Medical detox program sees patients from across Wyoming in first month of operation

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In July New Vision Withdrawal Management opened its first hospital-based medical detox program in Wyoming. During the program, patients will undergo a medically supervised detoxification process.

“We have already had people traveling from out of county, and people calling from out of state because people are willing to drive the short distance to get the right help,” said New Vision Administrator Shelby McMillan.

The inpatient program is a medical service offered to help stabilize patients as they go through acute withdrawal. According to New Vision, patients are placed on a specific stabilization protocol containing scheduled medication to treat patients.

While the program is not a rehabilitation center, patients work with staff during their stay to create a personalized discharge plan based on their needs, after being discharged the patient will be ready to move into the recovery phase of addiction.

“Part of the process is a physician will stabilize the patient and help them become as comfortable as possible during the hardest part of the withdrawal process. We really focus on the aftercare so when these patients leave our doors they have the support they need to really begin their recovery journey. Ultimately, this will help prevent them from going back to that same cycle,” said McMillan.

New Vision does not offer counseling or psychiatric services. The program says they are not a residential or outpatient treatment program, but that its services are exclusive to short inpatient detox and discharge planning.

“The most recent community needs assessment indicated a strong, strong need for alcohol and substance abuse treatment. We at New Vision believe that anything that is designed to address the addiction cycle is going to benefit any community,” said McMillan.

According to McMillan, the program aims to offer same-day services whenever possible. New Vision has space for up to 16 patients at a time, but the space can be dependent on how many beds are being used by the hospital they are located in.

“All the patient has to do is pick up the phone and call us. Our goal is to get those patients in same day, same day service because we have beds which is great,” said McMillan.

The New Vision program does not require a referral to receive treatment. Those interested in the services provided by New Vision can call 307-223-4400 or visit their website.

The only Wyoming program is at the Summit Medical Center in Casper, but New Vision has hopes to expand across the state in the future.

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