New Vision™ Medical Stabilization Service
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
When faced with a drug or alcohol addiction, the idea of “detox” is the last thing many are willing to consider. But it is the first thing they need in order to begin on the road to recovery. With medical options available and an ongoing desire to remain free of the stronghold of substance abuse, many individuals can resume and maintain healthy lifestyles. Inpatient medical stabilization services are now available at St Petersburg General Hospital for adults ages 18 and older who are currently using or experiencing acute withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.
St Petersburg General Hospital has contracted with SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri for a medical stabilization service called New Vision™.
Medical stabilization is the process by which withdrawal symptoms are medically managed in a hospital setting. It can be dangerous to suddenly stop using alcohol or some drugs without proper medical support, especially for individuals who have been using for a long period of time. Medical stabilization makes the process of withdrawal more comfortable, thereby improving the odds for a successful recovery. New Vision™ is for people with drug, alcohol and health related issues and accepts appropriate patients who are experiencing incapacitation due to substance use or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms. The service consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization which typically lasts 3 to 5 days. The inpatient stay includes the following aspects:
- Medical Stabilization
- Appropriate Discharge Planning
- Referrals to rehabilitation and counseling services
New Vision™ has a fully qualified treatment team which includes a Medical Director and nursing personnel who utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach in the individualized treatment of each patient. Upon admission to the hospital, the patient is assessed and a medical history, physical, a complete laboratory workup and a nursing assessment are accomplished. Patients, who are under the influence of chemical substances and / or other medical co morbidities, will be closely observed and stabilized. The hospital accepts appropriate patients who are experiencing problems and incapacitation due to substance use and/or abuse, or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from cessation or use of certain substances.
The service accepts most Insurance, Medicaid and Medicare plans. To find out more information, please call 727-341-4913. Our office is open 8am- 5pm, Sunday through Saturday Eastern Standard Time (EST). If you would like to submit your request online 24 hours a day/7 days a week, please fill out our online form by clicking on the link below. Someone will get back to you within 24 hours..
There is Hope
If I Die Young Program
Every day seven Floridians die from prescription drug overdoses. In 2010, Pinellas County had the most deaths at 249 (up 60 from the year before). ABC Action News (Ch 11) and The Tampa Bay Times documented the struggles of two families trying to find help and answers for their daughters and their addictions. They followed these two young women for over a year through their downward spiral into drug addiction, drug court and tenuous recoveries. This 60 minute documentary entitled If I Die Young was a powerful program that aired on Friday, July 13 and again on Sunday, July 15 and was sponsored solely by St. Petersburg General Hospital, to promote our one-of-a-kind service in Tampa Bay called New Vision™. See our commercial in the video library. Many calls were answered at the hospital during the airing of the shows and the response was incredible --continuing today, evidence that there is a tremendous need for this service in our community.