Located just a few miles west of New Haven, in Derby, Connecticut, Griffin Hospital has been serving the area for over 25 years. Its department of psychiatry offers a variety of substance abuse treatment programs. These include inpatient detox, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) using Suboxone, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Griffin also offers dual diagnosis support services for those with co-ocurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
The 14-bed adult psychiatric unit within Griffin Hospital offers short-term inpatient detox and Suboxone induction. The space is not your typical hospital ward. It was designed to meet the Planetree patient care design principles, which focus on humanizing the hospital experience. Every attempt has been made to create a warm, inviting space. This means the detox rooms are comfortably furnished with full-sized beds, there is carpet on the floors, art on the walls and plenty of natural light. Both private and semi-private rooms—shared with one roommate—are available. There is an entertainment lounge with a huge TV and a large saltwater aquarium. This part of the unit is designed to encourage social interaction and the involvement of family in treatment.
The unit has a residential-style kitchen and dining room. A hospital nutritionist creates the menu, so dietary needs are addressed.
Treatment and Staff
Inpatient detox at Griffin typically lasts five to seven days and is packaged with an outpatient relapse prevention program. There are two types of detox—one for those whose goal is to be completely drug- or alcohol-free and the other for those in need of MAT. The latter is for opiate addicts and involves Suboxone induction, in conjunction with an outpatient maintenance program. Detox in combination with medication management is also made available to adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.
For clients who need more than outpatient therapy, Griffin offers a PHP and an IOP. Both tracks meet three days a week, for three hours per day. Clinicians run group CBT sessions and there are a maximum of 12 clients per group. IOP is available from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Clients in the PHP are assigned to group sessions with IOP clients and also have three hours of individual therapy per week with a counselor.
Griffin always has at least two certified chemical dependency counselors and four to five clinicians on staff at the substance abuse treatment wing and a medical doctor visits weekly. Clients can arrange to see the doctor more often, if needed.
Apart from the programs for substance abuse and behavioral health, Griffin also offers a crisis intervention service.
Traditional therapeutic approaches are enhanced with complimentary services such as art therapy, journaling, yoga, aromatherapy, relaxation and spirituality groups. Some additional fees may apply.
Griffin Hospital is a well-established, hi-tech and very active organization. Its substance abuse treatment services cover all the basics in dealing with chemical dependency and those who need a more intensive level of treatment than simple outpatient, but are not seeking residential treatment, may find a great match in Griffin.
130 Division St
Derby, CT 06418
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