Published on February 04, 2020

Substance Use Disorder Program Launches at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s – Baxter Clinic

Essentia Health is providing non-judgmental care for patients with substance use disorder through a new clinic-based Substance Use Disorder Program, including providing medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone®.

“We have recognized a need for the prevention, early intervention, treatment and long-term recovery for our patients and families suffering from the chronic disease of substance use disorder in the communities we serve,” shares Dr. Shiela Klemmetsen. “Additionally, we recognize substance use disorder visits may require a lot of time, resources, care coordination, and teamwork.”

“Our program was created to screen and diagnose, provide a standard treatment for substance use disorder, connect patients to community resources, and help augment the care for our patients alongside his/her regular provider,” Dr. Klemmetsen said. “We are open to seeing any patient who has concerns about substance use disorder such as Opiates, methamphetamines, alcohol, marijuana, vaping, and tobacco. We are here to help provide care to patients, be a resource for our colleagues and partner with our community to reduce the harm and afflictions of addiction.”

This clinic-based program provides a complementing service to the FOCUS program for in-patient treatment at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. The FOCUS program, which stands for Facility Offering Care Understanding and Serenity, has been an established Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center chemical dependency program since 1984. FOCUS is dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of addicted individuals and to helping families affected by the use of alcohol or other mood-altering chemicals.

No one should struggle with addiction alone. Get help if drugs and alcohol:

  • Interfere with your daily activities
  • Impact your quality of life
  • Affect your emotional, physical, and mental health
  • Lead to withdrawal symptoms
  • Affect your relationships
  • Cause financial or legal problems

If you’re concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, talk to them about your concerns or contact Essentia for support.

Patients do not need a referral for the Substance Use Disorder Program and can call Jessica Schwartz, Program Coordinator at 218.205.0277 to make an appointment. To learn more about the FOCUS Chemical Dependency Inpatient Program, call 218.828.7374.

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