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Chemical Dependency

Kootenai Health's Behavioral Health provides the most comprehensive chemical dependency treatment in the region.

This delivery system encompasses a broad range of psychiatric and chemical dependency services. Admission is voluntary and the level of care is individually determined. Addiction is a family illness and treatment for the family is essential. Our family program offers counseling and education and is an important part of our overall treatment approach.

Chemical dependency affects major areas of a person's life including physical, psychological, emotional, social, vocational, family and spiritual aspects. Recovery is based on a desire to stop using substances, such as alcohol and illicit drugs, which serve as a means to cope with stressors. The journey begins by abstaining from the use of drugs and alcohol. It continues during treatment with learning new behaviors that support a lifestyle of sobriety.

Adult Chemical Dependency Inpatient Program

The adult chemical dependency program is a 15-bed intensive inpatient program providing a medical model of rehabilitation. This 21-day program focuses on addiction, education, spirituality, relapse prevention skills and client and family strengths to assist the client in continued sobriety. Therapies include group, individual, family and education.

The chemical dependency team consists of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, master's level counselors, as well as certified chemical dependency counselors (CCDCs). It is not uncommon for individuals to be living and coping with more than one problem. It is the practice of our chemical dependency treatment team to work closely with other community agencies which help us better meet an individual's needs.

Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Services

Intensive outpatient services (IOP) are available for adults (ages 18 and older). This comprehensive treatment approach includes a thorough assessment, which provides the basis for goal-oriented treatment planning. Group meetings are offered four nights weekly. Topics include relapse prevention, family issues, addiction education and 12-step work in both co-ed and gender-specific formats.