program has added an additional seven beds and can now accommodate up to 20 inpatients. Several new patient education groups are now being offered, including a physician-led group on Suboxone® and Naltrexone, and a nurse-led program on opioid-overdose prevention.

“It is clear the trajectory of life expectancy is declining in our country for the first time in more than two decades. It is most certainly a result of the opioid epidemic, especially among the young population,” said Thomas Eiseman, MD, an addiction medicine specialist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

For patients in crisis, the inpatient program provides medication-assisted treatment to manage withdrawal symptoms. However, that is just the start. A team of addiction medicine physicians, licensed therapists, nurses and psychiatrists work together to address behavioral, emotional, social and work-related issues. Treatment may include individual, group and family therapy, and on-site 12-step group support.

“Medication is not the answer. Medication is simply a tool to assist patients through their healing and therapy,” said Dr. Eiseman. “Depression, anxiety, and bipolar disease all play a larger role in addiction.”

As part of the expansion at Central DuPage Hospital, addiction medicine physicians will now offer medication assisted treatment to outpatients within the Addiction Services Program, in addition to inpatients, to assist with relief from withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and to promote long-term recovery. Outpatients must also undergo therapy and support programs in order to receive medication support.

“The addition of these services will help increase access to quality care and support long-term recovery to help individuals who struggle with substance use disorders,” says Allison Johnsen, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a program manager of Behavioral Health at Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.
The DuPage County coroner’s office reported 95 people died of heroin and other opioid overdoses in DuPage County in 2017, a significant increase over the 51 deaths reported just two years earlier.

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