When it opens in July, Ensemble Recovery will offer something unique to patients who enter its drug and alcohol recovery program: primary healthcare and integrated mental health services.
The medical needs of people in recovery are often overlooked by traditional recovery programs, but taking care of those needs is vital to finding hope and healing from addiction.
“Drug and alcohol dependency is a terrible strain on the human body and people in recovery require specialized medical care because of the damage done,” says Deaver Shattuck, M.D., medical director and co-owner of Ensemble Recovery. “We understand this. We want our patients to see us as their medical home. When they are physically well, they will be better able to focus on the issues surrounding their dependence and start on the road to physical, mental and spiritual wellness.”
Shattuck is an internist who has spent the majority of his career in hospital medicine. He has cared for hundreds of patients ravaged by various addictions beginning with their detoxification and into their recovery. He formed Ensemble Recovery with his partner, addictionist Bill Kerley, to help addicts in the early stages of their disease in order to prevent the damage drugs can do to their bodies and their lives.
Kerley has dedicated his 30-plus-year career to helping addicts in clinical settings, and has also developed programs, treatment facilities and housing options for addicts. He holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where he specialized in addiction treatment and counseling.
Ensemble Recovery will offer integrated addiction treatment that combines long-term primary care with intensive outpatient treatment, including individual and group therapy. Mental health and medication-assisted treatment services will also be offered, the latter of which focuses on blocking the addictive effects of narcotics, not replacing them with other agents.
Patients who enter Ensemble Recovery’s program will undergo comprehensive medical and mental health evaluations. The mental health evaluation will be conducted by a licensed psychiatrist. Medical and mental health treatment plans will be created that focus on each patient’s physical, mental and emotional needs.
“Dependence is a chronic, often lifelong issue and treatment requires a multi-dimensional approach,” Kerley says. “We want to give our patients the best possible shot at recovery in an atmosphere free of judgment.”
Being judgment-free is important because, just as in treating a chronic disease, there are likely to be bumps along the way. Relapse is always a possibility.
“When and if it happens, we will help our patients determine what triggered the relapse and provide the tools to help them rise above the next triggering event. We see relapse not as a failure, but as on opportunity to learn and ultimately conquer that patient’s addiction,” Kerley says. “The road to recovery is long and sometimes very winding, but there is always hope. Our goal is to be a place of hope for our patients so they can find healing.”