BRENTWOOD, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spero Health has announced the opening of a new addiction treatment clinic in Monticello, Kentucky as it quickly responds to the growing need for outpatient community-based services as overdose deaths reach an all-time high. CARF-accredited, Spero Health is a national leader in providing care for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and will bring affordable, high quality addiction treatment services through a combination of telehealth and in-person visit options. Located at 1520 North Main Street, the new Monticello clinic opened its doors June 9th and joins a growing network of more than 55 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, and Virginia providing care for more than 9,000 patients each month. Spero Health accepts Kentucky Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. Individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to walk-in for help or can call 606-753-6013 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Drug overdose deaths rose nationwide by 29% during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Kentucky ranked third among states in the increase of such deaths, according to new federal data. The latest data from the Center for Disease Control reported more than 81,000 people died due to drug overdoses in the 12 months from May 2019 through May 2020- confirming the largest number of overdose deaths recorded in a single year. Speaking about this, CEO of Spero Health Steve Priest said, “Kentucky has always unfortunately been a leader in drug overdose death rates. The pandemic had a ripple effect in our communities, people struggled with job loss, lack of social supports and psychological issues, all of which made an already life-threatening situation even worse. We hear stories every day from those in short- and long-term recovery who relapsed because of increased stress in their lives. Now more than ever communities need to have local, affordable access to life-saving addiction treatment options, and we are working very hard to continue to make that happen,” said Priest.
Spero Health utilizes an innovative evidence-based integrated care model that combines both physical and behavioral healthcare services under one roof. Going into more details about the services patients can expect to receive at Spero Health, David Hayden, Senior VP of Clinical Services said, “The disruption in daily life hit those with substance use disorder particularly hard, and we want everyone to know that recovery is possible and help is available. Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are in their journey and personalize the program to meet their specific needs so they can stabilize, allowing for interventions to support sustained recovery efforts. Patients will have weekly access to a physician or nurse practitioner, counseling and recovery support services that help link them back to the community to address other issues such as housing, food insecurity, employment and much more. We want to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the help they need that’s both affordable and close to home.”