New Directions for Women and Beacon work together towards the same common goal
Beacon Health Options has been helping people with their health care needs for more than 30 years and has changed the way that people live with behavioral health conditions. New Directions for Women and Beacon work together towards the same common goal: to support women in recovery and allow them to get help for their alcoholism or addiction problem. At our facility, we follow all protocols and guidelines that are determined by Beacon Health Options.
Beacon Health Options: Who are They?Beacon Health Options is the undisputed leader in behavioral health management. Beacon serves 40 million people in all 50 states. Beacon provides:
- Mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) management
- Comprehensive employee assistance program (EAP)
- Work/life support
- Special programs for autism and depression
- Analysis to improve care delivery
Individual FocusBeacon focuses care on the individual and provides custom-made solutions at the local level. Because of this, they have a real understanding of the people they serve. This ranges from the most vulnerable people to members of the military and their families, to Fortune 500 employees and their families. Clinical expertise and proven solutions aren’t the only ideals Beacon is built on. It’s also created through lived experience and commitment to serve others. Because Beacon is exclusively focused on behavioral health management, they are driven to help people with mental illness or substance use disorders. Beacon wants you to live your life to its fullest potential.
ExpertiseAfter 35 years of experience, and 40 million people helped, Beacon has a full understanding of today’s behavioral health challenges. They know what it takes to overcome them. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with everyday stresses, relationship issues, a child’s autism, a SUD, or long-term mental health illness. Beacon’s clinical health expertise can make a significant difference in your life.
Beacon Health Options Facts
- National headquarters are in Boston, with more than 70 locations across the country
- 4,700 employees nationally
- Serves more than 40 million people
- Partners with 65 health plans that serve commercial, FEP (federal employee programs), Medicare and Medicaid
- Serves 5.4 million military personnel and their families
Why Substance Use Disorder Treatment is ImportantFirst of all, substance use is an expensive problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that substance abuse costs more than $740 billion a year in crime, healthcare costs, and lost productivity. In addition to money, addiction care is important for other important reasons. It keeps people from tying up emergency rooms for drug overdoses. Getting people off drugs and alcohol helps keep them from going to jail. It also prevents all the other problems that come with drug and alcohol use disorders.
Dual DiagnosisSubstance misuse and mental health disorders affect each other. It’s common for individuals with a mental health disorder to use drugs or alcohol as a way of self-treating. Likewise, people who become addicted to drugs may develop mental health problems due to their use of drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has estimated that 7.9 million adults have both a SUD and a mental disorder. The presence of a SUD and a mental health disorder in an individual at the same time is called a dual diagnosis. In these cases it’s important to treat both conditions at the same time. At New Directions for Women, we are experienced in treating this complicated condition. Also, the effects of drug use cross generational lines. Children who are exposed to adults who do drugs are more likely to have issues with drug use themselves. Treating the substance use problem of the parent is a way to help prevent drug use in their children.
Beacon’s Partnership with New Directions for WomenBeacon Health Options focuses on improving the health and well being of individuals coping with mental health and substance use conditions. They make this a reality through recovery-focused programs and effective partnerships with their clients and New Directions for Women. Our facility at New Directions for Women holds a license to treat women for addiction and substance use disorders in the state of California. All the philosophies we use follow the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM). We are CARF accredited and ASAM certified, aiming to be as knowledgeable as possible on substance abuse while meeting each woman where they are at in their recovery journey. New Directions for Women treats each woman in our program based on their needs and offers a continuum of care.
Levels of Care Offered at New Directions
DetoxDrug and alcohol withdrawal can be a painful process. There are several brain and hormonal systems that are affected by drug and alcohol use. When it ends they are thrown into confusion. Some effects of withdrawal include:
- High or unstable blood pressure
- Heavy sweating
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Physical pain
Intensive OutpatientIntensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is a lower level of care than the partial day program but it still has a therapy and counseling structure. People in IOP attend counseling sessions several days a week for 3 or 4 hours each day. Again, the IOP can be used as a step down in treatment from the partial day or residential treatment programs. Clearly, individuals have more independence but outpatient treatment is best if the individual has a strong support network at home.
Sober LivingSober living houses are alcohol and drug-free living environments for people trying to maintain their abstinence from drugs or alcohol. These homes provide safe living situations and supportive, structured conditions for people leaving drug treatment programs. Although it is a residence, the people that live there are not supervised. There are rules regarding chores, attendance at meetings, and curfews. Residents receive support and relapse prevention strategies from people in the same situation. This is another good stepping stone into full independence and long-term abstinence. The longer a person continues in treatment after their primary treatment program, the better their chance at life-long abstinence. The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency reported that at least 3 months of continued care for maintenance is needed to significantly increase the potential for one-year abstinence. It doesn’t matter how long the initial treatment program is, continuing care of even as little as once a week can make a meaningful difference. New Directions offers aftercare programs including:
- Support groups: Support groups are a good source for discussing relapse prevention and looking at issues from different perspectives.
- Counseling: Continuing therapy regularly elevates your chances for long-term recovery, especially if you are dealing with a co-occurring disorder.
- Alumni programs: New Directions has a community of women who have completed programs. These women get together through events, newsletters, and trips to help and support each other as people recovering from addiction.