In response to the growing drug and alcohol abuse epidemic in the region, Inspira Health Center Bridgeton will open a brand new inpatient Acute Medical Detoxification and Addiction Treatment unit. A ribbon cutting celebration was held recently, and the unit is expected to open in mid-July.
Located at Inspira Health Center Bridgeton, this is a voluntary Acute Care unit positioned on the second floor of the health center. Spanning 9,287 square feet, it features six single occupancy and seven double occupancy rooms for a total of twenty beds. Services will include detoxification and substance abuse counseling; medication management and education; group and individual counseling; wellness planning and individualized treatment care plans; and referral, advocacy and service linkages. The new unit will be under the medical direction of Bruce Kaplan, M.D.
“This new center, the first of its kind in New Jersey south of Princeton, will help individuals take the first step on the difficult road to recovery,” said John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health Network. “The great team we have assembled will do all they can to ensure that each person is connected with the necessary support and services they need after their brief stay here.”
“Our goal is to promote a safe environment that promotes positive change while also empowering patients to take a proactive role in their own recovery,” said Dave Moore, executive director of Behavioral Health Services at Inspira Health Network.
Inspira’s Medical Detoxification and Addiction Treatment Unit is part of a comprehensive strategy to fight the war on drugs in South Jersey. Last fall, Inspira began distributing free Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches throughout the community. These pouches offer a safe and effective way to dispose of unwanted prescription medications, eliminating the chance of misuse or abuse. To date, more than 30,000 pouches have been distributed.
Additionally, Inspira provides free Narcan to law enforcement in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties. This drug saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin or opioid-based narcotics overdose. Additionally, patients being treated for an overdose are seen in the Emergency Departments at Inspira’s Vineland and Bridgeton locations by substance use disorder navigators and case management personnel to provide non-clinical assistance in guiding patients into substance abuse treatment.
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