HealthFix: Adult Substance Abuse—How to recognize the signs

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Substance abuse is a serious and sometimes life-threatening issue that needs to be addressed if identified in a friend or family member. Although it is never an easy discussion to have, you could potentially save a life by reaching out. Recovering from an addiction will take time, patience, and support. Jordan Valley Medical Center has an inpatient medical stabilization service for adults who seek assistance with managing withdrawal symptoms after the cessation of certain substances. This service is called New Vision™.

Recognizing drug abuse in a loved one

Possible indications include:

  • Problems at work
  • Neglected health and appearance
  • Physical health issues
  • Changes in behavior
  • Problems with spending money

What exactly is New Vision™?

The New Vision™ service consists of a safe, medically supervised hospital stay at Jordan Valley Medical Center. The service typically lasts three to five days for inpatient medical stabilization. A qualified team of medical professionals provides individualized and multidisciplinary treatment to promote a successful recovery.

Who is medical stabilization for?

Medical stabilization is for people with ongoing alcohol or drug dependency. It is the process by which withdrawal symptoms are medically supervised, allowing for a safer and more comfortable withdrawal. The ideal candidate has some of the following criteria:

  • History of withdrawal symptoms
  • Home life is not conducive to outpatient medical stabilization
  • Have a serious medical condition
  • Have an extremely high tolerance for mood-altering chemicals
  • Potential threat to themselves or others while under the influence

Melanie Tackett, ASUDC
Jordan Valley Medical Center
www.jordanvalleymc.com