New addiction stabilization unit bridges gap between emergency rooms and drug treatment

New addiction stabilization unit bridges gap between emergency rooms and drug treatment


DENI: KEITH FARAH SPENDS A LOT
OF HIS TIME IN HOSPITALS TRYING
TO CONVINCE PEOPLE LIVING WITH
ADDICTION TO COME TO CENTERSTONE
AND SEEK HELP.>>I SPEND THE FIRST PART OF OUR
CONVERSATION CONVINCING THEM I’M
NOT A POLICE OFFICER. DENI: FARAH KNOWS WHAT IT’S LIKE
TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT
CONVERSATION
A RECOVERING ADDICT AND
ALCOHOLIC HE’S BEEN SOBER FOR
ALMOST SIX YEARS AND IS NOW THE LEAD PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
>>IT KIND OF GIVES THEM SOME
HOPE LIKE MAN IF THIS GUY DID
IT, THERE’S NO REASON THAT MAYBE
IF I WALK IN HIS PATH THAT I
CAN’T DO IT TOO. DENI: NOW FARAH AND HIS FELLOW
PEER COUNSELORS CAN BRING PEOPLE
WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS TO
CENTERSTONE DAY OR NIGHT THANKS
TO ITS NEW ADDICTION
STABILIZATION UNIT.>>WHAT WE FIND IS THAT THE
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY, WHAT WE
CALL A MOMENT OF CLARITY, WHERE
SOMEONE SAYS HEY I WANT HELP, I
WANT TO TAKE ACTION, THAT WINDOW
CAN CLOSE VERY QUICKLY. DENI: SCOTT HESSELTINE, VICE
PRESIDENT OF ADDICTION SERVICES
SAYS THE UNIT GIVES PEOPLE W
ARE DEALING WITH A COMBINATION
OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES AND
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS A PLACE TO STABILIZE AND DEVELOP A PLAN
FOR TREATMENT.>>IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE
DEVELOP A PERSON CENTERED
APPROACH WHERE WE’RE INCLUDING
THAT PERSON IN THE DECISIONS. DENI: SINCE OPENING IN EARLY
JUNE, THE ASU HAS SERVED 241
PEOPLE MOVING THEM TO INPATIENT
TREATMENT OR PROVIDING OTHER
SUPPORT. THE UNIT EVEN HELPS THOSE WHO
ARE UNINSURED FIND ANOTHER PLACE
TO GO.>>JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN’T
GET SERVICES HERE, DOESN’T MEAN
WE’RE DONE WITH THEM. DENI: FOR FARAH, THE ASU MEANS
HELPING MORE PEOPLE TURN THEIR
LIFE AROUND THE WAY HE DID.>>THERE ARE C

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