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The Climb

Understanding the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care

Jun 5, 2019 2:20:53 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, intensive outpatient program, sober living home, program development, residential treatment center


Ascension Recovery Services offers program development services for individuals and hospital systems that are creating substance use disorder treatment programs. One of the main questions that our clients ask is, “Which service should I offer?” 

To answer this question, it is important to understand which services are appropriate for an individual, the location of the services and a client’s budget. Seeking treatment is the first step in beginning the road to recovery for substance use disorder, but it can be confusing to know where to start. With different levels of care, it is necessary to understand which one is appropriate for an individual’s situation and needs. The continuum of care includes services such as:

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • General Outpatient 
  • Sober Living
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National Accreditation: Setting Your Business Apart

May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in program development


What sets your organization apart? At Ascension, we believe that receiving national accreditation can be the deciding factor on helping your business stand out. Read on to learn why.

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What Are the Signs of a Drug Overdose?

Apr 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, Addiction, Overdose


The cause of a drug overdose is either by accidental overdose or by intentional misuse. According to the National Vital Statistics System, in 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Read on to learn about signs of a drug overdose.

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Reintegrate Appalachia Awarded Grant From Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Power Initiative

Apr 3, 2019 11:32:13 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in re-employment initiative


Reintegrate Appalachia (Reintegrate), a workforce reemployment initiative for those in early recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), was awarded a multi-year grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Initiative in February 2019. Reintegrate is a collaborative effort between West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), Coalfield Development Corporation (Coalfield) and is supported by West Virginia University Health Sciences Center (WVU HSC).

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Addiction Treatment Program Development: WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing

Mar 27, 2019 10:09:56 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, Addiction Recovery, intensive outpatient program, program development, residential treatment center


On March 4, 2019, WVU Medicine launched its new facility the WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing, a medically managed withdrawal stabilization and residential treatment center for individuals affected by substance use disorders (SUD).

WVU Medicine and the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry already offer a comprehensive menu of outpatient services for people with SUD, and the addition of withdrawal management and 28-day rehabilitation completes the in-house continuum of care for these disorders. The Center is a 29,305 square-foot addiction treatment facility that offers 12 beds for subacute medically managed withdrawal residential care and 30 beds for residential care up to 28 days.

Ascension Recovery Services was honored to work with WVU Medicine, WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry to help develop this program.Read on to learn more about the residential treatment center, and how Ascension helped.

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Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, intervention


Is drug addiction considered a mental illness? Addiction disturbs the brain, which then challenges an individual's needs and desires replacing them with new priorities like procuring substances to use. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, lists criteria for SUDs, as well as distinguishes the differences of severity levels of substance misuse.

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Enabling Behavior: Are You Enabling Your Child?

Feb 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, Addiction


If your child is using substances (drugs and alcohol), you may have been told that there are certain things you do for them are “enabling.” This can be hard because all you want to do is help them.

Read on to learn about what enabling is, signs of enabling and how to break the cycle.

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How to Get a Behavioral Health License

Feb 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center


Working to get a behavioral health license from your home state can be an arduous task. Doing this type of work involves a strict adherence to state regulation and code so that you can be granted the license. It is easy to get lost in all of the red tape that goes along with pursuing a behavioral health license.

Ascension has created a universal approach to addressing state requirements, adjusting policies and procedures to meet those requirements and uses good business sense to create a profitable and effective treatment program.

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Addiction Questions We Receive from Caregivers

Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction


At Ascension, we get many frequently asked questions from families about their loved ones who
are suffering from substance use disorder. We also see common situations that families find
themselves in.

First and foremost, it is our goal to help the loved one affected by SUD receive treatment, but we know that there can be many steps before we get there like setting boundaries and developing positive family relationships.

Learn more about common situations we see.

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Peer Recovery Coaches: Mentorship in Monitoring

Jan 9, 2019 2:06:35 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in monitoring services


Once a person suffering from addiction has gone through treatment, he or she may need additional after-care treatment in the form of monitoring services. Monitoring services can help a person in recovery develop positive family relationships, transition into a supportive living environment like a sober living home, foster accountability and more.

At Ascension, we believe mentorship within a monitoring program can increase the chances of an individual’s lifelong sobriety. Continue reading to learn about these services and hear from our Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs) and mentees.

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