WHEELING - When the Wheeling Treatment Center opened more than four years ago it specialized in treating opiate addiction.
The center recently expanded its services to treat patients who are addicted or have problems with all types of addiction, wherever they are in the progression of their disease.
Located just off the Dallas Pike exit of Interstate 70, the center offers outpatient services to area residents who voluntarily seek an end to their drug problems.
Wheeling Treatment Center is a subsidiary of the CRC Health Group, the largest addiction treatment provider in the nation. Chris Byers, clinic director of the Wheeling Treatment Center, stated it has been an ongoing goal of CRC to be able to offer a wider variety of services to those in need.
The Wheeling Treatment Center views addiction as a disease and attempts to treat it as such.
"The same principles come into play regardless of what the addiction is to," Byers said. "We use techniques that research has shown to be effective to treat the disease of addiction. Each person's disease is unique and this expansion just allows us to better serve our patients and the community at large. Some patients will only need counseling and behavioral modification; others will need medication support in addition to those other services."
The facility is an outpatient center, however it is affiliated with CRC and more than 30 inpatient treatment programs throughout the nation.
"If we assess a patient and we are not appropriate to provide care for them, we can utilize other facilities or agencies to provide the appropriate care for them, both within our CRC family and outside of it, which ever is right for the patient," Byers said.
The facility offers outpatient programs that are abstinent based and those that utilize pharmacological support for many forms of addiction.
All patients who come through the facility go through an assessment process to determine which programming tract gives them the best opportunity for long-term recovery.
The newest services at the facility are the "transitions" program and the abstinence based outpatient program.
The transitions program is a prescription based suboxone program.
Though the person receives a prescription, they still are required to participate in counseling which greatly increases their chance of success over prescription-only plans.
"In the transitions program we also can serve those who would benefit from medication support with some of the newer medications that are out to assist with alcoholism such as Campril or Vivatrol, which can be used to increase the likelihood of success," Byers said.
The outpatient counseling tract allows for assessment and development of a counseling regime to meet the individual patient's needs to maintain sobriety.
The facility continues to offer the four programming tracts it has in the past to treat opiate addiction specifically.
Short-term detox lasts 30 days and is generally for those going into another form of treatment, whether it is outpatient or residential, to increase the likelihood of compliance. Long-term detox which lasts 31 to 180 days allows a person to stabilize and detox at a slower rate, minimizing symptoms of withdraw.
Maintenance to abstinence and maintenance with either suboxone or methadone are longer term treatments that are adjusted to the individual's needs and are more intensive than the transitions program.