NewStart is a comprehensive chemical dependency rehabilitation program, offering confidential, caring treatment to adolescents and adults suffering from the effects of substance abuse. Founded more than 35 years ago, the NewStart program has helped individuals and families throughout the Midwest find their way toward recovery.
NewStart is only one of a few recovery treatment programs in the state to offer addiction rehabilitation for adolescents. The UnityPoint Health – Meriter team of physicians, counselors and registered nurses design individual care plans that may include referral for inpatient detox and stabilization, therapy sessions, recovery medication, support groups and continuing care relapse prevention. The increasing abuse of opiates, both prescription (OxyContin, Vicodin) and non-prescription (heroin and opium) have increased to alarming numbers. In the past decade, drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death in Dane County.
Gifts to the NewStart program offer hope to hundreds of individuals and families, each year. The program has ongoing needs, which include new therapy approaches, especially new models of care for adolescents with opioid addictions, as well as funding for activities for patients, resource materials for families and educational training for staff.