Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest was founded in 2006 in Bakersfield, California—a Central California city roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
With a continuum of care for substance abuse, GSHS offers detox, outpatient and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse treatment as well as dual-diagnosis support for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders. Recovery at GSHS uses CBT and the 12-step model of recovery.
Treatment and Staff
The intake process at GSHS begins with a one-on-one interview with a counselor. If the counselor believes that the client needs a higher level of care than outpatient, they are referred to an outside residential program.
If the client is unstable, they are checked into GSHS’s medical detox—a three-to-five day program for alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines. Clients stay in GSHS’s psychiatric inpatient wing—a facility with 12 beds designated for detox. This program includes group counseling, withdrawal treatment and exercise groups. Those with co-occurring disorders are treated by a staff psychologist. The program uses Suboxone treatment for clients who are recovering from opiate addiction.
GSHS’s IOP lasts for eight weeks and incorporates both group and individual therapy. Group meetings are held three times a week, are three hours in duration and are led by a CADC. Group size is typically eight to 12 clients. The counselors use CBT and topics include dependency education and relapse prevention. Individual counseling sessions are scheduled independently based upon the needs of the client.
The IOP follows a 12-step model and clients are required to attend four outside AA/NA meetings per week. Clients are also regularly administered breathalyzer and urine tests while enrolled.
GSHS offers a specialized dual-diagnosis IOP which supports individuals with co-occurring disorders. This track meets for three-to-five days a week (depending on the needs of the client). Meetings are three hours long and lunch and transportation are provided. Clients in the dual diagnosis IOP also see a psychologist on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.
Both IOP tracks allow clients access to medical staff within the GSHS system including psychiatrists, registered nurses, LSWs and mental health workers. IOP programs have CADCs and one rehab specialist on staff.
Good Samaritan offers a family program consisting of a group meeting once a week with the client and their family members. The meeting focuses on educating family members on substance abuse issues, co-dependency and triggers. Individual meetings for family members are also available upon request.
Clients who complete the IOP can continue their recovery with GSHS by participating in a free-of-charge aftercare program that lasts for a year. Clients meet once a week for group sessions.
Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest provides a continuum of care–from clinical detox to IOP to aftercare. The specialized dual-diagnosis IOP provides clients struggling with mental health issues in tandem with substance abuse focused care for their unique needs. With a broad range of medical, behavioral health and aftercare programs, GSHS clients create a firm foundation of sobriety to help them transition smoothly back into life after the IOP.
Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest
5201 White Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93309
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