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CHI St Vincent Establishes Unique, New Addiction Recovery Program Program in Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent, in partnership with Bradford Health Services, announces the first Addiction Recovery Program in the state of Arkansas that offers the full continuum of care through an integrated approach that includes both outpatient and hospital inpatient components. The new program, located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, marks a significant step forward for the hospital system’s 133 year healing ministry and recognizes the growing need for integrated, compassionate care programs that offer recovery support for addictive diseases in Arkansas.

“The Opioid crisis was a pandemic ravaging our communities long before anyone had even heard of COVID-19 and our healing ministry has long felt called to provide support to Arkansans suffering from addiction and other addictive diseases,” said CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gerry Jones. “For too long, the healthcare infrastructure has struggled to get them and their families the full continuum of care they need to help them overcome these challenges. Now, with our partners at Bradford Health Services, we’re able to make that compassionate care possible in a setting appropriate to the needs of our patients.”

In addition to both outpatient and inpatient services, the new Addiction Recovery Program at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary includes a private entrance to help ensure patient confidentiality. The dedicated space includes inpatient suites for 30 residential patients, 10 detox spaces and staff trained in Bradford Health Services’ proven addiction treatment methodology in order to help anyone suffering from addiction to find the support and healing they need. Whether suffering from drug, alcohol, food or other substance abuse challenges, the new program incorporates a model designed to provide the necessary help patients need to overcome addiction.

“In the past, we have too often thought of addiction in the wrong way. Now we know it is no different from Diabetes or COPD. There is no quick and easy solution. It is a health issue that requires ongoing maintenance and care,” said Bradford Health Services CEO Mike Rickman. “We have a lot of experience getting people on the path to recovery and now with our partners at CHI St. Vincent we can stick with them from a convenient, central location that offers everything from detox to longer term residential stays.”

The Addiction Recovery Program is part of CHI St. Vincent’s commitment to help protect all Arkansans, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic background, as this healing ministry  works to create healthier communities. The program was made possible with the generous support of donors, including Bradford Health Services. To learn more about resources available through the CHI St. Vincent Addiction RecoveryProgram in partnership with Bradford Health Services, visit: chistvincent.com/addictionrecovery