Help for Those with Addiction

April 01, 2012

One out of every four people knows someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Providence Little Company of Mary Recovery Center in San Pedro offers help and hope by providing treatment for chemical dependency.

“When someone is addicted, the addiction touches everybody around that person,” says Crescenzo Pisano, M.D., an addictionologist and medical director of addiction medicine at the Recovery Center. “Often, people are afraid and, while they know they shouldn’t continue, they don’t know how to stop.”

That’s where the Recovery Center comes in. For more than 30 years, the physicians, nurses and counselors there have provided treatment for addiction, abuse and/or dependency of the following drugs:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription medications
  • Opiates
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens

“We’re one of only a few full-service addiction medicine programs still affiliated with a hospital,” Dr. Pisano says. “We offer 24-hour nursing care for inpatients.”

Patients can self-refer to the program or be referred by a medical professional or friend.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro’s new Center for Optimal Aging—an outpatient program that assesses mobility, balance, strength, nutrition, medication use and cognitive performance in seniors—can also refer seniors struggling to manage multiple medications.