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Chemical Dependency

The mission of the Division of Chemical Dependency is to promote and improve the provision of medical care to patients with substance abuse and co-morbid medical conditions through:

  • The creation and dissemination of knowledge related to the medical care of individuals with substance abuse.
  • The development, maintenance and evaluation of innovative programs related to the care of individuals with substance abuse.
  • The mentorship of current and future clinicians in providing sensitive expert care to individuals with substance abuse.

The division is comprised of three main clinical services:

  • Chemical Dependency Unit (CDU)
    The Chemical Dependency Unit (CDU) is a 26-bed inpatient unit that provides comprehensive medical detoxification services for patients using alcohol or opiates. While on the unit, patients prepare for the next steps in their recovery.
  • Outpatient Chemical Dependency Unit
    The Outpatient Chemical Dependency Unit provides three- to five-day ambulatory detoxification. While in the program, patients prepare for the next steps in their recovery.
  • Comprehensive Care Practice (CCP)
    The Comprehensive Care Practice (CCP) is a primary care clinic that offers a full range of primary care services. Providers in the practice have extensive expertise in treatment of HIV positive patients and also in the treatment of addictions.

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Division Leadership

Michael Fingerhood, M.D., FACP
Division Director

Debra Blunt
Division Administrator

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