VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The past two years have been stressful for many people and many have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope.
Although there is a push in Washington DC to expand federal treatment programs, local centers are taking a start-up approach in the field.
The Crossroads Treatment Center has several locations in our area and the people who work there say the focus now needs to be on mental health and substance use disorders. They said that more often than not the two go hand in hand, which is why their approach combines medication, counselling, drug testing and a referral network.
As they continue to battle rising drug overdose rates, Crossroads Children’s Physician Trey Causey said: “I think the next thing we’ll probably do, and that’s in all of our centers, is really to look to expand the services that we’re offering to start offering both some mental health services and even some primary care services as we have through next year.”
These services include treatment for depression and anxiety and all of these will occur where patients are already receiving treatment.
Mary Alvarez, program supervisor, said the convention will make all the difference.
“For us to be able to offer these services to patients where it’s kind of like they come here, they can be treated for anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders, that’s fantastic I think. that they will actually get the treatment that they need, because everything is fine there,” she said. “Addiction tends to go hand in hand with mental health. Patients are anxious, you know, especially when they come into treatment for the first time, you know, it’s something they’re afraid of, they don’t do it. I do not feel good. So they get very anxious.
Alvarez said that to receive mental health services, you don’t need to be a current patient or being treated for a substance use disorder.
“We are open to anyone for depression and anxiety treatment, all they need to do is call 1-800-805-6989 which connects them to our patient engagement services “Then they kind of go through a mini-assessment to see exactly what they need. Then they make an appointment with our mental health doctor, and it’s literally 100% Zoom,” he said. she declared.
You can contact the Crossroads Processing Center by clicking here.