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202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

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UnityPoint Health - Madison

NewStart Addiction and Substance Abuse Program

NewStart at UnityPoint Health - Meriter provides confidential, caring treatment for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Our expert team develops individual treatment plans for each person and their family. 

Call us at (608) 417-8144 to learn more about NewStart's Substance Abuse Programs.

Addiction and Substance Abuse Services 

NewStart offers levels of care that include detoxification and medical stabilization, intensive outpatient treatment, continuing care and more.

Addiction Medicine Consultation and Evaluation

  • Information and referral
  • Chemical dependency assessment

Hospital Detoxification Services

  • Emergency Services
  • Inpatient detoxification, if medically necessary
  • Nursing evaluation
  • Referral services

NewStart Outpatient Services for Adults

  • Assessment and referral services
  • Adult intensive outpatient services
  • Individual, group, and family counseling for chemical dependency
  • Physician-managed evaluation and management of addiction
  • Medication management of alcohol and other drug addiction, including office-based opioid treatment with buprenorphine


The NewStart Program of UnityPoint Health - Meriter is certified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services as an approved facility for providing alcohol and drug abuse services as well as mental health services. UnityPoint Health - Meriter is fully accredited under The Joint Commission.


Insurance coverage for patients with substance use disorders varies with each insurance carrier. Please contact your insurance carrier for questions about your coverage.

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 May 2018:

  Decrease in overall alcohol use      56%    
  Decrease in other drug use        35%
  Improvement in overall living situation         25%
  Improvement in employment situation      20%
  Improvement in initial legal situation       34%

Make the Connection

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