Lompoc Valley Medical Center, in its quest to provide new and innovative services to the Healthcare District, has contracted with Addiction Medicine Services, Inc. (AMS Inc.) to manage LVMC's voluntary chemical dependency treatment center. A unique element of the new center will be the “Heroes Program”. It will focus on the “care and restoration” of military, law enforcement and fire department professionals who are struggling with chemical dependency issues.
Steven Collier is the CEO of AMS, Inc. and is looking forward to working with LVMC to bring these new service to the Lompoc Valley.
The Champion Center will provide chemical dependency treatment for those 18 years of age and older. In addition, a special service for older adults is also planned. Mr. Collier says 15 to 20 percent of older adults misuse alcohol and prescription drugs. AMS’s Older Adult services are “age-specific, non-confrontational and aim to build self-esteem and new hope for the future,” the CEO says. “Coping with depression, loneliness and loss, as well as efforts to rebuild a social support network are among the treatment goals of this service.” "Other services being considered include a chronic pain, or pain medication abuse, component.
As an additional benefit to the community, the new facility will provide an additional 60 to 70 well-paying professional employment opportunities. These will be opportunities to bring new employees into our community as well as provide opportunities for individuals that already live in our community and can upgrade their positions or eliminate a commute.
We have the opportunity to make the Champion Center a model for addiction treatment in the country.