Spero Health, a CARF-accredited organization specializing in local, affordable, outpatient care for individuals suffering from substance use disorder, just announced further expansion in Tennessee with the opening of a new clinic located at 11618 Chapman Hwy in Seymour. This new clinic joins a network of more than 40 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, providing care for more than 8,000 patients each month. Spero Health accepts TennCare and most commercial insurance plans. The Seymour clinic will open its doors on November 5th and will offer a combination of in-person and telehealth visit options. Individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to call: 865-505-2813 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Curtis Markham, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine with a long history in treatment of substance use disorders, will be the Medical Director and lead physician at the Seymour Spero Health clinic and had this to say about the new clinic. “Spero Health’s priority 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. Recovery can be an attainable goal for people who seek treatment. As more people become aware of the community-based option Spero Health offers through utilization of medication, recovery support services and counseling – the greater chance we have in stabilizing the epidemic locally.”
Spero Health’s decision to open in Seymour was in direct response to the heavy demand for a comprehensive addiction treatment solution locally. Nationally there is a rise in drug overdose deaths amid COVID-19 with 2020 preliminary data suggesting an all-time high in drug deaths this year alone.
Speaking about the immediate need for more local solutions, Spero Health CEO Steve Priest said, “COVID-19 has aggravated psychological issues, creating higher levels of anxiety, grief and instability. As we manage our way through this, it is vital that we continue to make connections with those that need and want help, and that we are innovative, responsive, and adaptive in delivering addiction treatment services. The use of telehealth is one way we do this so that our patients can have virtual appointments from anywhere they are. In a time where people are feeling a loss of connection, we want to ensure that people stay connected and can access our treatment team when they are not able to come into in the clinic.” Priest went on to say. “While our public health system is battling one crisis with the COVID-19 outbreak, we cannot afford to overlook another one which has had a grave impact on our communities for years. We feel it is critical for communities to have access to life-saving addiction treatment options during this time, and we are working very hard to make that happen.”
Dr. Markham added, “Addiction is complex and requires a coordinated effort on many fronts, we desire strong community partnerships in Seymour and the surrounding region so that we can be a resource and a place for hope and healing.”