Greenbriar Treatment Center expands in South Strabane
December 11, 2014 12:00 AM
The new Greenbriar detox unit in South Strabane.
By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In response to the growing problem of prescription drug addiction, the Greenbriar Treatment Center is expanding its facility on Manor Drive in South Strabane.
The center last month opened a new, 9,000-square-foot detoxification facility next to an existing inpatient center.
The new facility was nearly filled to capacity within a week of its Nov. 10 opening.
“We originally had a main building where 62 patients could reside for about three weeks, but it wasn’t large enough,” said Greenbriar spokeswoman Vanessa Sebetich. “We had to turn people away.”
The new detox center has 14 beds for people during the toughest parts of treatment for addiction to alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines, such as Valium, she said.
“We wanted to separate them completely from the inpatient folks, because they need a quiet place to concentrate on their treatment,” Ms. Sebetich said. “That’s the time when patients are most vulnerable.”
Operated by the Washington Health System, which also owns Washington Hospital, Greenbriar has 11 locations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, including the two facilities in South Strabane, two halfway houses and seven outpatient centers.
The center has seen a spike in the number of prescription drug and heroin addicts it has treated in recent years, Ms. Sebetich said. In 2013, Greenbriar treated more than 2,000 patients, 51 percent of whom were there for opiate dependency. Another 38 percent were addicted to alcohol and the rest had a variety of addictions.
“Our No. 1 drug of choice for many years was alcohol, and that’s no longer the case,” she said.
The average length of stay for most detox patients is about three-seven days, depending on symptoms, Ms. Sebetich said. Patients are then moved to an inpatient facility for about three weeks before going home or to a halfway house.
Patients with dual diagnoses, such as mental illness and addiction, can also receive treatment through the center.
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