Calling Out Addiction

Most substance abusers hide their addiction, but a new program will seek to identify users when they are being admitted to the hospital for other medical reasons.
 
A $200,000 gift from Robert, Barbara and Susan Luciano and $150,000 from the Marion E.C. Wall’s Trust will launch the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service designed to help identify and cure addicts.
 
The Luciano gift is earmarked in memory of daughter Susan Luciano’s late husband Stephen Gelber. “My husband didn’t have substance abuse issues, but he had lost friends to addiction over the years,” says Ms. Luciano.
 
Patients withholding addiction issues during admittance usually go into withdrawal during hospitalization, leading to complications with other medical issues. This new service will offer patients immediate treatment while in the hospital and continued outpatient care upon discharge. Once the program is in full swing, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric advanced practice nurse and two social workers will manage an expected influx of 30-40 patients on a weekly basis.

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