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Inpatient Treatment at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

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We are here to help you. Our well-trained Walton inpatient addiction and withdrawal treatment team uses a holistic approach for treating substance use disorders in our 10-bed unit in UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Our medical director performs an admission history and physical, treats opioid withdrawal, and manages medical conditions as needed. Where appropriate, we start Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) in patients with opioid use disorder, and refer them to an outpatient provider or the UHS Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (methadone clinic) upon successful inpatient discharge. Certified dieticians review patients’ nutritional needs and provide nutritional advice.

Individual and group counseling, structured activities, and educational sessions form the backbone of our Walton addiction treatment experience. An individualized addiction treatment plan addresses potential challenges that lie ahead. At discharge, patients are linked to resources needed to maintain sobriety including housing, medical and psychiatric care, and further substance use disorder treatment.

Information included on this page

  • How Can I Get Help?
  • About Our Program
  • Treatment Program
  • The Inpatient Experience
  • Planning Your Stay
  • Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Get Help?

Self-Referral

If you are interested in attending our Walton addiction treatment program, please call 607-865-2115 or 607-865-2163 to start the process.

Treatment Facility Referral

Please fax our requested referral information to 607-865-9234. After receiving this paperwork, our clinic staff will contact your program to discuss the admission or alternative treatment options, as appropriate.

Hospital Referral

For the patient’s current encounter, please provide the history and physical, lab results, discharge summary, and medication list. Please fax all paperwork to 607-865-9234. After receiving this paperwork, our clinic staff will contact you to discuss the admission.

About Our Program

Length of Stay

Ours is a variable length of stay program, with most patients averaging 14 days in treatment. However, additional treatment time may be approved based on your individual needs.

Special Populations

We accept pregnant women with substance use disorders, provided they have prenatal care and have not had any obstetric complications.

Insurance Accepted

We accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Please note that prior authorization for inpatient services may be required. If you have questions regarding insurance coverage, please contact our staff at 607-865-2115 or 607-865-2163.

Treatment Program

Our program offers both individual and group counseling. Therapy, activity, and education groups provide an intense and comprehensive experience. Patients learn about the disease of addiction, relapse prevention, and how to restructure their lives around positive patterns and activities.

Therapy Group

Our therapy groups use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to teach recovery skills to patients with substance use disorders. Patients learn about the interaction between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and are given tools to address negative thinking. Discussion topics include the relapse process, relapse warning signs, coping with cravings, managing triggers, relaxation techniques, forming healthy relationships, codependency, setting boundaries, building a sober support system, spirituality, and coping with anger, frustration, resentment, and loss.

Activity Group

Our activity groups offer a "hands-on" approach to recovery and sober recreation. They include both structured experiential activities and unstructured opportunities for creative expression and relaxation. After learning what to expect from meetings and sponsors, common meeting themes, and how to get the most out of meetings, patients may attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the community. Additional activities include walks or other forms of exercise, coloring, crafting, journaling, and interactive board or computer games.

Education Group

We provide group education about hepatitis A/B/C, tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, medication-assisted treatment, coping with cravings, relapse prevention tools, and the disease of addiction.

We also teach opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response and link all patients to naloxone.

Specialized Groups

Focus Group

This is an optional patient-run and staff-monitored 12-step discussion group based on readings from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous texts.

Stress Management and Relaxation Group

This education group is designed to give patients concrete tools to decrease their stress and handle adversity.

Fresh Air Group

This group helps patients explore their ambivalence about nicotine use and move along the continuum of change towards cessation. It also teaches patients how to modify their routines and deal with nicotine cravings so that they can remain nicotine free after discharge.

The Inpatient Experience

Patients can expect a full day of programming centered around education, activities, and groups. Patients have ample opportunity for self-reflection and physical activity. Meals are selected from a menu.

Sample Daily Schedule

6:30 AM

Wake Up

1:00 PM

Exercise (optional)

6:45 AM

Exercise (optional)

1:15 PM

Treatment Planning or Individualized Therapy Activities

7:00 AM

Focus Group

2:30 PM

Education

7:30 AM

Breakfast

3:30 PM

Activity Group

8:00 AM

Physician Rounds

4:30 PM

Specialized Group

8:30 AM

Community Meeting

5:00 PM

Dinner

9:15 AM

Education Group

7:00 PM

Optional 12-Step Meeting (in-house or off-campus)

10:30 AM

Exercise (optional)

9:30 PM

Reflections

11:00 AM

Therapy Group

10:30

Lights Out

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

 
Visiting Hours

Visitation for family members, significant others, and children twelve years and older is Sunday morning from 9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. This includes family program preparation from 09:15 a.m.- 09:30 a.m., education from 09:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., and visiting time from 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Families learn about the disease of addiction, 12-step programming, codependency, and common pitfalls as patients transition back into the community. Families are also given opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, and are linked to naloxone. Visiting by clergy and/or sponsors can be arranged by our counseling staff. For security reasons and to help maintain our patients’ confidentiality, visitors are required to bring photo ID.

Phone Time

Open phone times are limited to help you focus on your recovery. Your counselor will arrange phone time outside of scheduled hours, if needed. You will receive a phone schedule and our unit numbers upon admission.

Planning Your Stay

A successful stay takes a little planning. Please consult the list below as your prepare for your visit. We have a washer and dryer available for your use.

What to bring

Please bring:

  • Three sets of daily clothing, including:
    • 3 pairs of pants or long shorts
    • 3 short-sleeved shirts (sleeveless shirts cannot be worn alone)
    • 3 long-sleeved shirts
    • Up to five sets of underwear
    • Two sets of sleepwear
  • One pair of outdoor shoes (sneakers, boots, etc)
  • One pair of flip flops or other shower shoes
  • ID and insurance cards

Optional:

  • Bathrobe
  • Personal hygiene items (cannot contain alcohol)
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Reading materials, puzzle books, coloring supplies, etc
What not to bring

Do not bring:

  • Extra clothing
  • Revealing clothing
  • Clothing that glorifies alcohol or drug use
  • Clothing that cannot be cleaned in a washer or dryer
  • Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes or vape pens
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Items containing alcohol
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Cell phones or other electronic devices
  • Food and beverages
  • Perfumes, colognes, or other strongly scented items
  • Electric hair clippers
  • Large amounts of money or other valuables

Please contact the Addiction Treatment Program staff at 607-865-2115 or 607-865-2163 with questions about what to bring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the differences between UHS Delaware Valley Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Program and UHS Binghamton General Hospital’s inpatient New Horizons Program?

A: The Addiction Treatment Program’s smaller size may be a more comfortable environment for patients who have anxiety in larger groups. The Addiction Treatment Program also provides more exposure to 12-step programming, for those who are interested, than inpatient New Horizons.

Q. What should I bring with me?

A. Please see our packing lists for details. If you have further questions about what to bring, please call the Addiction Treatment Program at 607-865-2115 or 607-865-2163.

Q. Can I have visitors?

A. Adults and children over 12 may visit patients in the Addiction Treatment Program Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  This includes family program preparation from 09:15 a.m.- 09:30 a.m., education from 09:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., and visiting time from 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Q. Can I smoke while I’m in treatment?

A. No. Use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited. We offer nicotine replacement therapy, if indicated.

Q. Are inpatient New Horizons or the Addiction Treatment Program co-occurring disorders programs?

A. No. However, the educational groups in both facilities address concerns common to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Both programs ensure linkage to mental health services upon discharge, if needed.

Q. I don’t feel comfortable sharing in groups. Do I have to go to groups if I come to inpatient treatment?

A. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your stay, so group attendance is required in both of our inpatient programs. Patients admitted to our inpatient programs also have individual counseling sessions and will not be pressured to disclose things that they are uncomfortable sharing.

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