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Helping Patients with Addiction - Emergency Medicine

When patients are admitted to HealthPark Medical Center for an opioid use disorder, they’re soon greeted by Alycia Galdin. “I immediately tell them that I am an addict in recovery, and I have been through what they’re going through.” Alycia is a recovery peer specialist at Lee Health—her role is to help patients with substance abuse issues get the care they need. “I always ask them the same question of do they want to get clean and sober. I immediately can feel the remorse and feel that they have the guilt and the shame and the fear, but I also understand that some of them are not ready; they don’t want to get clean and sober,” she said. In addition to helping patients get involved in support groups and recovery programs, Alycia also helps them to address their triggers and relapse warning signs. “If they would like to have resources in the community, I can provide them with local 12 step meetings, or any faith-based programs, if they are interested in going through a detox I can help them,” Galdin said. Alycia’s role is part of a new program at Lee Health designed to recognize and treat patients with opioid addiction. “We do have an issue and to let people know that we do recover, and no addict needs to die of an active addiction,” she said. A program focused on addressing addiction and getting patients the care they need. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org