Addiction treatment center opens in Norfolk, accepts Medicaid

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Praxis of Norfolk by Landmark Recovery opened its doors this week and is accepting Medicaid patients for substance abuse treatment.

The facility has 60 beds and serves Medicaid clients for 21 or 28 days. This is Landmark’s 13th treatment facility in the United States

After an inpatient stay, clients regularly attend outpatient groups.

“What’s so impressive about Landmark Recovery is that we never give up on our patients. Many patients simply specialize in one program and discharge you without follow-up. We don’t do that,” said Yadi Kalon, the center’s executive director.

The center’s opening comes as Norfolk and Virginia struggle to get the opioid epidemic under control. In 2021, the Department of Health reported that overdose deaths increased by 69% compared to the previous year.

Landmark Chief Clinical Officer Michelle Dubey says there are eight people for every Medicaid patient bed.

Often clients struggle with more than just alcohol or drug addiction. Duby says 90% of clients have co-morbid illnesses or trauma, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

“Substance abuse and trauma go together like peanut butter and jelly,” Dubey says.

Clinic director Sonic Eason says that as a social worker, she has had to send patients out of state. Having neighborhood choices, she says, can make a difference in the lives of people in Norfolk.

“A lot of people work with addiction and think they have it all together, but they don’t,” she says. “Maybe if there were more services in their community and they didn’t have to stop for life to seek treatment, then maybe more people in the inner cities would seek treatment.”

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