High Florida State Inspection Score Validates Innovative, Proprietary Approach of Novus Medical Detox Center as It Celebrates Five Years of Success

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Landmark score of 97.75 to Novus Detox by the Florida Department of Children and Families’ reflects residential treatment facility's uncompromising standards.

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When we made a decision not to turn away high-dosage addicts like other facilities were doing, we’ve turned this seemingly insurmountable challenge into a situation where patients win

April marks the fifth anniversary of Novus Medical Detox Center, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription-drug abuse patients. The event follows a March 7, 2012 state inspection that resulted in the center earning a score of 97.75, one of the Florida Department of Children and Families’ highest scores for industry best standards.

Located in a peaceful, secure setting in Florida’s Tampa Bay region, Novus sets itself apart from other drug and alcohol treatment centers by offering premium services in a relaxed, “at home” atmosphere. The center’s proprietary treatment includes daily patient evaluation that takes into account each patient’s health, metabolism and particular circumstances in order to prescribe natural supplements, ample hydration and restorative IV treatments of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to facilitate a more comfortable and safe drug detoxification.

Since opening its doors on April 5, 2007, the center has made significant strides in its detox protocol. As one of the very few treatment facilities that will take in high-dosage cases, Novus has embraced the challenge to develop an outstanding medically safe and nutritionally restorative detox program for this high-risk population. Among Novus' cutting-edge solutions are vitamin IVs and intramuscular vitamin injections formulated to help people rebuild their bodies so that they are able to focus on the next phase of their treatment - instead of being undermined by painful and often formidable withdrawal symptoms.

The Department of Children and Families licenses organizations that provide services for substance abusers, and the department’s licensing agents conduct annual on-site inspections to evaluate a facility’s compliance with licensing standards. The yearly inspection involves a performance-based rating system consisting of hundreds of points that must be met in order for a facility to receive or renew a license, including but not limited to the following:

  • Verification of professional licenses issued by the Department of Health.
  • Confirmation of completion of basic HIV/AIDS education requirements.
  • Verification of certification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration relating to medication and methadone treatment.
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration registration for medication and methadone treatment.
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration registration for all physicians.
  • A state of Florida pharmacy permit for medication and methadone treatment.
  • Verification of the services of a consultant pharmacist for medication and methadone treatment and any provider with a pharmacy.
  • Verification that fingerprinting and background checks have been completed as required.

Providers must attain at least 80 percent compliance on each component reviewed. In instances where a component is rated at an 80 percent level of compliance overall but is in substantial noncompliance with standards related to health, safety and welfare of clients and staff, regulatory action is taken to ensure the standards are brought up to speed or that facility’s license may be revoked.

Novus’ staff regards the score of 97.75 that the center received for its March 2012 inspection as further confirmation of the efficacy of their approach. “The inspector said that we had earned the highest score he had personally given out to date,” said Burness. “When we made a decision not to turn away high-dosage addicts like other facilities were doing, we’ve turned this seemingly insurmountable challenge into a situation where patients win.”

“Novus’ staff has the satisfaction of truly being able to help others as well as setting the bar for best practices, showing other facilities that addiction can be treated safely, with dignity and according to the highest standards,” continued Burness.

As a detox facility, Novus’ executives say they plan to continue to set the bar for safety and industry best practices. They are currently developing plans for an expansion of their facility and number of beds in order to accommodate the growing demand of high-dose cases.

About Novus Medical Detox Center
Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is well-known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment - putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, television, DVD player and high-speed Internet access. Visit http://www.novusdetox.com

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