Central Ohioans struggling with addiction need help.
Clinical psychology students need to gain experience.
A new service at Ohio State University’s Psychological Services Center aims to serve both of those needs by providing psychological counseling to people with drug and alcohol addictions.
The psychological center has been around since the 1980s, providing services to Columbus-area residents with mental-health concerns including depression, mood disorders, anxiety and stress. Now, though, the center is expanding its services to include substance-abuse and addiction treatment.
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All of the center’s services are free to Columbus-area adults. Clients are seen by advanced clinical psychology graduate students who are supervised by licensed psychologists.
The new substance-abuse treatment offering is one way to respond to the alarming opioid epidemic in Ohio, said Michael Vilensky, clinical program manager at the center. No drugs will be prescribed; patients are referred to other resources for those needs.
Those who struggle with addiction and/or mental health problems can receive outpatient, evidence-based treatments, offered in both individual or group therapy settings, Vilensky said.
Vilensky saw an opportunity for the addiction clinic service when he came to the center after working at an addiction clinic within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
The center is hosting an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1835 Neil Ave. to formally announce its new addiction services, discuss therapy and offer tours.
There has been increased awareness about the drug epidemic and the need for more addiction services within the community, said Andrew Moss, director of stabilization services at Maryhaven, central Ohio’s oldest addiction-treatment center.
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