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The Summit Health Behavioral Health Department offers intensive outpatient substance abuse services for existing Summit Health patients age 18 and older who are suffering from alcohol and drug abuse.

Program Detailssubstance abuse program

All visits are conducted virtually for patient convenience.

Patients will attend:

  • Three morning or afternoon group treatments, three days per week for four to six weeks
  • Weekly psychiatry visits will be offered to patients with co-occurring mental health needs (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Weekly individual sessions with a substance abuse expert to support the recovery process

The Behavioral Health team will partner with Summit Health primary care physicians to help with medically assisted treatment as needed. If substance detox or higher levels of care are needed, the substance abuse staff will help navigate and refer to appropriate programs.

Program Goal

Summit Health’s Substance Abuse Program has the goal of helping patients achieve abstinence from drug and alcohol abuse within four to six weeks. During group treatments, participants will obtain the support of others in the program while learning a variety of skills to discontinue substance use and maintain abstinence. This includes:

Learning about the stages of recovery

  • Acute Withdrawal
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal
  • Maintenance

Relapse Prevention

  • Skill Development
  • "Playing the tape out"
  • Identifying consequences
  • Contacting supports

Sources of Support

  • 12 Step (AA, NA)
  • SMART Recovery
  • Dharma Recovery

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Repairing Relationships
  • Assertiveness
  • Boundary Setting

Depression / Anxiety Symptom Management

  • Thought Reframing
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Mindfulness

The program’s goal is to help each person learn the skills to refrain from using and abusing substances while developing skills to remain in recovery and live life drug and alcohol free.

For more information, an assessment, or to schedule an appointment, please speak to your Summit Health provider or call 908-277-8900.

Our Substance Abuse Specialist

John Guldner, MA, LPC, LCADC

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