BRENTWOOD, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spero Health, a CARF-accredited, community-based organization and national leader specializing in outpatient addiction treatment of substance use disorders, has announced the opening of an additional clinic in West Tennessee. The Memphis Spero Health Clinic, located at 920 Estate Drive, Suite 8, will open its doors to welcome new patients on Friday, November 15th. Individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to call 901-302-9532 today to schedule an appointment or walk-into treatment on November 15th.
Spero Health is enrolled with TennCare and accepting Medicaid as well as select commercial insurance plans to ensure access to care is not an issue.
Dr. Dustin Inman, who is board-certified in Family Medicine and board-eligible in Addiction Medicine, will be the lead physician at this clinic. A graduate of UT Memphis Medical School, Dr. Inman completed his residency in Jackson at the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Center where he was the Chief resident in the 2004 class.
In Memphis there were 854 opioid related emergency department visits in 2018 and over 600 deaths involving opioids between 2013-2017, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Tennessee remains in the top of all states in drug overdose deaths. Recently, there’s been an increase in polysubstance use as drugs like methamphetamine are on the rise. Across the country, more and more opioid users say they now use meth as well, up from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017, according to a study published last year in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Steve Priest, Spero Health’s CEO said, “Thousands of patients have turned to Spero Health for help as they begin their recovery journey, and we feel it is critical for Memphis and the surrounding area to have access to local, affordable, high-quality care as the numbers of individuals who die from addiction-related disease continues to worsen. This epidemic is a multisystem issue touching individuals, families, schools, agencies, and employers locally, regionally and nationally.” Priest added, “Our approach is designed to provide rapid access to care in order to treat this chronic disease, making it possible to see patients the very same day they seek treatment. We believe by acting quickly, and building strong community partnerships, we can be a part of the solution to the growing epidemic locally.”
Speaking about Spero Health, Dr. Inman said, “Addiction is a complex disease and requires a specially trained team who can provide both physical and behavioral healthcare services. Spero Health is unique in that we blend both physical and behavioral services under one roof, making it possible to tailor treatment plans based on the unique needs of the patient. Doing this in an outpatient setting close to home means individuals can remain in their communities and continue working and caring for their families while receiving addiction treatment care.”