When people think of going to detox for drugs and alcohol, typically the obvious thing they think about is the process of detox and the medications used to help them go through detox with manageable withdrawal symptoms. For many, detox is simply a process of going through withdrawals while safely and effectively medicated, to stop using dangerous drugs and alcohol and reach a place of feeling physically better. And, in a general sense, it is.
However, detox is also a vital first step in what should be a long-term process of recovery and an on-going process of healing. Addiction, alcoholism, and substance use disorder is often a long and arduous journey undertaken by an individual against their will. They get caught up in the grips of addiction, as do their family members and loved ones, and most times cannot stop drinking or using, even when they want to do so. Therefore, to think of detox as simply a quick process of stopping using drugs and alcohol doesn’t necessarily take into account the many individuals who make up the comprehensive team that is there to treat, care for, and support the patient during their detox stay and help them find the necessary help and motivation to continue on in a personalized process of recovery from addiction.
Here at Innovo Detox, our team is comprised of many individuals and teams that come together to help each patient that walks through our doors, and every family member involved in that process. Here is the care team that works together to help patients through detox and take those first steps in early recovery:
The medical staff is typically what people think of when thinking about detox, and for good reason. It is the doctors and nurses that perform the vital direct care of patients, helping to access, diagnose, and treat them while they are at Innovo Detox. Our medical team is comprised of our Medical Director, a psychiatrist, and our nursing staff. That nursing staff is made up of our Director of Nursing, nurse practitioners, and general nursing staff, which includes certified registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.
The Innovo Detox clinical staff is the team of therapists and counselors that oversee the clinical work patients begin while in detox, including individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing counseling and support for both patients and their families. Our clinical staff is made up of our Clinical Supervisor and clinical counselors, including licensed clinical social workers, certified advanced addiction & drug counselors, and certified alcohol and drug counselors.
Recovery Support Staff
Here at Innovo Detox, our recovery support staff is the 24/7 support staff of Therapeutic Assistants (TA’s) who directly support and monitor patients. They are the staff, along with nursing, who help patients in the middle of the night when they are overwhelmed emotionally, as well as the staff often credited by patients for being able to connect with them on a human level as a person who has overcome addiction, as many of the recovery support staff are openly in recovery themselves. They have experienced all the things a patient is going through and are able to help them understand that they can get to the other side. They offer a type of peer recovery support necessary for patients to be able to feel like they are not alone. Our recovery support staff is comprised of our Director of Support Services, our Therapeutic Assistant Evening Supervisor, and the staff of therapeutic assistants.
Comprised of our Director of Admissions and three onsite admissions specialists, our admissions staff is both the first team someone speaks with when they call Innovo Detox, as well as an integral support system for patients, family members, employers, and EAP’s while the patient is in treatment. Admissions helps people navigate finding treatment, whether at Innovo or somewhere else, as well as the financial and insurance piece of paying for treatment, corresponds with insurance companies, works with clinical and medical while the patient is in treatment, and supports ongoing communication and collaboration with other outside agencies or organizations as part of the patient’s treatment stay.
Detox is just the first step in the journey of recovery. And while it is our job to safely, comfortably, and effectively detox our patients off drugs and alcohol, it is also our job to tell them the truth and not be a place where they can return to time and time again after a relapse. We know the longer a patient stays in a continuum of care and receives clinical treatment and support, the greater their chances will be at finding long-term recovery. We also know that a continuum of care looks different for each patient, based on their clinical needs as well as their life and their responsibilities. So, our Continuing Care Coordinator works with each patient and family, to support them in moving to and engaging in aftercare options. After detox, this can include some or several of the following: residential treatment or inpatient rehab, extended care treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP) or intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment, outpatient treatment, therapy, counseling, and/or psychiatry, stable living like a recovery house or sober home, sober coaching, peer recovery support, and community-based recovery support like 12-Step fellowships or SMART Recovery.
The Innovo Detox culinary experience is often one of the first things mentioned by patients as a highlight of their time at Innovo Detox. Our head chef and cook staff are known for providing nutritious meals for patients that will help them through the detox process, but also for making restaurant quality meals that are often missed by patients after they leave Innovo. Part of the brilliance of the culinary team is their ability to cater to the dietary needs of patients, and to keep menu options fun and memorable.
Any healthcare facility needs to run like a well-oiled machine, making sure that the employees are taken care of so they can do their job of delivering high quality, life-saving treatment to our patients. They have to handle the day-to-day operations, making sure compliance issues are addressed and up to par with both licensing and national accreditations standards, and overall ensure that Innovo Detox is the best can possibly be so that patients can get the best care possible and find recovery. Here at Innovo, our administrative team is comprised of our Executive Director, our Director of HR and Compliance, our Compliance Specialist, our HR Specialist, and our Office Manager, who is basically the glue that holds it all together.
Working together in synergy, it is each individual staff member at Innovo Detox and each team as a whole, that comprise a system of medical and healthcare professionals delivering the highest quality of detox and treatment for our patients suffering from addiction. We understand that detox is a vital piece of the treatment and recovery process, but it is simply the first step in what hopefully is a long-term, sustainable recovery for our patients that help them find health, happiness, and a new life full of the transcendent beauty of recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorders, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at [email protected]. For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at www.innovodetox.com.