UPMC Mercy

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UPMC Mercy offers behavioral health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UPMC Mercy's goal is to help people with mental illness, intellectual disability, and addiction issues thrive in their communities.

UPMC Mercy 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

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

Buprenorphine Detox and Treatment

Similar to methadone, buprenorphine is a drug meant to help with long-term treatment for opioid addiction. Those recovering from heroin addiction or other opiate addiction may be prescribed buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) to help wean the body off of opioids safely, over time. Buprenorphine helps lessen the discomfort and danger of detox and withdrawal.

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 UPMC Mercy offer?

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements. Each of UPMC Mercy’s inpatient units has a specific program that allows for individual, group, and family therapy and education by a multidisciplinary group of trained staff.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Treatment Types:

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Therapies Offered:

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.

UPMC Mercy Highlights:

The Adult Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit is a licensed, 24-bed unit is for voluntarily and involuntarily committed patients, 18 years old and older, who are identified to be in crisis. Patients on this unit may be experiencing symptoms associated with mood or thought disorders. The Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Unit is a licensed, 10-bed unit is for voluntarily and involuntarily committed patients, 18 years old and older, who require the program and structure to deal with mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
The Addiction Medicine Program at UPMC Mercy, is an 18-bed, medically supervised detoxification program. It safely and successfully treats patients who are physiologically dependent on alcohol or drugs, and withdraws them from those substances under the supervision of specially certified physicians, nurses, counselors, and social workers.

Accreditation:

  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

Rehabs in Pennsylvania

  • White Deer Run 360 White Deer Run Road Allenwood, PA 17810
  • Just Believe Recovery Center - Lincoln Avenue 100 Lincoln Ave Carbondale, PA 18407
  • Caron Treatment Centers - Adult 243 N Galen Hall Rd Wernersville, PA 19565
  • Clarity Way 544 Iron Ridge Road Hanover, PA 17331

Intake:

  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)