Addiction doesn’t have to rule your life. Talbot Hall Addiction Services at Ohio State has the experience and expertise to help you get back on track.

When addiction to alcohol becomes the biggest focus of your life—or your loved one’s life—you need people with the highest level of expertise and training to help you take back control.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers you central Ohio’s most highly trained team of addiction specialists: psychiatrists and other physicians experienced in addiction medicine, nurse practitioners and counselors.

Symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Craving - a strong urge or need to drink
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating or shakiness, when you don't drink
  • Tolerance - the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect

Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcoholism also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide and suicide.

Programs at Ohio State’s Talbot Addiction Medicine can help alcoholics abstain from alcohol and move on to a more productive life. Alcoholism can be treated with detoxification, abstinence, support from a 12-Step program, compliance with physician-prescribed medications and psychotherapy.

Treatment Options

Treatment Options

At Talbot Hall, we recognize that each individual’s experience with addiction is unique. After a thorough assessment to understand the physical, psychological and social elements of your addiction, we will help select the type and level of treatment suited for you. This assessment is critical to getting you started on the right path to a new life free of substance abuse.

Inpatient Detoxification During your inpatient stay, you’ll be cared for around the clock by registered nurses, and see a doctor and counselor each day.

During a three- to five-day detoxification process, you’ll be cared for around the clock by registered nurses, and see a doctor and counselor each day. We address your medical needs and reduce pain and anxiety in the safest way possible. We introduce medication-assisted treatment immediately to lessen your withdrawal symptoms. Once you are feeling better, our staff will teach you more about your addiction, coping strategies for triggers and provide skills training. A counselor will meet with you throughout your stay to help you formulate a successful plan for treatment and discharge. We also introduce you to the concepts of a 12-step program, a program designed with a course of action for recovery from addiction.

Partial Hospitalization Our Partial Hospitalization program offers you an alternative to more costly overnight care in the hospital and provides structured support when you’re not ready to make a full return to home or work.

After an inpatient stay, many people continue treatment in our partial hospitalization program. This program offers you an alternative to more costly overnight care in the hospital and provides structured support when you’re not ready to make a full return to home or work. You’ll come Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for an average of two to three weeks. You’ll attend individual and group therapy sessions; we strongly encourage your family to be part of the process. 

Intensive Outpatient Program The Intensive Outpatient Program is a six week long program designed for you to maintain family and work responsibilities.

The next level of treatment at Ohio State is intensive outpatient treatment. These sessions are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can choose a morning or evening time, allowing you to maintain family and work responsibilities. Participants generally attend 18 sessions over six weeks. We provide programming for your family and encourage you to participate in a 12-step program or find other outside support that meets your needs and preferences. Once you complete the intensive outpatient program, we’ll work with you on a follow-up plan, which could include individual and group therapy.

Outpatient Program We offer both individualized therapy and weekly group therapy, and participants can attend either or both.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol rewires the brain to convince you that these substances are as essential for survival as food, water and shelter. Our outpatient programs continue the work of our more intensive programs to help restore your brain to its normal patterns. The goal is to help you overcome the compulsion for drugs and maintain control of your life.

We offer both individualized therapy and weekly group therapy, and participants can attend either or both. We have specialized groups to bring together people with similar experiences: men’s and women’s groups, a group for opiate use only and another for people with traumatic brain injury.

Our treatment groups are run by licensed professionals who have access to case management, which provides you with additional guidance in finding community resources to help you stay sober. 

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