Detox Is Just The Beginning: Bill Denihan, ADAMHSCC
Greg interviews Bill Denihan, CEO of ADAMHS, Cuyahoga County. The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County serves residents who need help in these areas. Bill talks to Greg about the process of detox and what must happen afterward to ensure a successful recovery.
Bill talks about the high demand for detox services. This situation leads to some clients being turned away, even when they need detox treatment. “All too often, our providers [have to] say, ‘we can’t do it today. Why don’t you come back in a few weeks?’”
“Getting a person into detox is critical,” Bill says. “After we get them into detox, they need long-term sober bed treatment.” Bill discusses how in the past, the practice as to provide 30 days of treatment, then send the person home—right back to the location where they became addicted. “Addicts need long-term sober beds,” he says, “between 9 and 18 months. It’s not just 30 days or 60 days. It’s a long time, when they learn a lifestyle and learn to have the confidence that they can live without that addiction on a day-to-day basis.”