"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">McALLEN — Symptoms of withdrawal

from alcohol or drugs can be at times very severe, uncomfortable

and even life-threatening without professional help. Significant

medical withdrawal problems such as delirium tremors, itchy skin,

vomiting, anxiety, hallucinations and convulsions are enough to

discourage even the strongest willed person to give up the fight or

not even take that first step toward sobriety.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">But this week, McAllen Medical

Center launched a new program — the first of its kind in South

Texas — called Bright Vista, which is a medical stabilization

service for those who have chosen to overcome their dependency on

drugs or alcohol. Medical stabilization is the first step toward

complete recovery. Bright Vista patients will receive the medical

attention necessary to make withdrawal manageable, lessen symptoms

dramatically and prepare them so they can succeed in their next

phase of treatment.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“This is not a detox program, nor

is it a behavioral therapy program,” said Sandra Hulsey, Bright

Vista RN/Case Manager. “This is the very first step — getting well

— so that all the other kinds of healing, the psychological,

spiritual, or family relationship types of healing, can


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">Monique Maynez is the Bright Vista

Program Coordinator. Maynez said there are a number of people who

are dependent on drugs or alcohol that can benefit from such a

program. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,

“studies show drug treatment programs reduce drug use by 60 percent

and improves the prospect for employment with gains of up to 40

percent after treatment.”.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">Confidentiality and compassion are

the key components to the program.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“While there are other facilities

that offer medical stabilization programs, they are not done in an

acute care hospital, in a mainstream setting. There are often other

mandatory components to those other programs, such as group

counseling or confinement to a certain wing or floor,” Maynez said.

“Bright Vista focuses on the medical condition of the patient and

helps the patient find ease and comfort in their recovery process.

Participants are provided with a private room on a medical floor.

The program is structured to navigate around the busy schedules of

individuals and can assist anyone from executives to retirees

striving to maintain anonymity.”


typical stay at McAllen Medical Center in the Bright Vista program

is three days. Once accepted into the program, patients are treated

using various types of medications to prevent them from slipping

into acute withdrawal. Our medical team has been specially trained

on how to do this and are very compassionate with patients, careful

to leave judgment at the door. They are focused on keeping the

patient comfortable and at ease. Before leaving the hospital,

patients receive comprehensive, tailored discharge plans and

referrals to aftercare programs that can help patients stay on

track for the remaining part of their journey. Referrals can

include a variety of different programs such as psychological or

psychiatric counseling, in-resident program, Alcoholics Anonymous

or even programs at the South Texas Behavioral Health Center,

another South Texas Health System facility in


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“The fear of failure exists in us

all, but this program is designed to cultivate success,” said Ryan

Jensen, McAllen Medical Center Associate Administrator. “Withdrawal

can be one of the most challenging times for an individual who is

chemically dependent. It is when they are most vulnerable and shaky

about their decision, and frankly, it is when they might feel the

worst. By helping them go through the withdrawal comfortably and in

a private setting, Bright Vista gives patients wanting to get out

of that cycle confidence that they can do it.”

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">Another plus for Bright Vista is

that it accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances.

Many insurance providers, including the Medicaid program, will not

cover stays at a ‘behavioral facility,’ however, because Bright

Vista is a medical program, it would typically be covered under

most plans.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">McAllen Medical Center’s Bright

Vista program began accepting patients this week. To set up a

confidential consultation, please contact Sandra Hulsey, Bright

Vista RN/Case Manager at 956-971-5680 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

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