LIMA — BrightView Health is the latest addiction treatment center in Lima to pair medication-assisted treatment, counseling and social support to treat a variety of substance-use disorders.
The outpatient clinic, located at 1505 N. Cole St., opened its doors on Monday, joining a small but growing list of treatment centers here specializing in substance-use disorders at a time when Ohio’s opioid epidemic appears to be worsening.
The clinic uses an evidence-based approach incorporating medical, psychological and social strategies to treat a variety of substance-use disorders, including opioid and alcohol dependency.
For opioid-use disorder, that often means prescribing suboxone or vivitrol to suppress opioid cravings while a patient undergoes individual or group counseling to learn new coping strategies, with additional supports available to help patients find stable housing, work and reliable transportation.
It’s an approach that mimics the way other chronic diseases are managed.
Dr. Shawn Ryan, co-founder and chief medical officer of BrightView Health, pointed to the example of diabetes.
Treatment regimens for that chronic disease often start with a medical evaluation and medications to manage the disease, he said, while also incorporating lifestyle changes like diet and exercise as well as social supports for patients who can’t afford or don’t have easy access to stores that sell healthy foods.
Ryan, who specializes in addiction and emergency medicine, noticed a lack of evidence-based treatment as Ohio’s opioid epidemic unfolded several years ago. People couldn’t get the help they needed, he said, so he and a partner founded BrightView in 2015 to offer a more holistic approach to addiction treatment.
They focused on outpatient services, Ryan said, because “eventually they’ve got to go home and deal with this on an ongoing basis.”
To be accessible, Ryan said the clinic accepts walk-ins and has expanded its telehealth services. The clinic’s website even boasts of a 24-hour per day hotline and online chat.
“We want to make sure we’re available during that window of opportunity when somebody might feel like it’s time,” Ryan said. “… This will encourage people to recognize that there’s help out there and it doesn’t require a huge amount of effort.”