Spectrum Health Systems is now providing clients with medication-assisted treatment services at its new outpatient clinic in Sanford, Maine. The 69 Eagle Drive address is Spectrum's first outpatient clinic located outside of Massachusetts, as well as the first opioid addiction treatment clinic in York County, Maine.
“By increasing access to treatment services, we are able to assist more individuals in achieving sobriety, sustaining recovery, and fulfilling personal goals so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives,” said Kristin Nolan, Spectrum’s executive director for outpatient services. “In addition, with better access to treatment, local public services such as costly emergency, trauma and urgent care centers and hospitals can be used more efficiently and effectively,” added Nolan.
Spectrum’s outpatient clinics provide counseling and medication-assisted treatment to the rising number of individuals addicted to heroin and other opioid drugs, such as OxyContin and hydrocodone. The abuse of these drugs is reaching epidemic proportions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there has been a 430 percent increase in the rate of treatment admissions for the abuse of prescription pain relievers among those 12 and older in the U.S. over a 10-year period.
Through its holistic approach, Spectrum’s medication-assisted treatment program addresses the varied aspects of each client’s personal well-being. All clients receive a complete medical evaluation, medical monitoring, daily onsite medication dispensing, a comprehensive clinical assessment, individualized treatment planning, educational services, and individual, group and/or family counseling.
Active treatment planning and support services are designed to help ensure sustained recovery. The core of Spectrum’s treatment approach is client education and a cognitive-behavioral group therapy curriculum that fully supports client involvement in community self-help recovery groups.
The Sanford clinic will soon offer same-day admissions according to a set schedule. The same-day admission process allows clients to complete the intake, physical exam, and toxicology requirement on the same day and, if appropriate, clients may also receive their first dose of medication.
For admissions information, please call 1.800.464.9555 ext. 1161.