Bergen Regional Medical Center

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Located in Paramus, NJ, Bergen Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive set of quality services including Long Term Care, Behavioral Health Care, Ambulatory and Acute Care. Bergen Regional Medical Center houses one of the most comprehensive mental health services in the state, which provides psychiatric and substance abuse treatments along the continuum of outpatient and inpatient settings.

Bergen Regional Medical Center Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Rehab Services:

Medically Assisted Detox

Inpatient Treatment is often necessary for a safe and successful medical withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, benzodiazepines, and prescription pain medication. Patients requiring detoxification can do so in a safe environment staffed with trained, competent, and caring professionals. The time period for detoxification ranges from 4–8 days. To accommodate patients in need of detox who have ambulating issues or other medical comorbidities, Bergen Regional has expanded its detox program to accommodate higher acuity patients.

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioids are any drugs based on the chemical composition of opium. An opiate is a synthetic (man-made) version of an opioid, also known as a narcotic. Opiate pain medications include prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. Other opioids include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin. Dependence or addiction to opioids is treated in a similar fashion to other drug and alcohol addictions, with an eye towards helping the body detox safely before other treatment commences.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal. The Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic at Bergen Regional Medical Center also offers Suboxone Therapy for their addiction patients. The treatment is held in a group setting and patients who participate must follow up monthly with a psychiatrist, attend two groups a month, and will be subject to urinalysis testing before receiving a prescription.

Vivitrol used for Addiction Recovery

Vivitrol has proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate and alcohol abuse, especially when complimented with an effective rehab program. Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved by the FDA that is used to suppress a person's cravings for a substance. The Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic at Bergen Regional Medical Center is one of the few clinics with providers who prescribe Vivitrol, and Bergen Regional has the staff to administer the injectable drug. Vivitrol is one of their many treatments available for addiction management.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Bergen Regional Medical Center offer?

24 Hour Clinical Care

At certain points in the recovery process, it’s important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Not every chemically-dependent patient requires inpatient or residential treatment. Many have been successfully launched into recovery through an effective outpatient treatment program. The IOP offers 3 hours of treatment in either a day or an evening program. The treatment team, which includes you, your counselors, and a psychiatrist when needed, will determine how many days a week and how long you will attend the program.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient Treatment is available for a variety of mental health issues and includes comprehensive mental health evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, as well as medication management. The goal of outpatient treatment is to provide support, structure, and therapy that will allow patients to remain on their journey toward self-mastery while living at home and in their community.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Behavioral Health Services at BRMC includes comprehensive acute and sub-acute/intermediate hospital treatment programs that meet the demands of patients who are seeking quality psychiatric medical care. Treatment units are structured to meet the unique requirements of children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population who require a safe and protective environment within which they can develop the ability and skills that will allow them to quickly transition to a less intense and structured treatment program. Acute and sub-acute inpatient units for adult patients are structured to provide intense treatment for patients who are an imminent danger to themselves or to others or display high potential for such behavior. The treatment milieu program encourages active patient participation with a focus on identifying and working on specific problems, goals, and daily tasks.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

The MICA Partial Hospital serves patients dealing with co-occurring mental illness and chemical addiction who require daily medical and nursing attention due to the intensity of their addiction and the severity of their psychiatric problem. A five hour a day structured group treatment program following the 12 step model provides patients with critical services that will allow them to learn the skills required to control their symptoms, lead productive lives, and prevent relapse.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Their diversified treatment programs offer individualized care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Their professional team will conduct a thorough evaluation to help determine what is causing the distress and how they can best help. Their highly skilled medical staff will determine if there are any underlying medical or biochemical causes for the illness. The treatment team will, after defining the difficulty, work with the patient, family, and other healthcare professionals to develop a course of treatment. This interdisciplinary approach is unique to Bergen Regional and ensures the continuum of care throughout treatment.

12-Step

12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

When one person in a family suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone else in the family is affected. Stress and strains in relationships are intensified. They understand this and encourage family members to express their needs and feelings. They are committed to helping families participate in their loved one’s recovery process by encouraging active involvement in treatment and educational programs.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. This is accomplished by watching a therapist’s finger move back and forth across, or following a bar of light. The goal is repetitive sets of eye movements that help the brain reprocess memory, which can significantly reduce the intensity of remembered traumatic incidents. Associated memories can heal simultaneously, leaving patients significantly calmer, more stable, and more emotionally relaxed.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Bergen Regional Medical Center Highlights:

The Evergreen Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Bergen Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment to more than 15,000 people annually. Evergreen’s full range of services includes Inpatient Detoxification, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospital Programming, and Intensive Outpatient Programming.
Partial Hospitalization helps people who need intensive treatment but do not require 24-hour care. This comprehensive program provides structured treatment daily, while allowing patients to return home each evening. There are two program tracks available: Acute Partial and MICA (addictions) Partial Hospitalization.
The highly trained professionals at BRMC realize early intervention and treatment are essential to providing the care needed for optimal results. Yet, younger patients are often reluctant to participate in the treatment process and frequently do not come forward with issues they may be having. This is why the BRMC team works closely with parents, families, and appropriate school officials to provide resources to identify problems early on and set up successful treatment programs which are easier for younger patients to access and accept.
Private
Sober living home or Halfway house

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in New Jersey

  • Carrier Clinic 252 County Road Route 601 Belle Mead, NJ 08502
  • GenPsych 981 Route 22 West 2nd Floor Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  • GenPsych 31 East Darrah Lane Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • GenPsych 940 Cedar Bridge Avenue Brick, NJ 08723

Intake:

  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children
  • Programs for active duty military seeking for mental health help