Voluntary detox program now open and seeing patients
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — University Hospital & Clinics has re-established its medical detox program, which is now open and seeing patients. The former medical detox unit, which operated under the name of First Step, has been closed since February 2012, when State of Louisiana budget reductions forced its closure. This makes UHC Lafayette's only hospital-run inpatient medical detox facility.
"It's just another step in our transition plan, but also it's another way for us to continue to expand our patient base as we continue to try to rely less and less on the tax base and be able to provide services and stand on our own, if you will," says Jared Stark, UHC President/CEO.
The voluntary inpatient program will provide 24-hour medically supervised evaluation and treatment to eligible patients eighteen years or older. The mission of the program is to provide the "first step" in a patient's rehabilitation process by providing a safe, therapeutic detoxification experience while minimizing the painful effects of withdrawal. This will allow the patient to complete the remaining steps of their recovery and rehabilitation in a more comprehensive program at another facility.