Wheeler Offers Access to Opioid, Alcohol Treatment Options and Resources Across Central Connecticut

Mar 15, 2016

Wheeler logo with taglinePLAINVILLE, Conn. – (March 15, 2016) –Wheeler Clinic now offers a medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol abuse at four locations in central Connecticut. An initial clinical evaluation is available without an appointment. 

When combined with counseling, extended-release injectable Naltrexone is an effective evidence-based treatment that allows patients to stay abstinent longer, experience fewer cravings, and decrease their chances of relapse.  Non-habit-forming, it works by blocking the effects of opioids and the pleasurable feelings produced by drinking.

“We are in the midst of a significant increase in opiate use that is cutting across all geographic and demographic lines. Alcohol is already, by far, the most widely abused substance in our country,” says Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer of Wheeler. “The devastating impact of addiction has been in local, state and national spotlights.  It’s critical for individuals and families to know that there are effective treatment options and recovery is possible.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin use has more than doubled among young adults ages 18-25 in the past decade, and nearly half of those who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.  The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.  

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths in the United States each year. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2013, 24.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.

Extended-release Naltrexone treatment includes monthly administration of the medication by injection and counseling services based on the individual’s needs. Treatment is covered by Medicaid for eligible individuals and is also covered by many commercial insurances, subject to a co-pay or deductible.  

Wheeler offers extended-release Naltrexone treatment at four locations offering Wheeler’s open access model of care.  An initial evaluation is available without an appointment, and subsequent treatment is also scheduled at that time. 
  • 999 Asylum Avenue, Hartford
  • 75 North Mountain Road, New Britain
  • 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville
  • Wheeler’s Health and Wellness Center, 10 North Main Street, Bristol.

Wheeler provides a comprehensive array of addiction and behavioral health care for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, including prevention, outpatient recovery, care facilitation and intensive in-home programs. Medication-assisted treatment is part of Wheeler’s Center of Excellence in Addiction, which draws on the core principles from the standards established by the National Council on Behavioral Health to promote excellence in behavioral health care and treatment:
  • cutting-edge clinical innovation through evidence-based practices;
  • world-class customer care;
  • easy access to services;
  • culturally, gender-, and age-responsive care;
  • excellent outcomes; and
  • high customer satisfaction.

To make an appointment, please call Wheeler’s Navigation Center at 860-793-3500 (Toll-free: 800-793-3500).  

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Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health and growth at all stages of life.  Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes and hopeful tomorrows for more than 30,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: www.wheelerclinic.org.

John Sponauer
Vice President of Communications
860.793.4450 (Office)