BY MELANIE WADE –
Mena Regional Health System has partnered with New Vision, a medically supervised withdrawal management service, to provide a medically supported detox program to the area. “There is a huge need,” said MRHS Administrator Jay Quebedeaux. “We think it will do extremely well here.”
The program will provide a hospital setting where alcohol or drug addicted persons can voluntarily admit themselves and receive medical assistance to lessen the symptoms of withdrawals, which can many times be physically painful. “It’s a medical issue,” Quebedeaux explained. “It needs to be handled in a hospital setting.” In the program, the patient would be admitted into the hospital just as anyone else with any other ailment. Once there, they will be under the supervision of a medical doctor and nursing staff. The patient’s stay would last from 3 – 5 days and New Vision offers assistance getting into a continued care recovery program, such as long-term detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab, an important ‘next step’ for anyone trying to rehabilitate. It is also easier to be accepted by a long-term facility if a person has gone through a detox program.
Persons addicted to alcohol, benzoids, or opioids, may qualify for the program and most insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare will pay for the treatment. MRHS is also an Oklahoma medical provider, extending their coverage area – there are only two other New Vision programs in Arkansas, one in Van Buren and one in Searcy. According to Rehabs.com, “Detoxification is the first phase of substance abuse recovery. It involves a period of time after your last drink that you dedicate to ridding all of the alcohol or toxins in your body so that you can begin treatment with a clean slate. As detox progresses, withdrawal symptoms may become life-threatening, so professional medical monitoring is often necessary in many cases of abuse and dependency. Once you are clean, recovery can begin.”
“That could include Alcoholics Anonymous, counseling, or a long-term rehabilitation center,” said Quebedeaux. “People are starting to see how important this is,” he added. “We are excited to have the program.”
The New Vision program hopes to begin accepting patients on August 29. For more information, contact Mena Regional Health System at 479-394-6100.