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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)

Our SATP provides high quality treatment to patients with psychoactive substance use disorders using both VA and community resources to create a full continuum of care.

Our SATP Services include:

Outpatient Treatment:

We provide a highly structured, sequential 14-16 week group treatment for veterans who have sufficient resources to function in the community while receiving outpatient care.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment:

The intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program (IOP) is designed for veterans who do not require residential treatment, however need more services and coaching than provided in traditional outpatient treatment.  IOP is a 90 day program where the veteran will attend up to 20 plus hours of clinical programming.  IOP is based on the Matrix Model which is an evidenced based model incorporating the Recovery Model with Early Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention.  In addition, the veteran will have experience with MET, CBT, 12-step and family therapy.

Opiate Substitution Clinic (OSC):

Suboxone is a morphine derivative that has a milder opiate effect than morphine or methadone.  It can reduce cravings for opiates and relieve withdrawal symptoms for some dependent opiate users.  Suboxone prevents the pleasurable high from heroin.  These drugs are more helpful if they are part of a treatment program including a supportive network, counseling, and lifestyle changes. Regular outpatient contact with our specialist counselor will help you through difficult issues and problems.

Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program:

We provide a supportive residential environment with around the clock staff coverage while the Veteran is receiving Substance Abuse Treatment.  The 28- day substance abuse residential rehabilitative treatment program is based on evidenced based therapies such as Motivation Enhancement Therapy, 12-step therapist led counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family/significant other involvement.  Length of stay is 28 days with aftercare/discharge planning.  Veterans reside in our Domiciliary (building 102) during this program.

Aftercare/Continuing Care:

We provide individual and group therapy, support, and education to patients who have completed our outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs.  We ask veterans in SATP service to make a commitment to themselves that they will remain in Aftercare for 90 days upon completing their initial phase of treatment.  Research points to more success in recovery efforts when a person engages in continued treatment and recovery activities.   We also encourage veterans to join our SATP vet to vet /Peer Alumni.

SATP Vet 2 Vet Peer Recovery Support Groups:

SATP staff and Vet 2 vet peers look forward to your participation in the Vet 2 Vet groups.  You can share your recovery experiences and listen to others to learn from their experience.  Please discuss your interest in Vet 2 Vet with your SATP counselor as a way to join this support group.

Specialty SATP Areas:

SATP programs are designed to address particular problem areas and/or patients with very specific treatment needs. The specialty areas are provided on Residential and an outpatient basis and may include halfway housing placement in the community if needed. 
• Opiate Substitution Clinic (OSC)
• Dual Diagnosis/Homelessness Treatment
There are several ways in which a Veteran can apply to one of our Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. Veterans who are either hospitalized or being treated as an outpatient at one of our locations can be referred for an evaluation by their physician or social worker. Veterans may also apply directly for admission through our Admitting Office or by calling SATP directly and requesting an evaluation appointment.

All patients are evaluated prior to admission.  Evaluations are conducted Monday through Friday and appointments can be made by calling 727-398-6661 or 1-888-820-0230, ext. 15618 or 14676.

For additional information on our Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, please contact (727) 398-6661 or 1-888-820-0230 extension 15898.