Grayson County News-Gazette file photo Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is offering a new Medical Stabilization program to aide those suffering from substance or alcohol withdrawals.

Grayson County News-Gazette file photo

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is offering a new Medical Stabilization program to aide those suffering from substance or alcohol withdrawals.

Leitchfield hospital Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has announced a new Medical Stabilization program to aide those suffering from substance and/or alcohol withdrawals.

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC) CEO Wayne Meriwether first announced the program at this month's Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon, explaining that the program seeks to assist individuals with preparing for in-depth rehabilitation for drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Last week, more information was announced about the program via a TLRMC press release.

Medical stabilization and withdrawal management is the first phase of the recovery process, the release states. Before beginning treatment, addictive toxins must be eliminated from the body to create the emotional clarity needed for successful rehabilitation.

Withdrawal can be a difficult experience, however, as the brain and other organs become dependent on these chemicals over time. When suddenly removed, the effects can be significant, and quitting without medical assistance can pose significant health risks, according to the release.

The stabilization process typically lasts between three-to-five days, depending on the severity of the addictions.

During this time, the body rids itself of toxins while the symptoms are managed by a physician, greatly reducing the severity of symptoms and cravings. Combined with effective rehabilitation, success rates greatly increase and relapse is significantly reduced with medical substance withdrawal management.

“Our caring and professional medical staff is committed to supporting people in the recovery process with the utmost respect and dignity,” said Jessica Embry, B.S., Medical Stabilization Program Director. “Patients will receive non-addictive medications to lessen withdrawal symptoms under 24-hour supervision of trained professionals.”

Once withdrawal symptoms become managed, Embry will aide patients in finding the follow-up services that best fit their needs.

The Medical Stabilization program at TLRMC is open to patients from anywhere, not just Grayson County, the release states, and Embry notes that the program is "very discreet."

Officials say that chronic pain is often an important issue associated with addiction.

The TLRMC Medical Stabilization program will also help people dealing with chronic pain through the use of non-narcotic medications and other medical options, such as those offered by the Twin Lakes Pain Management Center, that are proven to help break the cycle of pain.

This, in turn, will enable patients to go through the recovery process.

Embry, a Grayson County native, is excited about getting this program up and running.

“I truly believe this can make a positive impact on our community,” she said. “If anyone has any questions regarding the service, please contact me. As our slogan says, ‘The road to recovery starts here.’”

The Medical Stabilization program is not the only thing TLRMC is doing to combat drug use in the community, according to the release.

Earlier this year, TLRMC implemented an Opioid Stewardship program, which will involve many strategies to reduce poor health outcomes related to opioid use.

For more information, call 270-200-4477 to talk to an admissions specialist with the Medical Stabilization program.

Grayson County News-Gazette file photo

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is offering a new Medical Stabilization program to aide those suffering from substance or alcohol withdrawals.