Hampton, Va. — A revitalized community-based detox and substance abuse treatment program at Riverside Behavioral Health Center will focus on primary steps needed to help people achieve a lifetime of recovery.

“Our goal is to help stabilize folks during the actual detox process,” said Stacey Johnson, Executive Director of Riverside Behavioral Health Center. “When they come here, they will work with a provider, therapist and case manager who will meet with them on a daily basis. Additionally, the patient will have nursing support 24-7.”

Detox from alcohol and substance abuse is not new at Riverside, detox services have been offered to patients with a co-occurring mental health disorder. Riverside is now opening its doors to anyone wanting to focus solely on detox.

Detox patients will work with multiple staff members, including a Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioners, Patient Care Technicians, Care Managers and Therapists.

“Everyone who comes in receives an individualized treatment plan to stabilize them and set them up for the next steps,” Johnson said.

In some cases, further inpatient or residential care may be necessary, while for others, outpatient care may be recommended.

It’s all case-by-case, of course,” said Gary Davis, Director of Operations at Riverside Behavioral Health Center.

An increase of alcohol sales and drug overdoses likely related to the stresses, isolation and economic distress associated with COVID-19 continues to impact community residents, Johnson said.

“We want to help and meet the needs of the community,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot of requests for these services. Our goal is for patients to find a path to recovery.”

Patients enter the voluntary program after undergoing an admissions screening based on guidelines established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Average length of stay is three to five days.

Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, military insurance and self-payment are accepted. Admissions screenings are available 24/7 by calling the Admission Department at 757-827-3119.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center is located at 2244 Executive Drive in Hampton and offers a comprehensive range of behavioral health programs on the Virginia Peninsula, including acute care for adolescents and adults, crisis assessment and residential treatment for adolescents.

Published: September 25, 2020