Superior Health Care, Medical Detox, and Treatment Services
When providing modern, high-quality medical services, we know it is not an option to separate treatment for the body and the mind. Today’s medical professionals are certain that mental and physical health are deeply intertwined. Numerous studies reinforce the interplay between these two aspects of human health. Physical self-care improves mood, confidence, outlook, and perceived happiness; maintaining mental wellness increases your likelihood to eat well and exercise and lowers your risk of several physical illnesses.
Our facilities were among the first to be certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
As a top-tier addiction and mental health treatment provider, Origins Behavioral HealthCare is acutely aware of the mind-body connection. Drug or alcohol addiction, though classified as a mental health disorder, has clear physical symptoms. Other mental health disorders frequently lead to physical health concerns, from poor nutrition and hygiene to high blood pressure and digestive problems. When you enter our programs, we understand you require mental health support and physical and psychological healing. We can help you address the immediate symptoms presented upon admission and support you in building a foundation for long-term health. When you leave our care, you will be equipped with the tools to stay physically and mentally healthy for life.
Our exceptional adult inpatient medical detox and medical services are essential to our mission to provide complete well-being and recovery. Our healthcare is the same high caliber as our mental health programming and complements the clinical care and therapy you will receive. Our medical services are provided in-house and on-site, ensuring clear communication between the members of your care team as well as convenient access to medical and clinical providers for seamlessly integrated care.
Medical Services Provided
The broad range of superior on-site medical services we provide contributes to our renowned reputation as a leader in drug and alcohol addiction and mental health treatment. Our programming includes medically managed detox and ongoing medical care for managing concurrent physical conditions. Our medical services are provided by our on-staff medical team of licensed and experienced doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists.
Medical detoxification is a critical step in recovery for many people seeking treatment. If you have an acute or active substance addiction, you likely struggle with a deep-seated dependence. Over the course of addiction, your body becomes chemically imbalanced as it learns to rely on drugs or alcohol to produce certain hormones or neurotransmitters. Without drugs or alcohol, your body becomes physically unstable, resulting in uncomfortable and often dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Detox is the process during which you comfortably pass through withdrawal to begin reestablishing your natural brain and body functions.
Our medical detox programming, also called medically monitored detoxification, is thoughtfully overseen by doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals as all traces of drugs or alcohol leave your body. This approach ensures you are not at risk of health complications as withdrawal symptoms appear. Our detox programs utilize safe medications, careful nutritional planning, alternative interventions, and more to keep your symptoms under control while providing around-the-clock monitoring to ensure your safety.
Other Medical Treatment Services at Our Texas and Florida Locations
Our medical specialties include:
- Non-narcotic pain management
- Medication management for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders
- Addiction-informed approaches to common physical conditions
Origins is also a pioneer in age-specific recovery care, including care for older adults. We are sensitive to the physical health concerns that often accompany aging and have full-time nursing staff available for older patients who enroll in our residential programs.
Key components of Origins’ comprehensive medical services include:
- Thorough physical evaluations upon admission
- An expert medical staff experienced in addiction medicine
- Staff psychiatrists who prescribe appropriate medication according to ongoing assessments
- A residential unit for older adults with access to 24/7 nursing at our Florida facility
- Treatment of chronic pain with non-narcotic medications and other therapies
- Education about ongoing health management
- Personalized discharge plans that include medical care recommendations
Responsible Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction
Opioid addiction is a disease that affects the body, mind, and spirit. Because addiction is very difficult to break, many people with opioid use disorders struggle to make it past the early days of recovery following medical detox. Medical research definitively indicates that many people with opioid addiction benefit from some form of recovery-oriented medication during the treatment process. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MAT may increase patient retention and decrease the rate of relapse. At Origins, we offer two MAT types with very different uses:
Suboxone for Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
Over a decade ago, the FDA approved the use of buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, to treat opioid dependence in the U.S. This medication can suppress your desire for opioids by providing a partial block on opioid receptors in the brain. It also partially stimulates this receptor and helps relieve the excruciating withdrawal symptoms that can lead to relapse. Buprenorphine is offered to all opioid-addicted patients at Origins during the detox and withdrawal process.
Vivitrol for Recovery Support
Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, extended-release version of the daily oral medication naltrexone. It is given once a month via injection to those who’ve successfully completed medical detox and are in active recovery. Vivitrol is an opiate blocker that prevents opiates from connecting with receptors in your brain. When used in tandem with other clinical, psychological, and spiritual therapies, this medication combats your obsession to use and decreases the potential for you to experience a high if you relapse. Until you can heal emotionally, Vivitrol can be used as non-addictive medical support during the delicate months of early recovery.
Addiction and Physical Health
Addictive drugs and alcohol are sometimes called “mind-altering” substances because they directly affect your brain function to produce the effects of being drunk or high. However, these substances also cause or exacerbate physical health issues as they are processed through your body. There are three main ways drugs or alcohol interact with your physical body:
- How they are consumed or taken
- The physical repercussions of an altered mental state
- How a particular substance is filtered out of your body
Drugs or alcohol are taken in ways that allow mind-altering chemicals to enter your bloodstream. When you drink alcohol, it is processed through your digestive system and absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat. When you smoke marijuana or crack cocaine, the substance is absorbed through the tiny blood vessels in your lungs. Injecting a drug like heroin delivers it directly into your blood. The organ damage caused by any of these drugs to your mouth, throat, stomach, nose, lungs, skin, and blood vessels can lead to infection, deterioration, increased risk of organ-related cancer, and even organ failure.
The substances then travel through your bloodstream to reach your brain, where the active chemicals trigger over- or under-activity in pathways that regulate mood, energy, sociability, or pain. While these effects seem purely psychological on the surface, each comes with a set of physical manifestations. The sleepy euphoria of heroin and opioids, for example, is accompanied by a severely slowed heartbeat. Stimulant drugs like cocaine can drastically increase your heart rate. Drugs like 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), known as Ecstasy or Molly, are known for causing jaw and muscle tension. Alcohol causes dehydration, poor physical coordination, and gastrointestinal upset. In cases of overdose, many of these physical effects can become severe enough to result in a physical health emergency and even fatality. Repeatedly subjecting your body to these concerns can cause long-lasting effects like a weakened heart, temporomandibular joint disorder, thin stomach lining, or chronic migraines.
Finally, just like the foods, beverages, medications, or otherwise we put into our bodies, drugs or alcohol must be filtered out. As this occurs, the effects of being drunk or high wear off. Within your body, though, the potent and harmful chemicals contained in drugs or alcohol are being processed through essential organs like the liver, intestines, and kidneys. Repeated exposure to harsh substances can cause irreparable damage to your organs.
Medical Detox & Comprehensive Medical Services Are Key to Recovery
Alcohol and drug use affect your body in so many adverse ways that addiction-informed medical treatment is often necessary to reverse or reduce health issues. For our age-specific programs at Origins, we also account for how aging and early-onset addiction multiply the risk factor for co-occurring physical and medical illnesses.
Common conditions that we treat include:
- Liver disease, including hepatitis and cirrhosis
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular problems
- Neurological problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Kidney disease
- Bladder disorders
Integrated Medical Services with Expert Providers
Medical conditions that occur alongside addiction or mental health disorders need to be treated at the same time as addiction, in the same place, with the same treatment team. As you move through medical detox or residential levels of care, our team closely monitors all aspects of your health. Our continuing care plans also include recommendations for ongoing medical care and a focus on self-care practices related to your total wellness.
We match innovative and evidence-based treatment practices with medical care from providers who understand addiction. Our multidisciplinary team includes skilled nurses, psychiatrists, and medical doctors with addiction and behavioral health experience.
Contact Origins Behavioral HealthCare
Origins Behavioral HealthCare provides premier residential and outpatient addiction and behavioral health treatment for men and women of all ages. We have locations in Palm Beach County, Florida, and Dallas and South Padre Island, Texas, including specialized age- and gender-specific programming. Reach out to us today to learn more about our medical services and to find out how we can help you, your loved one, or your patient get the treatment necessary to achieve lifelong health, recovery, and fulfillment. Call us at 561-841-1296 to get started.