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September 7, 2007 - Addiction & Pain Services at MMH Celebrates 25 Years


By†Stephanie Johnson
After 25 years, and three name changes, Marietta Memorial Hospital continues to provide services to the chemically dependent population of Washington and surrounding counties.

Through the years there have been many changes in the field of chemical dependency treatment and MMH has certainly been part of that changing environment. The services started in 1983, as the Care Unit, a 21-30 day program operated in conjunction with CompCare America. This was a nationally based organization that specialized in inpatient treatment. During the early 1990ís managed care then became an integral part of behavioral health care and resulted in a reduction in the number of inpatient treatment options. In 1993 the MMH assumed management of the unit and the name was changed to The Center for Chemical Dependency Services.

During 12 of the next 14 years the center has been able to provide a continuum of care that includes inpatient detoxification, inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient therapy, outpatient services and alumni facilitated aftercare. Most recently services were extended to include pain management services. Subsequently, the name changed to Addiction and Pain Services. During this time period services have been provided to over 3200 patients not including family members.

The philosophy of the program has remained steady through all these changes, maintaining the disease concept of addiction, the impact of addiction on family members, the value of education, and the necessity of sober support through the 12 step programs: AA, NA, Al Anon as fundamental for recovery.

Marietta Memorial is a not-for-profit community hospital, providing healthcare outreach education throughout Washington County and surrounding communities.

Posted: 2007-09-07
CONTACT: Jennifer Offenberger,
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Marietta Memorial Hospital
Phone: 740-374-1797

 

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