New Vision’s medical stabilization takes place on location at Alton Memorial Hospital under the supervision of medical staff. The withdrawal stabilization lasts up to three days.
ALTON — Most people know someone affected by drugs and alcohol abuse. With the community in mind, New Vision plans to change that.
Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive, partnered with SpecialCare Hospital Management Corp. of St. Louis to offer the customized medical stabilization service known as New Vision.
Community Outreach Coordinator LaKeisha Adams said the method helps patients 18 and older start their path toward recovery from substance abuse by medically eliminating their dependency via supervised withdrawal stabilization.
“The New Vision method helps with safe withdrawal stabilization for people with addiction to alcohol, opiates including heroin; prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, and other derivatives,” Adams said.
Many factors affect when a person goes into withdrawal.
“A person can quickly become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Body type, frequency of use and quantity plays a role,” Adams said. “Addiction can be stopped, starting with safe and medically supervised withdrawal stabilization.”
Adams said although withdrawal varies from person to person, common signs and symptoms of unsupervised withdrawal include nausea, sweating, itching, body aches, insomnia and hypertension, to name a few.
New Vision’s medical stabilization takes place on location at the hospital under the supervision of medical staff. The withdrawal stabilization lasts up to three days.
“The worst time during the withdrawal is those first three days,” she said.
Alton Memorial’s health care team cares for the patient during the process.
“Our goal is to reduce the amounts of individuals in the area who are using drugs. That’s the beginning goal. Our end goal is to help the individuals of the community who are in need to live better lives,” Adams said.
For information, contact New Vision at (618) 433-6084.