PCC’s Chemical Dependency Clinic provides compassionate treatment for adults, including pregnant patients, with substance abuse and opioid use disorders. This includes any type of substance use, including heroin, prescription pain medication, alcohol, cigarettes, and other substances.
PCC identifies substance use disorders as a chronic disease that must be managed over a patient’s lifetime. We utilize a harm-reduction approach to treatment, with the goal to meet the patient where they are in their recovery process and set goals as part of a collaborative team that includes the patient as the primary member of that team.
This program was created in response to the growing epidemic of opiate use on the West Side of Chicago. PCC uses a team-based approach to treatment, including medical, behavioral health, and care management support for the opiate dependent patient.
We currently offer induction treatment for opioid use disorders at the Chemical Dependency Clinic. Maintenance treatment can be received at PCC locations where staff are qualified to prescribe these medications. Patients and non-patients can come to the Chemical Dependency Clinic for immediate treatment.
PCC accepts many major health plans as well as Medicaid and Medicare. PCC also offers a sliding fee discount program for patients who do not have insurance. PCC provides health care to everyone, and no one is denied services because of inability to pay.
Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
The main reason someone would need treatment is if their use of alcohol or other drugs is affecting their daily functioning. This might include decreased work performance, interference with the ability to take care of their family, or worsening health issues.
Suboxone is a prescription medication used for the treatment of opioid dependence. Suboxone is a sublingual film comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is the preferred method of administration for buprenorphine because naloxone decreases the abuse potential of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is used for the treatment of pregnant patients.
Suboxone must be prescribed by a physician with a Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) Waiver.
Vivitrol, a one month naltrexone intramuscular injection, is a prescription medication used for the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence. Daily oral naltrexone has been used widely for the treatment of alcohol dependence, but poses challenges to patients managing multiple psychosocial stressors. Vivitrol allows for increased compliance and better health outcomes because the responsibility of daily dosing is removed.
Vivitrol can be administered by a physician, nurse, or medical assistant after completing a training with a Vivitrol representative.
PCC’s High Risk Obstetrics Clinic provides treatment for pregnant adults who use heroin, alcohol, or opioid prescription medications. PCC identifies substance use disorders as a chronic disease that must be managed over a patient’s lifetime. Therefore, we treat without judgment and use a harm-reduction approach to best improve the health of the mother and child.
PCC uses a team-based approach to treatment, including medical, behavioral health, and care management support for the opiate dependent patient. Pregnant patients will come to the office for regular prenatal care, including ultrasound. Throughout the pregnancy, the patient will also receive medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine, a prescription medication. PCC's family medicine physicians provide medical care while our behavioral health consultants offer group and individual counseling. Care coordinators are also available to help patients with appointments, specialists, referrals, and other needs. Mothers will deliver their babies with a PCC physician at West Suburban Medical Center.
After the delivery, patients can continue to receive substance use treatment at PCC. Newborns and parents can continue with primary care as well, if they would like.
Young children and teens may have different needs for their behavioral health care. Our behavioral health consultants are experienced working with younger patients as well as their families. Care is integrated with medical care, so a young patient can easily visit both their primary care provider and a behavioral health consultant in the same place.
Social workers can talk to children and teens about feelings, stress, and coping skills. If needed, patients can work with our psychiatric providers as well.
Contact us for more information.Contact: Amanda Brooks, LCSW, CADC, Director of Behavioral HealthPhone: 773-378-3347, Ext. 4283.
You can also ask your provider for more information at your next medical appointment.