The overall goal of the Addictions Program at VFMC is to provide comprehensive, high quality treatment for individuals suffering from addictive and related diseases, through the provision of multidisciplinary services. The two major components of the Addictions Program include detoxification and rehabilitation services. Each component has both a hospital based (medically managed) and residential (medically monitored) services.
The Valley Forge Addictions Program treats alcoholics and drug addicts, ages 18 years and older. All treatment services are based within Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, which operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Initial intake is usually by telephone, where individuals are prescreened for treatment and appropriate level of care. Insurance guidelines are reviewed with the potential patient. Length of stay determination is based upon each patient's needs and justification for continued inpatient treatment as related to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria or Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC).
We believe that addiction is a disease characterized by habitual and excessive chemical usage or behaviors which interferes with an individual's mental and physical health, interpersonal relations, family life, and economic and occupational functioning. Although it is a chronic, progressive disease, it is treatable, and recovery is a realistic treatment objective for any patient and his/her family.
Addiction itself is an illness, and not merely a symptom of underlying pathology. The first goal in treatment must therefore be the maintenance of continued sobriety/abstinence. All treatment activity must function to support this decision on the part of the client and to help him/her build the motivation to maintain this decision. We believe that no addicted person can return to the use of alcohol/drugs without a regression in his/her recovery, but because we recognize this illness as chronic, a relapse or regression is not to be equated with failure in treatment.
Because addiction impairs the individual's emotional, social and economic functioning, treatment must also assist the patient in reclaiming healthy ways of functioning in interpersonal and work relationships without the mediating influence of alcohol or drugs. To this end, we believe that the patient's family and/or significant others should be involved in his/her treatment whenever possible.