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Valley Health opens behavioral health, addiction service

The Herald-Dispatch - 11/2/2017

The Herald-Dispatch

HURRICANE, W.Va. - Valley Health has begun accepting patients for dialectical behavior therapy for substance use disorders, its newest behavioral health program treating common mental health symptoms, side effects and conditions associated with addiction, at its location in Hurricane, West Virginia.

The program specializes in treating what are often the most difficult problems to address, including chronic suicidal behavior, self-harm and intense emotional suffering.

"The program at Hurricane is unique to other DBT programs offered in the area as we will be addressing the core issues that likely lead to addiction problems in the first place as part of a patient's recovery," said Dr. Michael Hackman, Valley Health behavioral health director and psychiatrist, in a release.

The depth of treatment "requires a large time commitment on the part of both the clients and clinicians" as they work to solve each individual's issues, the release states.

Treatment is structured particularly to benefit those diagnosed with substance use disorder and other mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, regardless of whether or not the issues involve drug addiction. Referrals may be issued to those with chronic emotional dysregulation, pervasive self-control difficulties, problems with interpersonal relationships or interactions, and focus management in addition to addiction recovery with an emphasis on opioid dependence.

Participants must be 18 years old or older. Valley Health'sHurricane office can be contacted at 304-760-6040.

Based in Huntington since opening in 1975, Valley Health Systems operates more than two dozen primary health care centers in southern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. Valley Health treats approximately 65,000 patients annually.


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