Unison Health’s Sub-Acute Facility Marks 1 Year of Offering Hope

Category: Blog

Published: June 5, 2018

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There, on any given day, you can find about a dozen people, each of whom have made the bravest decision of their lives. They’re taking their first steps toward a better future — one free of addiction to opioids and other substances.

They’re enrolled in Unison Health’s Sub-acute Detoxification Residential Program, which is celebrating its first highly successful year of providing 24-hour, medically monitored detox for individuals who are ready to break free of their addictions.

Sub-Acute Detox Delivers Results Against Opioid Addiction

In its first year, the sub-acute detox facility has proven to be a key element in the Toledo area’s battle against addiction, especially the opioid addiction that is ravaging our community. The average length of a patient’s stay is between five and twelve days. In addition, nearly 40% of clients received outpatient care from Unison Health within seven days of release, demonstrating the impact the program has on encouraging people to maintain their sobriety going forward. Perhaps most importantly, over 90% of clients were not readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge.

How Sub-Acute Detox Works

Clients who enter the program first undergo a full diagnostic assessment to address any potential underlying psychological issues. At the same time, medications are administered to ease the initial symptoms of withdrawal, which are usually so painful that the threat of relapse increases dramatically. Patients are monitored 24/7 by a team specifically trained in the treatment of detox, who provide comfort and care through the early days of detox, and then help them transition into the next stages of recovery.

Once the patient has gone through the initial intake and the first few days of detox, the licensed professionals at Unison Health work with each client to develop an individualized course of treatment. This includes not only medication maintenance, but also one-on-one and group therapy sessions, which can be crucial in helping individuals see they are not alone in their struggle. It’s an environment that empowers people to envision what a post-addiction life will like, and what strategies they can take to ensure they sustain a sober lifestyle.

Sub-Acute Detox: Part of Unison Health’s Continuum of Care

The introduction of sub-acute detox one year ago — and the recent addition of Recovery Housing earlier this spring — is evidence of Unison Health’s commitment to providing a continuum of care for people facing addiction. Throughout the entire journey to sobriety, Unison Health is there, caring for people as they initial detox, addressing any additional behavioral health issues and ensuring each patient’s primary care needs are met along the way.

Sadly, the need for sub-acute detox remains as great as ever. When this 16-bed facility opened last June, we anticipated serving over 400 individuals per year. That number was reached after just 9 months. While that statistic tells us in no uncertain terms that the opioid addiction crisis is far from over, we can take some comfort in the fact that sub-acute detox is available — and it can be a powerful weapon in the fight against this deadly disease.

When Unison Health opened the doors on our sub-acute detox facility one year ago, we knew we were bringing something truly vital to the community — a renewed sense of hope. If you or someone you know is ready to take the first steps to a better future, please contact Unison Health today at 419-214-HOPE.