How Medication Assisted Treatment Can Lead to a Life of Recovery

Over the past several years, opioid use disorder has been on the rise across the nation and in Iowa with frequent headlines appearing in the media about overdoses and increases in the usage of prescription painkillers and heroin. Now, UCS Healthcare is taking steps to help patients live a productive life in recovery, thanks to medication units which administer safe, monitored doses of Methadone or Suboxone to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms when used as directed in a patient’s therapeutic plan.

Saturday, October 27 - Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that the majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Resources for families and friends

When a loved one or friend is battling addiction, it can take a toll on relationships as well as stress other areas of our lives. UCS Healthcare offers resources to assist those who are supporting someone in recovery.

NARCAN TRAINING

NARCAN (Naloxone) is a legal drug that can counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is available over the counter without a prescription. UCS Healthcare is offering this 30-minute training to our patients, their family and friends and our staff on the use of NARCAN. The next training sessions will be:

Living Our Values Award Winner - Lacy Brittenson

Lacy Brittenson, nurse supervisor, is our third quarter "Living Our Values" award winner. She was nominated by her peers for her ability to educate, show patience and compassion, listen without judgment and display a positive attitude. Lacy has been instrumental in bringing our medication units online across Iowa to bring medication assisted treatment to more individuals who are in therapy for opioid addiction. She is pictured with UCS Healthcare chief operating officer, Jen Pearson. Congratulations Lacy and thank you for Living Our Values!

Living Our Values Award Winner - Christy McNeley

Congratulations to our first quarter 2018 "Living Our Values" recipient - Christy McNeley! Each quarter our employees nominate a team member that they believe lives our UCS Healthcare values on a daily basis. Christy, patient support services in Ankeny, was noted as a total team player with a great attitude. She was recognized with a $50 gift card to our company store and a plaque for her office.

UCS Healthcare delivers comprehensive health care services including primary and behavioral heath diagnosis education and treatment.

Our Patients tell us that we are caring, professional, casual, respectful, positive, comfortable, and honest.

Our Vision is to become the leading provider of integrated health care services for our diverse community in a safe, respectful and accessible environment.

Our Mission is to deliver comprehensive health care services that create renewed hope for healing and lifelong well-being.

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