Individuals of all ages and from all walks of life can be affected by substance use disorders. A substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex health condition that can mentally, physically and emotionally affect someone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a substance use disorder occurs when the repeated usage of alcohol and or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability and failure to meet obligations at work, school or home. A substance use disorder is severe, but there is hope — this illness is treatable, and people recover from it.
At Seneca Health Services, we provide a holistic approach to substance use and mental health treatment. We begin each episode of treatment with an individual assessment by a qualified behavioral health clinician, and we personalize our patients’ care, so they receive proper treatment. Read on to learn more about the specialized substance use disorder services Seneca Health Services provides that can help you or a loved one.
At Seneca Health Services, we provide medical services such as psychiatric evaluation, evaluation and management services for medications to treat mental health and substance use disorders. Our psychiatric medical staff specializes in mental health and substance use. Their passion for treating our patients influences our team and ensures a “whole-person” approach to care. Because our medical providers are part of the Seneca staff, they interact with our other professionals such as therapists, case managers and peer recovery specialists each day.
In addition to our outpatient medical services, our medical staff serves our residential treatment programs, Crosswinds Center, a short-term residential treatment program located in Maxwelton, West Virginia, and Recovery Ridge, a substance use residential treatment program located in Summersville, West Virginia. Residential treatment can help people with serious substance use disorders, like those who have been unable to get and stay sober, and are best for people who do not have stable living or employment and or have limited to no family support.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-person” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. At Seneca Health Services, we provide MAT in our intensive outpatient or inpatient programs to individuals struggling with substance use disorders. Our qualified medical professionals provide assessment and medication treatment when appropriate and can treat co-occurring conditions like mood or anxiety disorders.
MAT provides the following benefits:
- Improves an individual’s success
- Increases retention in treatment sessions
- Increases an individual’s chance of receiving and maintaining employment
- Decreases an individual’s substance use
- Decreases the likelihood of relapse
- Heals physical changes in the brain
- Blocks the euphoric effects of substances
- Relieves cravings
Behavioral therapy services seek to change behaviors, thoughts, emotions and how people see and understand situations. At Seneca Health Services, child, adolescent and adult patients can receive counseling services. The sessions may be individual, family or group-based, as needed. A certified and licensed therapist will guide the interactions in a setting that encourages reflection, accountability, empathy and positive communication skills. Our therapists work in conjunction with our psychiatric medical providers if medications are needed.
Therapy provides individuals with the following additional benefits:
- Foster personal growth
- Build positive peer pressure
- Keep commitments
- Follow a routine
Peer Recovery Services
Individuals who receive substance use treatment may require additional after-care treatment like peer recovery support. At Seneca Health Services, we have multiple Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) that have experienced substance use treatment themselves. Our PRSS’s know first hand what you are going through and are ready to listen to you and support you.
Our Peer Recovery Support Specialists work to:
- Remove barriers and obstacles to recovery by serving as a personal guide
- Enter into an ongoing mentoring relationship that helps those who are in recovery from substance use disorders
- Help produce extraordinary results in patient’s lives
- Provide information and support
- Provide education of available treatment options
- Assist individuals in accessing preferred treatment
- Provide encouragement, hope and inspiration
- Offer support in meeting basic needs, developing relapse prevention plans and developing coping
You can learn more about one of our Peer Recovery Support Specialists, Rick Martin, and the inspiring work he does every day here.
We Can Help You| Seneca Health Services
If you cannot stop thinking about alcohol or drugs or have experienced a relapse, you should contact one of our trained behavioral health professionals. Reaching out is hard, but we want you to know that our team of psychiatrists, medical providers, social workers, therapists, nurses, case managers and other professional staff at Seneca Health Services are here to help. You are not alone. We will listen to you, support you and will not provide any more or less treatment than what is needed.
We offer crisis assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Our community engagement coordinators are familiar with the warning signs of many behavioral health challenges and provide prevention assistance for those struggling with suicidal ideations, severe substance use disorders and more. Initial crisis services are free and confidential. If you have any questions or need to reach a trained crisis professional, please do not hesitate to contact the Seneca office nearest you.
Greenbrier County, West Virginia: (304) 497-0500
Nicholas County, West Virginia: (304) 872-2659
Pocahontas County, West Virginia: (304) 799-6865
Webster County, West Virginia: (304) 847-5425