What is addiction?
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Addiction is progressive and like other chronic diseases, often involves cycles of relapse and remission and can result in disability or premature death.
What leads to addiction?
Genetic factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Environmental factors interact with the person’s biology and affect the extent to which genetic factors exert their influence. Culture also plays a role in how a person with biological vulnerabilities progresses to addiction.
When should someone seek treatment?
As soon as you recognize any of these signs of addiction in yourself or someone you love:
a. Inability to consistently abstain from drugs and/or alcohol
b. Impairment in behavioral control
c. Craving; or increased “hunger” for drugs
or rewarding experiences
d. Inability to recognize significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships
e. A dysfunctional emotional response
Once addicted, a person no longer has control over his or her life. The addiction drives every aspect of that individual’s life. To regain control, one must choose to seek help to overcome addiction.
What is the UH Portage Medical Support Program?
This is a voluntary program to treat the withdrawal symptoms of drugs and alcohol in an inpatient medical setting. We treat addiction as a chronic disease and medically stabilize patients.
What type of substances can the Medical Support Program help a patient with? This program provides a safe medical stabilization setting for those who find themselves dependent on:
• Opiates (heroin, Oxycontin®)
• Prescription drugs
• A combination of substances
Can addiction be treated successfully?
Yes. Addiction is a treatable disease. However, addiction is a complex disease that affects brain function and behavior with no single treatment being right for everyone. We offer an individualized treatment plan which involves a three-step process:
EVALUATION This process includes lab testing, obtaining a history and performing a physical examination. A patient’s overall physical condition is important in developing a unique plan of care.
STABILIZATION Supervised in a safe medical setting, this period allows the patient to recover from the acute effects of the drug or alcohol and undergo withdrawal. Medications are given to help with the major withdrawal symptoms. Getting the patient past the worst phases of withdrawal is the goal.
FOLLOW-UP CARE The final step is arranging for follow-up care and treatment for the patient’s addiction.
How long will a patient stay in the hospital
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center provides a safe and anonymous admission to the Medical Support Program. The typical length of stay and time for stabilization is three days before a patient is able to go home and attend outpatient treatment. The inpatient stay includes the initial assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning specific to the patient’s needs.
What happens after a patient leaves?
Upon discharge, our licensed clinical staff will connect patients with local resources to help them sustain a new lifestyle, free from addiction. Our staff will continue to follow up with patients to monitor progress and provide on-going support.
Does insurance cover the Medical Support Program?
Yes. Currently we are accepting commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid.
We take addiction seriously. If you or someone you love suffers from substance abuse, we can help.
Take the first step to overcoming addiction by calling the UH Portage Medical Support
Program at 1-844-541-2087.
Written by Lynn Novelli
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center has expanded its medical staff to better serve the community with the addition of specialists in cardiology, cancer, digestive diseases and pediatrics.
“Besides the passion I have to help people overcome drug and alcohol addiction, I want to conquer the preconceived notions surrounding addiction and those affected by the disease. I strongly believe, that in order to properly and effectively treat addiction, one must understand it from a medical perspective.”
RENEE KLARIC, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
PROGRAM MANAGER, MEDICAL SUPPORT PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PORTAGE MEDICAL CENTER
Renee has spent most of her career improving the services that patients receive in diverse healthcare markets, both as a practitioner and a businessperson. Her experience in program implementation has led her to this opportunity to combine her skills and knowledge in offering a new and much needed avenue for treating the chronic disease of addiction.
EMMANUEL C. OKAFOR, MD, MPH
is a specialist in digestive diseases with UH Portage Gastroenterology. His special interests are colon cancer prevention and treatment and management of chronic hepatitis. Dr. Okafor earned his medical degree from the University of Nigeria College of Medicine, Nsukka, Nigeria, and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Okafor is board certified in gastroenterology and hematology.
For more information on UH Portage Gastroenterology or to make an appointment, please call 330-297-6060.
ANJAN GUPTA, MD
is a cardiologist with the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Portage Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive (non-surgical) procedures for the treatment of heart and vascular disease, including treatment of peripheral artery disease and blocked blood vessels in the legs and arms.
Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree from the University of Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India. He served his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Gupta is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology, echocardiography and endovascular medicine.
For an appointment with Dr. Gupta, please call 330-297-6110.
Written by Malavanh Rassavong
JASON TATKA, DO
is a pediatrician with UH Portage Pediatrics. He practices general pediatrics and has special interest in the care of newborn infants, behavioral medicine in children (psychology), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, concussions in children and adolescents and sports medicine.
Dr. Tatka received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Downer’s Grove, Illinois. He served a residency in pediatrics at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Illinois, and completed his training with a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal (newborn) medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois. He is board certified in pediatrics.
To make an appointment with Dr. Tatka, please call 330-297-5777.
DAVID LY, MD
is a radiation oncologist with UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Portage Medical Center. His special interests are breast cancer, cancer of the brain and spinal cord and complex radiation therapy procedures, including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery.
Dr. Ly received his medical degree from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He served a residency in radiation oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by a clinical research fellowship in radiation oncology with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Ly is board certified in radiation oncology. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Vietnamese.
For more information on UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Portage Medical Center, please call 330-235-7081.