Holistic multidisciplinary centers cover a variety of practices so patients can get

Holistic multidisciplinary centers cover a variety of practices so patients can get everything they need from one place. I would like to introduce a holistic multidisciplinary center for a substance abuse treatment. Substance abuse consists the overuse of alcohol and drugs such as prescription pills, cocaine, meth, heroin, etc. According to WebMD, people use these substances to get “high” believing that it will reduce their stress or getting away from their problems in life, but it only lasts for a short period of time. Some can use a certain drug once and will continue using to get that “high” they had the first time they tried it. This will lead to addiction, which is defined as a disease and means you cannot stop even when it causes harm. This why I would like to create a treatment center to help reduce and stop the use of drugs. There will be a 30, 60, and 90-day treatment plan which will be determined based on how severe the addiction is. Even when the addiction plan is over and a patient has a relapse, they are able to come back however many times need be. Patients will understand that the center is there to help and encourage them. As for the setting, I would like to place the center inside of a small abandoned mall, something similar to Courtland Center in Burton. I would like to get the mall updated and put multiple beds inside small stores so that patients can stay to work on themselves and get better. In each room, patients will have a small personal closet for their belongings and it will require a password code to prevent stealing. Women will room with women and men will room with men. At any time, a patient does not feel comfortable with their roommate, they can tell security and will be assigned a new room. There will be washer and dryer room therefore patients can clean their clothes. A bathroom will be added to each room and there will be janitors to keep the treatment center sanitary. Patients will be offered toiletries, shower shoes, and towels for free. There will be a 24-hour security team to keep the patients safe. The food court will be used as a cafeteria and different food options will be provided for the patients to choose what they would like to eat. In the department stores, disciplines/providers will be added such as nurse practitioners, detoxification specialists, life coaches, physical trainers, support groups, and a pharmacist with pharmacist assistants. These disciplines will help the patient on a better path to life. A nurse practitioner is essential for the substance abuse center because they would be able to do regular check-ups on patients. These check-ups would consist of patient assessments, pain management, monitoring the patient’s progress, and prescribing medications. The nurses will update the records of the patient and inform the patient’s family on how they are doing based on the patient’s permission. A detoxification specialist is needed for the patients who need substance abuse treatment for alcoholism. When going to this program they will take tests to see what type of help is needed which consists of blood work, talking about their drinking history, and checking physical and mental health for any symptoms. They will prescribe medicine to help with calming symptoms of anxiety, depression, changes in blood pressure, problems with sleep, and delirium tremens which is a life-threating issues that causes seizures, hallucinations, and restlessness. Life coaches are included to help patients identify their life goals and what they would like to accomplish after getting out of the treatment center. Patient’s will be assigned their life coach when they are signed up for the center and they will meet two times a week to discuss the patient’s life goals. With the patient’s permission, they can have counseling sessions with their families to understand how the patient developed substance abuse and can develop plans of how life can change once the patient comes home. A gym will be added to the substance abuse center because physical activity can reduce stress. Without the patient’s using alcohol or drugs as a stress reliever, patients can go and workout to relieve stress that way. Physical trainers will be available to guide patients to a healthier lifestyle by giving them workout plans and ways to eat healthy. Having a physical trainer will motivate the patient by helping them boost self-esteem and lead them down a healthier path when leaving the treatment center. Support groups are mandatory for the substance abuse treatment center because patients can listen to other patients going through the same thing their going through. This is the chance for them to meet new people, let them know that they are not alone, and help them learn how to ignore cravings of what their addicted to. A support group meeting will go on every evening and patients can go whenever they feel it is necessary. Lastly, a pharmacist will be added to distribute medications to the patients. Patients are only allowed the set amount of medication needed per day because medication can be a problem in substance abuse. This area of the treatment center will be extremely difficult to get into, unless they are the pharmacist or the pharmacist assistant, just in case patients feel the need to break in to steal medications. Having these many disciplines in the same place will mean they will have to come together and give the patients their necessities. The nurse practitioner and detoxification specialist will work together to prescribe medications. They both will have to agree on medications that will calm the patient’s symptoms. When the nurse practitioner and detoxification specialist prescribe the medications, they will send them to the pharmacist to fill the prescription. The pharmacist will give the patient information on what medication they will be taking and what time to come and take it. The pharmacist assistant role is to label and keep the medications organized. Life coaches, support groups, and physical trainers have their own responsibilities. I believe these disciplines are the best choice for a substance abuse multidisciplinary practice because every provider/discipline that is involved should be passionate to helping the patients to get clean. The nurse practitioner can educate the patient and their family about the danger of substance abuse. They monitor the patients progress inside of the center and can tell if a patient has been doing wrong. The detoxification specialist can help speed the detoxification process. They help remove left over drug toxins from the body and it helps remove the desire to do the drug(s) when they leave the center. Life coaches can help raise the patient’s self-esteem and let them know there is light at the end of the tunnel. They are there to help the patient have positive vibes and give them solutions on how to stay clean. Like said before, working out can reduce stress. The physical trainers can motivate patients to keep working to get stronger in their mind and muscles. Support groups are useful so patients can know that they are not alone and there is always someone there to listen. Most likely, medications will be needed to treat addiction. The pharmacist will be able to distribute these medications in the center correctly, without the center employees distributing them. If people would like to get help, then they should know where to get help. I will advertise on the radio, television, billboards, newspapers, and social media. All of these advertisements will display the address and phone number to the center so patients will start their consultation. I would like to make pamphlets and put them in doctor offices and pharmacies since using prescription drugs are a problem in substance abuse. There will be a website created to give the background of the center, what the center strives for, displays pictures of what each discipline area looks like, and it describes why each discipline is there. There are more disciplines/providers that could be added to make the center more proficient. For some patients, they may feel that they do not to be in a rehab center they are just there because a judge sent them there or because their family sent them there. If this is the case, interventionists could be added because they make the patient realize that they need help. With an intervention specialist, patients and their families will meet to discuss the patient’s problem. They will be educated on drug and alcohol abuse and why the patient cannot just stop on their own. Everyone has to listen and follow why the treatment will be a work of progress for the patient. Patients might prefer fun activities to do and not things that just focus on substance abuse treatment. I would like to add a fun center that would include an arcade, bowling, billiards tables, and karaoke machines. Interacting with other people and having fun with them can help take their mind off that they are in an addiction center. Patients might not like having a nurse practitioner inside of the center because for some they already see their own physician or nurse practitioner outside of the center and others may fear physicians or nurse practitioners altogether

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