Serving Those Who Served

Henry's Story

For Henry, a former Army sniper, the past was best left in the past, and finding the future required an individual touch.

Struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and heroin use following the end of his Army service, Henry, 53, sought treatment. But the first programs he entered dealt with patients in bulk, and insisted on breaking patients down before building them back up—a course of treatment that did more harm to Henry than good.

“That would be one of my triggers, I don’t need to be destroyed,” he recalled. “In order to open that door, you’re unleashing multiple demons and terror.”

In his final days at a previous treatment center, Henry encountered someone who directed him to Chase Brexton’s substance use program. Once enrolled, the one-on-one counseling he received made the difference. By placing the patient at the center of our care, Chase Brexton Health Care's Intensive Outpatient Program succeeds where other programs may not.

“The first thing I noticed was that Chase Brexton dealt individually,” he said. “Whoever came in the door, they found their weakness and what caused them to use, they focused in on that.”

The three phases of the Intensive Outpatient Program are focused on each individual’s personal needs, not just writing a prescription. In Levels I and II of the program, patients take part in group counseling several times per week, and one-on-one counseling with a specialist once per week. In these sessions, Chase Brexton staff assists patients in self-diagnosing their specific triggers, and offer personalized strategies and coping skills.

Recently, a Level III program was created to assist the most successful patients in relapse prevention. While the group is overseen by a counselor, patients take the lead in assisting each other with after care, Substance Use Manager Mandy Smith said. That approach has been well-received by the patient community.

“We found that people are really excited about it,” Smith explains. “Because we’ve found, once people go through [the program], they love it here, they’re very comfortable.”

Less than one year after beginning treatment with Chase Brexton, Henry graduated into the Level III program and began focusing on relapse prevention. Chase Brexton also assisted him in obtaining dental care, restoring his smile and paving the way for new job opportunities.

He encourages new patients in overcoming their addictions, telling them to “just get off the elevator.”

“To me, it’s like being reborn again,” he said. “All of a sudden I’ve got a new life, I’ve got a chance to make myself better.”