Individuals living with or in recovery from addiction often have additional physical health problems that affect their quality of life and life expectancy. These can include, but are not limited to, lung disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Substance-use disorders can also complicate the management of other chronic disorders. Evidence suggests that the combination of primary care and addiction treatment improves both physical health and substance-use conditions and allows for improved care coordination.
Integrated services can improve patients’ physical and mental health and decrease hospitalization rates, inpatient days and emergency room visits. Consequently, integrating substance-abuse treatment with primary medical care can lead to significant healthcare cost savings for patients with conditions related to substance abuse.
The Monarch Health Clinic located at Center for Addiction Treatment provides a place where patients can be treated for their underlying health issues. Staffed with physicians specifically trained to better meet the unique needs of those overcoming addiction, the clinic allows for comprehensive on-site treatment.
By treating the individual with a more holistic approach, other health indicators, including acute and chronic diseases, can be addressed.