Continued Connection Program
The Continued Connection Program began as a grant-funded program with one fulltime employee and has now expanded into an interdepartmental team that spans the entire hospital. Patients with a history of prior inpatient admissions receive comprehensive case management from one of our dedicated care coordinators, therapeutic services including intensive outpatient programs, early recovery groups, individual therapy and medical services, as well as randomized drug testing and comprehensive treatment groups. Participants also have access to an exclusive online educational portal wherein they will interact with podcasts, videos, message boards, clinical and educational documents, as well as tailored educational modules assigned to them based on their specific needs and strengths. The program works closely with each patient’s family, friends, recovery support and other providers in both goal setting and implementation to fully address the needs of the recovering person in terms of environment, behavior, psychology, physiology and social context.
Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery uses medication for the management and treatment of addiction. This may range from alcohol urge management medications and nicotine replacement to the use of buprenorphine and intramuscular naltrexone for the management of opioid use disorder. The care of our patients is individualized; because of this, generalized statements of how medications are implemented can be challenging. Our goal is careful translation of the best research into clinical practice to assist our patients in reaching their treatment goals.
At Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery, maintenance treatment with ongoing opioid substitution therapy with medications like buprenorphine may be approached differently than at other treatment centers. Maintenance therapy may not be suitable for patients that also have alcohol use disorder or sedative use disorder (patients on medications like Xanax, Ativan, Ambien and others) along with an active opioid use disorder.
Patients that have multiple addictions at the same time will need a higher level of engagement in a longitudinal abstinence-based monitoring program (please see section above on the Continued Connection Program).