Haven Announces Opening of Intensive Outpatient Program for Women with Substance Use Disorder

womenHaven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque is pleased to announce the expansion of services to include women’s substance use disorder.  The Women’s Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a comprehensive treatment program for women with substance use disorder or substance dependence problems.

Women make up 51.43 percent of the total population.  Among individuals who were admitted in 2011 to treatment in New Mexico because of heroin or prescription opioid use, approximately 41 percent were female.  According to a 2014 needs assessment conducted by the National Library of Medicine, interviewees said that women with opioid use disorders in Albuquerque are an underserved population.

Bernalillo County is in the top ten counties in New Mexico for opioid overdose-related Emergency Department visits; the top twenty for drug overdose-related deaths; and 8 of the 10 leading causes of death in NM are linked to the abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

To better meet the need of this underserved population, the Women’s Substance Use IOP at Haven was designed to treat women who may be abusing prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, opioids, and other drugs.  Haven’s specially-trained Masters level addiction counselors are dedicated to meeting patients’ individual needs.

“Substance abuse, most specifically opioid addiction, is a growing epidemic in New Mexico and across the country,” says Sheila McDermott-Lord, Chief Executive Officer at Haven.  “Haven is committed to improving residents’ lives by strategically enhancing services and resources for behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment.”

The Women’s IOP works around an individual’s existing schedule.  Patients can continue to work or go to school while receiving treatment.  IOP provides intensive treatment that allows access to physicians, counselors and other medical specialists, as well as group and individual counseling and educational services.  Groups are held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The Women’s Substance Use Disorder IOP will begin seeing patients on November 13.  For more information, please call 505-254-4587.