Addiction Treatment Center Partners With ASU To Address Patients Needs Amidst COVID-19

Addiction Treatment Center Partners With ASU To Address Patients Needs Amidst COVID-19

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 13, 2020

The Hope House enlists the support of doctoral nursing students

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Hope House, a residential addiction treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona, has partnered with ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation to provide expanded treatment options for their patients during the Covid pandemic.

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The clinical collaboration begins with two ASU doctoral nursing students working directly with The Hope House patients, providing mindfulness, physical exercise, and healthy lifestyle education sessions three times a week. The program will consist of three, three-week sessions (for a total of nine weeks) to ensure all patients can participate.

“We believe in giving our patients as many tools as possible and mindfulness practices and exercise routines are just two of those tools,” said Alex Spritzer, nurse practitioner at The Hope House.

The patient care is provided by Hayley Avino, RN, and Courtney Routson, RN, as part of their DNP graduation requirements. The doctoral nursing students have entitled their program: The DREAMER Project: Defying Relapse through Exercise and Mindfulness to Extend Recovery.

My brother struggled with addiction for years, but in 2016 discovered a community fitness program that reinforced his ability to attain and continue his recovery through exercise,” said Avino. “Therefore I want to establish an academic foundation that supports the positive impacts group exercise has on sobriety.” 

The DREAMER Project expands on the holistic treatment options provided by The Hope House, enabling patients to more fully recover from their addictions, while also preparing the Arizona nurses for addiction treatment and care.

Due to Covid-19, each three-week session, originally to be administered in-person, is being conducted virtually with the first patient-sessions just concluding. Statistically, patients in recovery who regularly utilize exercise and mindfulness practices are shown to significantly decrease their risk of relapse.

The initial partnership between ASU and The Hope House is planned for five years. Each semester new students will create or expand upon programs within The Hope House’s treatment options.

“Future students may develop programs on nutrition, aftercare, or even something as cutting-edge as virtual reality treatment,” said Spritzer.


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