UnityPoint Health - Meriter | NewStart Adult Services
UnityPoint Health - Madison

NewStart Adult Services

NewStart offers comprehensive, individualized addiction and substance abuse treatment for adults and their families. NewStart's team of experts work together to develop personalized treatment plans for each individual.


Call us at (608) 417-8144 to learn more about NewStart's Adult Services.  


NewStart Adult Services 

During the initial assessment, patients will meet with NewStart counselor to determine an individualize treatment plan. The treatment plan may include any of the following care options: 

  • Detoxification: detoxification may or may not be necessary, depending on an individual's age, medical status and history of alcohol intake. 
  • Recovery medications: appointments for prescription recovery medications, such as Antabuse, Suboxone and Vivitrol are available to support sobriety, when required 
  • Counseling services: NewStart counselors are available to provide special support, including individual, group and family sessions, based on the individual's needs. 
  • Education groups: groups meet one time each week for six weeks. These group sessions are available for individuals who are not dependent on substances. 
  • Continuing care: After completing an initial rehabilitation program, our team will assist with setting up a continuing care treatment plan that suits the unique medical, social and emotional needs of each individual. Continuing care options include individual sessions, couple sessions and/or family sessions. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a sixteen session group program that provides education, therapy and support to help motivate individuals through the recovery process. 

Program Schedule: 

Morning and evening groups are offered and meet for three hours daily, Monday through Thursday, for four to six weeks. 

Individual sessions with a counselor are also available. Treatment is most successful when a family member attends weekly sessions with the patient.

Results of Intensive Outpatient Program:

Individuals are asked to complete surveys before and immediately after participating in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Results include participant survey data from January 2016 through September 2017:

  Decrease in overall alcohol use      57%    
  Decrease in other drug use        36%
  Improvement in overall living situation         34%
  Improvement in employment situation      17%
  Improvement in initial legal situation       17%