Published on March 01, 2019

Services help people with addiction and mental illness

sad older manAre you or a loved one struggling with addiction or a mental health issue? Then you should know that Mercy Philadelphia is ready to help.

We provide compassionate, comprehensive behavioral health services that can help people recover from alcohol or drug abuse and many mental health illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“Very simply, we help people reclaim their lives,” says Roger McBride, MS, RN, Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Philadelphia.

And because mental illness has a ripple effect on families, “We help them, too, with support and guidance as their loved ones heal,” he says.

Here’s a look at just some of the mental health and addiction services at Mercy Philadelphia:

Help in a crisis. Mercy Philadelphia is one of only five Crisis Response Centers in the city. It provides 24/7 care for anyone who needs immediate mental health help. An expert crisis team performs emergency evaluations and makes referrals for effective treatment.

Intensive inpatient care. When a mental illness is severe enough to require hospitalization, individualized, intensive therapy is available and is provided by a team of experts, including board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and therapists.

A peer engagement specialist. Someone who has experienced a mental illness and is specially trained in helping others—is also available to support patients after discharge.

Detox services. Doctors, nurses and counselors specializing in addiction recovery help people safely withdraw from alcohol, opioids and other drugs. This team provides medically managed inpatient detox services. It also connects people with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Combined treatments for addiction and mental illness. Because substance abuse and mental health problems often go hand in hand, Mercy Philadelphia provides inpatient care for people facing both.

That care is delivered by a support staff of psychiatrists, addiction counselors and nurses. And it includes both medication management and individual and group therapy, as well as housing support after discharge.

“All of these services really change lives,” McBride says. “They are important resources for the community.”