Substance use disorder care in Wisconsin | Ascension
Addiction medicine specialists at Ascension Wisconsin sites of care treat substance use disorders and addictions.

Get care for substance use disorder and addiction

Get treatment for opioid and alcohol dependency from experienced AODA counselors at Ascension Wisconsin in SE Wisconsin and the Fox Valley.

If you are concerned about substance use or chemical dependency for yourself or a loved one, it’s OK to ask for help. Reaching out for help for opioid dependency or other addiction is an important step that takes courage when you or a loved one is struggling.

Ascension Wisconsin is a leader in the delivery of advanced care for substance use disorders and addictions. At Ascension Wisconsin sites of care in Southeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley, you and your loved ones receive personalized care and support through dedicated treatment centers fully staffed by mental health professionals who specialize in the care and treatment of substance use disorders and addictions in adults and teens::

  • Addiction care specialists provide options for care from intensive inpatient to partial day programs with individual counseling and group therapy.
  • Care teams at Ascension Wisconsin hospitals and ERs are prepared for any type of mental health emergency and substance use crisis.

Care for the whole person

When you choose Ascension Wisconsin, you get a specialist and care team who focus on treating the whole you – including your physical or mental health. And your doctor is part of a national team of mental health professionals, sharing best practices and research. You and your loved ones can get the advanced care you need for conditions, including:

  • Alcoholism
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Opioid dependency on medications
  • Other addictions — gambling, internet and gaming, sex, and shopping
  • Substance use and addiction care, including illegal substances

Comprehensive care for addiction

From your first consultation and throughout your ongoing care, a team of doctors and caregivers specializing in addiction medicine care for you or your loved one. You will receive supportive, personalized care in a compassionate and judgment-free environment to help you feel as comfortable as possible. Our addiction medicine doctors and care teams focus on abstinence, education and relapse prevention tools to help improve your overall health and well-being.

You will be connected to our opioid dependency treatment program AODA counselor for an assessment. Our programs are customized for teens and adults, including:

  • 24/7 mental health emergency care
  • Adolescent substance use program
  • Behavioral health counseling for individuals and families
  • Inpatient addiction recovery programs
  • Partial-day treatment programs
  • Case management and follow-up care

Experienced addiction specialists at Ascension Wisconsin emergency care locations southeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley provide substance use assessments and opioid dependency treatment options. To access the Ascension Wisconsin Opioid Dependency Treatment Program:

1.   Go to an Ascension ER or get a referral from an outside agency.

2.   We'll connect you with an AODA counselor for an initial assessment

3.   Your care team at Ascension Wisconsin sites of care will provide a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

a.   Suboxone® treatment with detox symptom management: Suboxone treatment is a once-a-day dose and gradually eliminates withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This medication does not cause extreme highs and lows like other medications. Our goal is to help promote long-term recovery and reduce your risk for relapse. We provide follow-up care while tapering off Suboxone to monitor for relapse and provide substance use counseling, case management, patient education and caregiver support.

At every visit, your doctor and care team start by listening to understand you, so your care and recovery plan is customized for your health needs on an ongoing basis. The latest addiction recovery techniques are used, including medication, detox therapies and behavioral therapy to help reduce cravings, support withdrawal symptoms and prevent a relapse. And the dots for your care are connected with advanced treatments, supportive recovery programs and follow-up care for your overall health and well-being.


Care for related mental health conditions

Being diagnosed with a mental health condition also increases your risk for a substance use disorder. At Ascension Wisconsin, we care for and treat all types of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. For example, sometimes a person may have both alcohol use disorder and depression. Substance use may be a challenge more frequently for people who have been diagnosed with certain mental health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders, including PTSD
  • Depression, also called mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia

At Ascension Wisconsin, we offer hope for those struggling with mental illnesses, delivering the personalized care and support you need.

Suicide and crisis lifeline

No matter what problems you're dealing with, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call or text 988 or chat to connect with trained crisis counselors. It's confidential, free, and available 24/7. If you or a loved one is experiencing an immediate life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.

24/7 care for a mental health emergency

Quickly recognizing the signs that you or a loved one is experiencing moderate to severe mental or emotional distress is the first step in getting necessary care. For emergencies, including severe mental health distress and suspected substance overdose, ERs at our hospitals are open 24/7.


If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 911.

Frequently asked questions about substance use and addiction care