With two locations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and falling under the expansive banner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center provides the full resources of a modern health care system to veterans in 17 counties, spread throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The facility’s main headquarters in Cincinnati has a special behavioral health wing, which includes a substance dependency program that offers inpatient and outpatient services as well as a medical detox.
Accommodations and Food
The inpatient program at Cincinnati VA Medical Center is a 17-bed unit housed on the 8th floor of the facility. The rooms resemble typical hospital quarters, with two rooms accommodating three clients and two rooms housing five clients at a time. There is also one single room, typically reserved for female clients when the other rooms are occupied by men. Furnishings are minimal with shared bathrooms.
Clients can also expect three hot meals served at the facility cafeteria during their three-week stay. Given that the program is relatively short and the days are generally packed with treatment, recreational activities are limited, though the facilities do include an exercise room and clients can also enjoy television breaks and board games during their free time.
Treatment and Staff
For military veterans in need of substance abuse treatment, Cincinnati VA Medical Center provides detox services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Those opting for the residential option are housed in traditional hospital accommodations and can plan on daily visits with a medical doctor and 24/7 nursing care. Because of the typical two- to three-week waiting list for the inpatient program, clients often begin outpatient services after their detox concludes, then move to the inpatient wing when a bed becomes available.
Inpatient treatment consists of busy days with group and individual therapy typically lasting from 8 am to 9 pm with breaks for lunch as well as free periods. These sessions are led by LCDCs and LSWs, though clients also have frequent visits with a medical doctor and nursing staff. Treatment is largely CBT-oriented. Twelve-step recovery is a major foundational tool for recovery with on-site meetings held weekly and transportation provided to off-site meetings. Typically, after the three-week program concludes, clients transition into the facility’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The length of this program is greatly flexible depending on need and clients can expect to work with a case manager for aid in finding employment and housing once their program concludes.
Clients can also expect access to a dual diagnosis program, though visits with the staff psychiatrist only begin during the outpatient phase of their treatment. Medication management is provided and the facility also has a full methadone and Suboxone program.
For clients suffering from the effects of PTSD, Cincinnati VA Medical Center also offers a joint PTSD/Substance Abuse recover program which allows clients in the substance abuse program to complement their treatment with special group and individual sessions that emphasize Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to address this co-occurring issue.
Clients attending the substance abuse program offered at Cincinnati VA Medical Center, a program developed under the larger banner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, can expect a comprehensive set of services, including a medical detox, inpatient care and a corresponding outpatient program. The easily accessible 12-step element, availability of dual diagnosis care as well as Suboxone and Methadone make this facility a viable option for anyone seeking a solid base for sobriety and recovery.
Cincinnati VA Medical Center
3200 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cincinnati VA Medical Center Cost: Covered by veterans benefits or sliding scale. Reach Cincinnati VA Medical Center by phone at (513) 475-635. Find Cincinnati VA Medical Center via U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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