Addictions Unit for Co-occurring Disorders (COD)
Internationally renowned, the Saint John Vianney Center is re-founding its long tradition of treating addictions in all of its forms. Founded in 1946, our focus in the treatment of clergy and religious with alcoholism and addictions is the longest tradition of such healing in North America. We are proud of this standard of excellence. We are also proud to announce an exciting and new development in creating more innovative programs for clergy and religious.
As part of our new strategic plan initiative and in consultation with many of our referring dioceses and religious orders, our "Addictions Unit" continues to address the pressing need of co-occurring disorders of addiction(s) with mental illness. Our updated and comprehensive evidence-based Addictions Unit addresses both substance and process addictions.
Substance addictions seem fairly well known in our society. However, it is exceedingly rare to see alcoholism or one substance addiction(s) anymore. Hence, the present need to adapt and respond to, current treatment modalities. It is based not only on the most recent research but also the changing needs of religious and clergy who serve in the Church today. A "process" addiction refers to any compulsive behavior that involves an action that, on its own, is not physically addictive - such as the internet, gambling, food, over-spending or sex. The lack of a physical addiction separates this condition from chemical abuse but "process" addictions can still be very harmful, and should not go untreated.
Our Addictions Unit and program is based on the consultation and work of nationally known and recognized experts in the co-occurring disorders field. It provides for the treatment needs of those experiencing substance addictions - such as drug and alcohol abuse as well as those struggling with internet, sex, gambling, over-spending, and compulsive eating addictions. The unit is closely integrated with our medical services that provide 24-hour nursing services and ongoing physician consultations.
Most importantly, the Addictions Unit relies on our rich tradition of spiritual and pastoral care. Secular and independent research is confirming the 2,000 year tradition of the Church! The personal and spiritual journey of recovery is inextricably linked to physical and mental well-being. We are quite proud of our staff, lay and religious, who faithfully serve her mission of healing and hope.
We also believe that our staff which includes religious priests, diocesan clergy and religious sisters, serve our residents in a unique way and add significantly to this unit and its success. We also know through our experience and through solid research that daily prayer, re-learning the power of meditation, the sacraments, and a strong and healthy spiritual life with the hallmark intimate relationship with a loving God is the only lifeline to hope, recovery, healing, and reconciliation.
For referrals, questions, help or more information about our services, please contact Fr. James Flavin, Director of Clinical Operations, 1- 610-269-2600, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.