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Wood County Unified Services Outpatient is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. We focus on both mental health and wellness as a part of substance abuse rehabilitation, including dual-diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Wood County Unified Services provides inpatient substance abuse treatment (residential short term), partial hospitalization treatment, and outpatient treatment. Our outpatient treatment program provides Medication Assisted Treatment with methadone.
Our patients can self-pay, or pay through private insurance, Access to Recovery Vouchers, military insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. Call our office for more information, to make sure that you are eligible, and to find out about available payment plans.
Medication Assisted Treatment is a therapeutic approach to opiate addiction that utilizes medications such as methadone to stabilize patients, relieving symptoms of withdrawal and drug cravings, in conjunction with mental and behavioral health interventions such as counseling services. Wood County Unified Services provides dual diagnosis treatment to discover and address any co-occurring mental health disorders that may have prompted substance abuse and may be perpetuating addictive behaviors.
We understand that addiction is not a choice. It is a chronic disease that requires expert treatment to manage, much like other chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes. The qualified, compassionate staff at Wood County Unified Services is dedicated to providing expert treatment to help our patients break the cycle of addiction and free themselves from the burden of substance abuse.
At Wood County Unified Services, our modern, comfortable facility provides a welcoming clinical environment where patients who want to overcome an addiction to opiates such as prescription analgesics and heroin can receive quality Medication Assisted Treatment.
Medication Assisted Treatment is both a decades old, proven treatment approach to substance abuse, as well as the best available, most current and effective form of addiction treatment available. Medication Assisted Treatment combines therapies such as individual, group and family counseling with behavioral interventions and opiate replacement medications like methadone. Wood County Unified Services saves lives by giving our patients the treatment they need to overcome the terrible cycle of suffering and using that has been dominating their lives for so long.
Methadone detox and methadone maintenance treatment stabilizes patient brain chemistry, relieving their drug cravings and the often debilitating symptoms of opiate withdrawal that so often lead recovering addicts to relapse and start using again. Once their brains and bodies have achieved stability, patients at Wood County Unified Services experience improved functioning in all areas of life, both personal and professional. They are also better equipped to apply themselves to the work of self-discovery and change promoted by counseling sessions, and to learn the necessary behavioral techniques to support recovery and avoid relapse.
The caring staff at Wood County Unified Services understands that addiction is not a choice or a weakness, but a chronic, progressive, relapsing disease that requires ongoing management similar to other chronic diseases such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes. Our facility and treatment program is structured around this knowledge, creating a respectful environment conducive to addiction recovery and overall health and wellbeing.
Wood County Unified Services provides Medication Assisted Treatment, an addiction rehabilitation approach that integrates opiate replacement medications with other therapies like family, group, and individual counseling.
Methadone treatment combats the physical side of addiction, giving our patients the strength to benefit from the counseling sessions provided by Wood County Unified Services. The three main types of counseling are family, group, and individual counseling, and all are invaluable ways for recovering addicts to work through all aspects of their substance abuse problem, while making changes to support long term recovery success.
Patients in individual counseling work with qualified addiction specialists in one on one sessions, where they can focus on issues that are specific to them. Wood County Unified Services counselors can help diagnose and explore any co-occurring mental or behavioral health issues that may be contributing to substance abuse. For example, many individuals start using drugs to self-medicate undiagnosed or untreated psychological issues such as bipolar, anxiety, or depression. Many people with undiagnosed or untreated behavioral health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also turn to drugs to self-medicate. Patients cannot achieve long term sobriety and health until they confront and work on the underlying aspects of addiction.
Family therapy is another essential component of recovery success at Wood County Unified Services. Family does not have to always be defined as blood relation. Any person who is part of the recovering addict’s support network is encouraged to participate in family counseling, especially if they live with, or frequently interact with the patient. Family therapy can help loved ones work through hurt feelings related to substance abuse, resolve interpersonal conflicts, and improve overall communication. Most importantly, family therapy counselors work with patients and their loved ones to create a better system of support that can be used at home, in the patient’s daily life, so that their home environment is more conducive to maintaining recovery success.
Group therapy provides a welcoming, validating space where recovering addicts can share experiences, learn from each other, and benefit from both the giving and receiving of support. Studies have shown that both sides of the group therapy dynamic—giving and receiving—are equally useful for recovery progress. Group therapy gives patients a stronger sense of community, and reminds them that they are not alone. It also helps them to shed feelings of shame by teaching them how to be open about their substance abuse in a warm, accepting environment of people who really understand and connect with their experience.
Addiction Support Groups like AA or NA are another invaluable resource, both while patients are in rehabilitative treatment, and to support recovery after patients are discharged from Wood County Unified Services. These groups are similar to the kinds of group therapy provided in substance abuse treatment programs, except they are usually not led by a counselor. These groups are free of charge, and the only requirements for becoming a member is a desire to give and receive support and to live a life without substance abuse.
At Wood County Unified Services, we are committed to rebuilding and improving the mental health and wellness of individuals struggling to overcome opiate addiction. We do this by combining methadone maintenance treatment with dual-diagnosis expertise and counseling. This kind of Medication Assisted Treatment is widely accepted as the best possible approach to opiate addiction rehabilitation.
Methadone has been effectively used in opiate addiction treatment for over fifty years, but it is not a cure-all for addiction. Through numerous scientific studies and experience gleaned by addiction specialists actively working in substance abuse rehabilitation programs, it has been found that methadone maintenance works best when it is combined with intensive counseling services—and conversely, counseling is most effective when it is provided in conjunction with methadone maintenance.
Wood County Unified Services first stabilizes patients with the appropriate daily dose of methadone, relieving symptoms of withdrawal and opiate drug cravings. After this, patients are in a much better space to engage with the rest of substance abuse treatment. This treatment usually involves individual, family, and group counseling, as well as behavioral interventions to help patients learn new ways of thinking about substance abuse and new ways of responding to life stressors, conflicts, and trigger situations.
At Wood County Unified Services, we provide dual diagnosis treatment. This means our addiction specialists are trained to help patients uncover and work through any co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorders that need to be addressed for full recovery. Treating these underlying conditions will help patients reach a never before experienced level of healthy functioning, creating improvements across all aspects of life.
Addictions create profound physical and mental changes that reinforce addictive behaviors. Opiate abuse actually alters the brain’s reward center. Opiates stimulate the release of unnaturally large amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with movement, emotion, motivation, and pleasure. Our brains use dopamine as a reward to train us to repeat survival behaviors like eating and having sex. The amount of dopamine released by opiates such as heroin create such an unnaturally potent degree of reward that the user is almost instantly trained to prioritize substance abuse as if it were essential to their survival.
In reaction to such unnatural floods of dopamine, the brain both reduces the overall amount of dopamine it produces, and shuts down some of the opiate receptors that receive the neurotransmitter. This results in dysthymia, a persistent state of low energy and mood that leaves addicts unable to enjoy much of anything, including their opiate drug of choice. This drives them to continually increase their dosages, not to get high anymore, but to simply normalize enough to function in daily life.
This chain of events is what makes methadone maintenance treatment so essential to recovery success. Wood County Unified Services treats the altered brain, giving patients time to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally, and to make the necessary behavioral and life changes to achieve and maintain recovery from opiate abuse.
The experienced, knowledgeable staff at Wood County Unified Services is dedicated to helping Wisconsinites overcome addictions to opiates like heroin and prescription pain medications. We encourage an environment of mutual respect that benefits both patients and staff. All patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment will be under the supervision of a qualified physician, who will oversee their progress and adjust dosage as needed.
Most patients will undergo methadone maintenance for at least a year, sometimes longer. This is needed because working through all sides of addictive behavior takes a long-term commitment and lots of hard work. Taking patients off methadone therapy too soon can destabilize them, making them vulnerable to relapse.
When the time comes for patients at Wood County Unified Services to transition off methadone maintenance treatment, the decision will be made through a collaborative effort between patient, doctor and counselor. Only after everyone agrees that the patient is ready for this step will the doctor create a plan to slowly and carefully taper the dosage of methadone until the patient stops taking it altogether. Patients will be closely monitored throughout this process, much like they are monitored throughout methadone maintenance treatment.
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