Highlands Hospital was identified as one of 25 new Center of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state of PA that will offer high-quality treatment to individuals with opioid and heroin-related substance use disorders, an epidemic affecting thousands of Pennsylvanians every year. The primary focus of the program will be the wellness of each person through term-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care.
The COE builds upon Highlands Hospitals’ already significant behavioral health programs and will mirror the philosophy adopted by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS):
“Recovery is a self-determined and holistic journey that people undertake to heal and grow. Recovery is facilitated by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices and opportunities that promote people reaching their full potential as individuals and community members.”
Benefiting Those in Our Community and Surrounding Areas
“The opioid epidemic does not discriminate—it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With these additional Centers of Excellence (COE) locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania” — Governor Tom Wolf
“Having an addiction center so close to home is critical to assisting people with opioid related issues, ensuring that they get the behavioral and physical healthcare they need. Highlands Hospital will help to assist patients and families through drug treatment and point them toward recovery.” — Senator Pat Stefano
The Statistics: Opioid-Related Substance Use Disorder
Opioid dependency has now reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This disorder will shape the future of our communities if it cannot be dealt with effectively. Treatment for addiction is just the first step in the long process to managed recovery.
• Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
• Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
• Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
• Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder, two million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
• It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction.
• Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 55,403 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
Information collected by the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM) | Opioid Addition – 2016 Facts and Figures
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Vicki Meier, Director of Development/Planning
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“Hope After Heroin” – A WQED Documentary
This program explores the opioid crisis in Western Pennsylvania. People who have experienced addiction, either themselves or through a loved one, share their stories of struggle, stigma and loss. But they also show how they’ve managed to use their pain as a catalyst for change, providing hope for others.
Y12SR – The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery
Highlands Hospital Wellness Center is now offering a donation based class on Wednesday May 17th, 24th, 31st.
Y12SR – The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga.