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CHI St. Vincent addiction program

Published April 8, 2021

CHI St. Vincent has opened the first addiction recovery program in Arkansas that offers integrated outpatient and inpatient services. The new program, located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, is in partnership with Bradford Health Services.

“The opioid crisis was a pandemic ravaging our communities long before anyone had even heard of COVID-19 and our healing ministry has long felt called to provide support to Arkansans suffering from addiction and other addictive diseases,” said chief medical officer Dr. Gerry Jones. “For too long, the health care infrastructure has struggled to get them and their families the full continuum of care they need to help them overcome these challenges. Now, with our partners at Bradford Health Services, we’re able to make that compassionate care possible in a setting appropriate to the needs of our patients.”

The dedicated space includes suites for 30 residential patients and 10 detox spaces, operated by a staff trained in addiction treatment. The program will serve people with drug, alcohol, food and other substance addictions.

“In the past, we have too often thought of addiction in the wrong way. Now we know it is no different from diabetes or COPD. There is no quick and easy solution. It is a health issue that requires ongoing maintenance and care,” Bradford Health Services CEO Mike Rickman said.

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