RCBM Substance Abuse & Addiction Program
Our Substance Abuse Dependency Program has been established to help the care of individuals struggling with addiction and the abuse of opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol. We are dedicated to helping those patients who have exhausted all options of treatment and are seeking help to recovery. RCBM offers a unique approach to work with these individuals because we understand that addiction is a disease and with the right tools and support, we can help patients find solutions. Our primary goals for treatment include:
Joel Young, MD and Aliya Pasik, PA-C lead of the Substance Abuse Dependency Program initiative at RCBM. Our team has a specialized background in the treatment and care of those suffering from addiction and abuse. RCBM is very dedicated to treating substance abuse disorders and mental illness, and feels that giving someone the gift of sobriety is one of the greatest gifts you can give a person struggling with chronic addiction. Establishing a trusting relationship with patients is a high priority and RCBM believes that the key to success is ensuring that patients feel very comfortable with at all times. Dr. Young oversees the program and is present in the care of each patient alongside the personalized treatment plan which involves 4 steps.
- 1. Tapering off to Opiate-free by the end of treatment
- 2. Minimizing the use of benzodiazepines
- 1. The first step in the Substance Abuse Dependency Program is to make an appointment with one of the members of our team. At that first appointment, the patient will explain to Aliya the details of the substance abuse and addiction that brings them to RCBM seeking a treatment plan.
- 2. For the second step, the patient will be scheduled to do a psychological evaluation and screening through our established process. This will give Aliya and Dr. Young a better indication of the presenting issues along with any historical information that could assist them in a treatment plan.
- 3. The third step involves results from the psychological screening and analyzing the data with Aliya for a personalized treatment plan. Depending on the type of substance abuse, specific medications will be prescribed for treatment. Some may include:
- 1. Campral™ -- to help control cravings
- 2. Vivitrol™ -- a new injectable medication with 30 days of coverage
- 3. Antabuse™ -- a powerful deterrent to drinking
- 4. Suboxone™--a medication for the treatment of opioid dependence
- 4. The fourth and final step includes continuation of care with all clinicians involved. Aliya will suggest an appropriate schedule for returning appointments for receival of medication. Dr. Young and Aliya will collaborate on the necessity of a therapist or addiction coach to help assist during the treatment duration at RCBM. Dr. Young and Aliya will also consult with the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) on the treatment plan as well so all parties involved are well-informed and have knowledge of the patient status. Prior to every visit, we will also run a MAPS (Michigan Automated Prescription System) to make sure the patient is not receiving opiates or benzodiazepines from another provider. The safety of our patients is of the most importance, so we must ensure that patients are following the treatment plan.
The goal of the Substance Abuse Dependency Program at RCBM is to offer a lifeline to patients suffering from addiction of opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol. Our comprehensive program will give patients the structure and support they need to find a treatment option that is customized to their addiction. Take control of the addiction. Do not wait for the legal system to take control of it. This program is being offered as an option to change the course of an addiction-led life.