Rare Hospital-Based Treatment Program Helps People Beat Addiction
(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Merritt Peralta Institute (MPI) for chemical dependency treatment has helped more than 15,000 people since its founding in 1979. At 40 years old, MPI is the oldest hospital-based addiction detoxification and treatment program in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hospital-based treatment means that the MPI staff is able to treat people for drug and/or alcohol addiction who also have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
“There are only six hospital-based inpatient treatment centers like ours in all of California,” says Terry Arnold, MPI program manager. “Having access to a doctor and 24-hour nursing care makes our program unusual. We take a lot of pride in providing comprehensive care to our participants and we look forward to offering these services for many more decades to come.”
MPI is a voluntary treatment program that provides comprehensive treatment for addiction with the caring, ongoing support and medical attention needed to understand the disease of chemical dependency and make the transition to recovery.
“What has set our program apart over the last 40 years is our highly trained staff who have dedicated themselves to care for our participants and their families,” says Arnold.
To meet the diverse needs of MPI clients over the years, the 24-bed program has expanded access to accommodate more participants dealing with addiction to opioids and other pain killers.
“Over the last 15 years, we have seen a large increase in opioid addiction, with 25 percent of our program participants now receiving care for it,” adds Arnold. “I’m proud of how our program has evolved and accommodated to meet the demand.”
Addiction-Free Pain Management
At MPI, opiate-addicted people with chronic physical pain learn alternative techniques to dealing with it, including the use of non-addictive medications and acupuncture, guided imagery, hypnosis and restorative yoga.
MPI is a full-service addiction treatment program which offers:
- medically-supervised detoxification
- inpatient and residential rehabilitation
- day treatment
- morning and evening intensive outpatient programs
- comprehensive family program
- continuing care services to offer the support needed to stay in recovery
- complementary therapies like yoga, acupuncture and NeuroAdvantage—a drug-free technology used to train the nervous system to activate a relaxation response
Clinical Excellence and
Tailored Treatment Plans
MPI is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). To achieve this certification, MPI demonstrates that it conforms to rigorous and internationally-recognized standards.
Each MPI participant works directly with the medical staff and chemical dependency counselors to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and preferences.
Recovery can begin the moment you are ready to stop the cycle of addiction and reclaim your life. To schedule an assessment interview at MPI or for more information, call 510-652-7000.