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Inpatient Treatment at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

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

Individual and group counseling, structured activities, and educational sessions form the backbone of the inpatient experience.  A treatment plan, created by patients and their counselors, addresses potential challenges that lie ahead. Patients are discharged with linkage to resources needed to maintain sobriety including housing, medical and mental health care, and further substance use disorder treatment. 

How Can I Get Help?

Self-Referral

If you are interested in attending our inpatient 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 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 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.

Financial advocacy and assistance services are available to help patients navigate concerns about hospital bills, health insurance coverage, financial assistance, or other similar issues. More information regarding these services can be found here.

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 activities and unstructured opportunities for creative expression and relaxation. Patients may engage in exercise, coloring, crafting, writing, and games.

Education Group

We provide group education about hepatitis A/B/C, tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, medication for addiction 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 the 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

Due to COVID-19, in-person visitation is not permitted at this time. Virtual visitation via Facetime or Google Hangouts can be facilitated using hospital-provided technology during designated visitation hours, and at staff discretion.

Phone Time

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

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

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
  • Limited personal hygiene items (must fit within a clear quart-sized bag and cannot contain alcohol)
  • Pillow and blanket
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: How are you keeping your patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A. We take great care to ensure the safety of all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in our infection prevention and control procedures include, but are not limited to:
    

  • Staff screening for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before each shift. 
  • We provide COVID-19 testing for patients within 72 hours of admission.
  • Upon admission, patients are placed on a four to five day “limited exposure period” during which they are restricted to a private room and are tested twice for COVID-19. During this limited exposure period, patients receive all indicated medical care and may virtually participate in group educations and individual therapy. Patients are released from the limited exposure period and may join the therapeutic milieu upon receipt of two negative COVID-19 results.
  • Patients are required to wear approved masks, covering their mouth and nose, except when eating or sleeping.
  • Groups and meals are monitored for appropriate social distancing.
  • Patients are monitored for COVID-19 symptoms throughout their stay.
  • High-touch surfaces are frequently disinfected.
  • Unit staff work closely with the hospital Medical Command Center and the Infection Prevention and Control Department to ensure patients remain safe and healthy while in treatment.
Q. Do you detox?

A. The Addiction Treatment Program at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is licensed as an inpatient treatment facility and not as a withdrawal and stabilization (detox) facility. However, nursing and provider staff are available at all times and medical management of withdrawal is provided to patients as clinically indicated. If a patient’s withdrawal management needs require more acute medical attention, a patient may be therapeutically discharged to a medical unit and readmitted to treatment after stabilization.

Q. What should I bring with me?

A. Please see our packing list above. If you have further questions about what to bring, please call (607) 865-2115 or (607) 865-2163.

Q. Can I have visitors?

A. . Due to COVID-19, in-person visitation is not permitted at this time. Virtual visitation via Facetime or Google Hangouts can be facilitated using hospital-provided technology during designated visitation hours and at staff discretion.

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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