Collaborative Effort Between Burke & Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas Fills Critical Service Gap
(Lufkin, Texas – October 5, 2015) A new short-term medical detoxification program for people addicted to alcohol, prescription medication and/or illegal drugs is now available in Lufkin. This voluntary, in-patient program provides medical safeguards to individuals undergoing symptoms of withdrawal.The program is a partnership between Burke and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC) and will serve individuals Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity or Tyler counties. Staffed with physicians, nurses, ADAC counselors and other healthcare professionals, the program will help individuals overcome their chemical dependency in a safe and supportive environment.
The program will be housed at Burke’s Mental Health Emergency Center in Lufkin. Initial screening and intake will be managed by ADAC.
“The East Texas community has been without a detoxification program for many years,” said Jake Squiers, chief operating officer at Burke. “This program provides a reliable, local option for people as they are stabilized from substance dependency.”
Having local service options is important. First, it removes the hardship of traveling out of town for treatment, increasing the odds that those in need will seek help. Further, it leverages the service organizations already in place.
“ADAC is involved from the initial screening and assessment, through the detoxification program and the transition to ongoing outpatient treatment,” said Phyllis Grandgeorge, executive director of ADAC. “This affords continuity of care that previously was not possible.”
The program will manage up to four patients at a time, and Burke estimates that each patient stay will last between three to seven days.
For more information or to begin an initial screening for the program, call ADAC at 936.634.5753 or 800.445.8562.
Burke provides award-winning mental health and developmental disability services across a twelve county region of East Texas. Learn more at myburke.org. Media contact: Colin Rowan, 512-799-6400, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas’ provides a quality treatment program that focuses on the recovery and maintenance from abuse/addiction of mind altering chemicals. Learn more at adacdet.org.