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Superior on-site medical services contribute to Headwaters’ renowned reputation as a leader in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. From medical detoxification that is safe and comfortable to the treatment of concurrent medical conditions, the addiction specialists at Headwaters are committed to guiding you, your loved one, or your client on the path to wellness.

Our Florida facility was one of the first to be certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and we remain one of only a few organizations with ASAM level 3.7 accreditation.

Sophisticated Medical Care

We match innovative and evidence-based addiction treatment practices with medical care that is headed by doctors who understand the complexities of addiction and co-occurring conditions such as anxiety and depression. Our multidisciplinary team includes skilled nurses, psychiatrists, and medical doctors who see to each client’s case with thorough and ongoing assessments.

Comprehensive medical services include:

  • Thorough physical evaluations upon admission
  • Continuing evaluations
  • An expert medical team experienced in addiction medicine
  • A staff psychiatrist who prescribes appropriate medication
  • Treatment of chronic pain with non-narcotic medications and other therapies
  • Education about wellness ongoing health management
  • Personalized continuing care plans that include medical care recommendations

Addiction and Health

Substance use disorders can cause or exacerbate chronic and other health issues. Aging and early-onset addiction multiply the risk factor for co-occurring physical and mental illnesses. Alcohol and drug use affects the body in so many adverse ways that addiction-informed medical treatment is often necessary for reversal or reduction of health issues.

Integrated Treatment

Medical conditions occurring alongside addiction must be treated at the same time as addiction, in the same place, with the same team of dedicated professionals. As clients move through detox and residential care, Headwaters’ multidisciplinary team keeps a close eye on both mental and physical health. We thoroughly monitor and address chronic health conditions during each person’s stay. As discharge approaches, our team provides continuing care recommendations for ongoing medical care, with a unique focus on self-care practices related to health and wellness.
Nurses at Headwaters detox

Services Provided

Headwaters’ superior on-site medical services have contributed to our renowned reputation as a leader in addiction treatment. We offer medically managed detox as well as ongoing medical care for comorbid physical conditions. Our medical services are provided by an on-staff medical team of experienced doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists.

Conditions that often appear concurrently with addiction include:

  • Liver disease, including hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Malnutrition
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • HIV/AIDS caused by unsterile needles related to intravenous drug use
  • Kidney disease
  • Bladder disorders

Responsible Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction

Opioid use affects every dimension of a person’s wellbeing, and because opioid use disorders are very difficult to break, many people struggle to make it past the early days of recovery. Medical research definitively indicates that those with opioid addictions – whether to legal or illegal substances – benefit from some form of recovery-oriented medication during the treatment process. We offer buprenorphine for acute withdrawal symptoms and naltrexone for long-term recovery support.

Understanding Providers

Headwaters’ team matches innovative and evidence-based addiction treatment practices with medical care from providers who truly understand addiction. With decades of addiction treatment experience, our Chief Medical Officer understands how addiction impacts the body, mind, and spirit. Our multidisciplinary team of nurses and medical professionals have extensive addiction treatment experience and receive ongoing training to improve their understanding of co-occurring disorders, trauma, and recovery. Each client at Headwaters receives personalized, high-quality care informed specifically by their substance use diagnosis.

Access to Emergency and Specialty Healthcare

If a client in our care needs emergency medical attention — whether due to a preexisting condition or complications that may arise during treatment — Headwaters is conveniently located adjacent to St. Mary’s Medical Center. St. Mary’s offers emergency care as well as a complete range of medical specialties, such as cardiology and critical care.
Address: 933 45th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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