BrightView in Marietta a glimmer of hope for those battling addiction - Parkersburg News
BrightView answers calls 24/7 and accepts walk-ins between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on week days. (Photo by James Dobbs)
MARIETTA — BrightView is opening a new outpatient addiction treatment center in Marietta.
The new outpatient center accepts patients 18 years and older and is open to walk-ins between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.
At BrightView, treatment will start during the first appointment, whether that be a scheduled appointment or a walk-in.
An outpatient treatment center allows patients to receive treatment when it is applicable. This type of service makes it easier for patients to continue their daily lives and be able to go home at night, unlike an inpatient facility, according to Outreach Director Susan Fish.
Fish said Dr. Shawn Ryan, BrightView’s co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, “didn’t like how addicts were treated at hospitals.”
BrightView, a new outpatient recovery center for addiction, has opened at 324 Pike St. in Marietta. (Photo by James Dobbs)
She went on to say that this is why BrightView was created. Fish said BrightView’s main purpose, other than taking care of their patients and helping their patients reach long-term wellness, is to lower the stigma around addiction.
Fish said those who suffer from addiction are treated like people at BrightView. She also said BrightView realizes that addiction is an illness.
“They deserve our best every day,” said Fish, talking about BrightView’s patients.
BrightView has a Harm Reduction model, which will not kick out patients for a relapse.
“Patients with BrightView can stay with us for as long as they need,” said Fish.
Randy Smith, Marietta resident and local Community Outreach Manager, builds relationships with community partners and leaders for BrightView. Smith has been working with BrightView for two months.
“I want the community to see what I have seen in a very short time,” said Smith. “What BrightView has put together is unlike anything I have ever seen.”
Smith said he believes the community will see how beneficial BrightView is adding BrightView treats all substance use disorders.
In order to treat substance use disorders, BrightView uses a combination of medication assisted treatment (MAT), counseling, therapy, peer support and wraparound social services. BrightView offers different therapies to fit patients needs including parenting groups, anger management and veterans groups.
If a meeting isn’t available at the current center, BrightView uses tele-health to connect patients via video chat to other groups from one of its other 42 centers. The wraparound social services include counselors, therapists, medical staff, a lab that does drug testing and blood testing on site and even a pharmacy to fill prescriptions.
The pharmacy is not open at the Marietta location. Fish is hopeful that the in-house pharmacy will be open in four to six months.
“We are a one-stop shop,” said Fish, talking about BrightView.
BrightView also connects patients with case managers and local agencies. This helps patients find safe housing, transportation, access to food and help finding a job. Fish said this part of the process is important for recovery, because it helps patients keep focus on themselves by taking as much off of their plate as possible.
To find out more about BrightView call 833-510-4357 or visit the website at brightviewhealth.com.
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