Substance Recovery Unit at Penn Highlands Mon Valley

Substance Recovery

CNX Foundation Substance Recovery Unit

There are many reasons why a person may become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It may have started with an injury that required strong pain medication. For some, it could have been a means to escape from the pressures of their job or family. It could have started because a person just wanted to fit in with people who accepted them. Regardless of the reason that someone uses illegal drugs, abuses prescription drugs or regularly consumes too much alcohol, most people benefit from substance recovery treatment. Substance abuse is treatable. When people find the right treatment facility or program they can begin their journey to learn healthy habits which will reduce the risk of relapse.

What is Substance Recovery?

Substance use disorder is a condition that results when individuals cannot control their use of drugs or alcohol despite the substances having a harmful impact on their daily lives.

What are Some of the Substances that Can Lead to Substance Use Disorder?

There are many substances that stimulate the part of the brain that produces feelings of pleasure that have addiction potential including:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medications such as codeine, oxycodone and many other drugs for pain
  • Marijuana
  • Sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and medications for depression
  • Hallucinogens such as LSD and PCP
  • Tobacco
CNX Foundation Substance Recovery Unit

1163 Country Club Road
7th Floor
Monongahela, PA 15063

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Where Can I Receive Inpatient Substance Recovery Care?

Substance Recovery at Penn Highlands
CNX Foundation Substance Recovery Unit

1163 Country Club Road
Monongahela, PA 15063

What are the symptoms of substance use disorder?

Symptoms of substance use disorder can include:

  • Confusion
  • Lack of appetite
  • Seclusion -- distancing self from family and friends
  • Changes in behaviors and mood
  • Secretive behavior
  • Hostility
  • Lack of attention to physical appearance
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Taking larger doses of prescription medications
  • Having an uncontrollable need to use the substance
  • Facing poor performance issues at school or work

How is substance use disorder treated?

Coordinated care is critical in treating anyone with a substance use disorder to help them achieve positive outcomes. In addition, coordinating treatment for comorbidities, such as diabetes, COPD, mental health conditions and more is an important part of treating substance use disorder.

How long does treatment last?

The length of treatment is individualized and varies per patient. Each patient meets with the interdisciplinary team during daily treatment team meetings.

Is substance use disorder common?

Substance use disorders continue to be an important health issue in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 40.3 million Americans, aged 12 or older, had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year.What’s Available?

  • A safe, secure and supportive environment.
  • Fourteen private and spacious inpatient rooms.
  • Seven ligature resistant rooms.
  • Two ADA rooms specially designed for people with disabilities.
  • Two isolation/negative pressure rooms.
  • Twenty-four hour access to the hospitalists, Emergency Department, Cardiac Care Unit, Behavioral Health Unit, Medical Imaging and Lab at Penn Highlands Mon Valley.
  • Private consultation rooms.
  • Comfortable group therapy rooms.
  • An activity/dining room for socialization.
  • A quiet activity room for meditation, reading, etc.
  • A family interaction room with video conferencing access.
  • A “no barriers” Admissions Facilitator Liaison working in collaboration with community organizations.

What Treatments are Offered?

The following therapies are offered;

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Therapy
  • Motivation Interviewing
  • Trauma-Informed Techniques
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
    • Psychoeducation
    • Relapse Prevention
    • MAT
    • Journaling
    • Health and Wellness
    • Exercise
    • Yoga
    • Meditation
    • Self-soothing
    • 12-step
    • S.M.A.R.T Meetings
  • Opiate Treatment Program
    • Suboxone/Subutex
    • Sublocade
    • Vivitrol
    • Methadone
  • Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Program
    • Naltrexone (Injection/Oral)

Length of treatment is individualized and the patient will meet with the interdisciplinary team during daily treatment team meetings.

Conditions We Treat

  • Substance and Behavioral Addictions

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