The Hartford Dispensary is a Connecticut-based facility that offers medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opiate dependence. Originally founded as a private non-profit medical and dental facility in 1871, Hartford changed their scope of practice to treat addiction during the Heroin epidemic in the 1960s. Now operating nine facilities, services are available in Norwich, New London, New Britain, Willimantic, Bristol and Manchester. In addition to outpatient substance abuse treatment, Hartford offers a wide range of additional mental health services to assist clients in their journey towards sobriety.
Treatment and Staff
In order to enroll in the substance abuse program at Hartford Dispensary, individuals must attend the open enrollment hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 am. Potential clients are assessed for their needs and current state of mental health. Individuals who are prescribed benzodiazepines or other pain medications are not accepted unless they are willing to provide a letter of discontinuation from their primary care physician. Clients must bring with them two pieces of mail, a form of identification and their social security card. Once accepted, they begin treatment immediately and begin receiving doses of Suboxone. Treatment is designed based on a monthly schedule and clients typically attend and dose for one to three months. Individualized treatment allows for scheduling flexibility and the ability to continue to meet personal responsibilities.
Over the course of a month, clients must attend and complete four to five group therapy sessions at the facility. Groups are facilitated by CASACs and provide clients with relapse prevention techniques, psycho-education courses and the opportunity to develop supportive bonds with other clients. Twelve step fellowship meetings are highly recommended but not required. All clients must attend one individual therapy session per month with their primary counselor. A psychiatrist is on the property twice per week to provide additional support for clients and medication management services.
Hartford offers dual diagnosis support for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis clients are seen by the staff psychiatrist for additional assessments and prescriptions if needed. Special women’s support groups are also offered so that female clients feel more comfortable in a group environment.
Hartford Clinic offers a wide range of referrals and community resources including acupuncture, 12-step meetings and more intensive treatment facilities for clients who require additional care. Testing and treatment for infectious diseases like Hepatitis, AIDS/HIV as well as vaccines is offered through all facilities.
The Hartford Dispensary provides medication-assisted basic outpatient treatment through nine facilities in Connecticut. Clients can take advantage of a continuum of care that consists of group therapy, individual therapy and medication management. A clinical staff of counselors, psychiatrists and mental health professionals work to provide clients with a space to heal and recover from their opiate addiction.
Hartford Dispensary Location
12-14 Weston St
Hartford, CT 06106
Hartford Dispensary Cost
$200 (30 days). Reach Hartford Dispensary by phone at (860) 827-3313. Find Hartford Dispensary on Facebook
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