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David Lawrence Center addresses complex needs with expanded detox unit

June 20, 2013
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The David Lawrence Center in Southwest Florida has opened an expanded detoxification unit designed in part to meet the multi-faceted needs of individuals with complex addiction issues, including those with multiple addictions to opiates and alcohol or to opiates and benzodiazepines.

The Naples-based addiction and mental health treatment organization announced this week the opening of the 15-bed Tim Hermann Adult Detoxification Unit, a 4,600-square-foot facility with an expanded common area and additional treatment space. Patients generally stay at the center for four to eight days depending on their addiction and medical treatment needs, and are exposed to ancillary services such as nutrition and yoga as well as 12-Step groups and other traditional interventions.

“Complex admissions for withdrawal from multiple substances and individuals with co-occurring disorders are a common and more frequent occurrence,” David Lawrence Center director of inpatient and nursing services Mary Ann Guerra said in a news release. “Our facility and clinical environment needed to be enhanced to treat these cases in the most effective, safe, compassionate, comfortable environment that promotes healing, wellness and life-changing recovery.”

The expanded detox facility is located on the David Lawrence Center’s 8-acre main campus and is part of an overall facility improvement effort at the behavioral health organization. Better efficiency and workflow, higher security, and improved auxiliary power were among the goals in enhancing the interior space for the detox facility.

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