Drug and alcohol addiction is a significant burden for individuals and families alike, as well as for society as a whole. Unfortunately, far too many people are hesitant to go to a community hospital for help because they fear the symptoms of withdrawal during detoxification. Additionally, abruptly ceasing alcohol or drug use can be dangerous. This is why it’s advisable for individuals to find a community hospital that offers the New Vision medical stabilization service, which can help patients overcome addiction with a brief stay in the hospital.
The New Vision service generally involves an inpatient stay of three to five days, during which the patient is medically supervised at all times. Upon admission to the hospital, the patient will undergo a pre-screening and assessment process. The physician will evaluate the patient’s medical history, conduct a physical exam, order laboratory tests, and complete a nursing assessment. The patient’s fundamental needs are carefully considered as the individualized treatment plan is being determined.
Medical stabilization refers to the safe detoxification from drugs or alcohol while under close medical supervision. The medical management of symptoms ensures patient safety and helps the patient remain as comfortable as possible during this time. Symptom management also improves the likelihood that the patient will enjoy a successful long-term recovery by reducing the risk of a subsequent relapse.
It’s common for patients to struggle to remain sober after detoxification. This is why the New Vision medical stabilization system includes extensive discharge planning. New Vision patients can be referred to community resources for ongoing recovery services, which will provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to implement effective coping strategies.
St. Petersburg General Hospital is pleased to provide residents of St. Petersburg and beyond with the New Vision medical stabilization service. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you can reach out to our hospital by calling (888) 741-5122. Our community hospital also features a birthing center, stroke center, and breast cancer center.