Chemical Dependency

Through the Indiana University Health Behavioral Care Center on the IU Health Methodist Hospital campus, we offer separate chemical dependency programs for adolescents and adults. Treatment options include inpatient detoxification, outpatient detoxification, intensive outpatient treatment and aftercare. A physician, addictionologist, consulting psychiatrist, nurses and master's level addiction therapists make up the multidisciplinary treatment team.

Outpatient Program


In this program, patients can detoxify from addictive drugs and alcohol in an outpatient setting. Medical approval is required.

Group Therapy

In this very structured treatment program, patients learn about their addictive disease and are introduced to 12-Step recovery programs. Group therapy addresses denial and personal recovery issues, helping patients develop insight and situational skills. Day and evening programs are available to accommodate clients with work and family obligations.

Aftercare Program

This program is a series of group sessions in which patients discuss their experiences, feelings and fears in an honest, supportive atmosphere. Experienced counselors reinforce recovery principles that patients have already learned and help them deal with the changes and challenges in their lives.

Family Program

All of our outpatient programs include a family care component in order to support and educate families. The focus of the family care component is to address the emotional and informational needs of family members. Selected times are dedicated to family members as arranged by the coordinators of each program.

Programs for Chronic Pain Management

Most people do not associate pain and mental health, but we at the IU Health Behavioral Care Center on the IU Health Methodist Hospital campus know that chronic, non-cancer pain is a disease that affects us in the body, mind and spirit. We use a non-habituating drug approach to pain management, providing weaning of mood-altering medications on an outpatient basis.

We provide supportive groups, occupational therapy, physical therapy and 12 steps to address the complexities of the pain process. We rarely need inpatient weaning due to available medications to do so on an outpatient level of care.

Although the majority of patients in the chronic pain rehabilitation program have an addictive disorder, some do not. Patients with and without addictions can benefit from the program.

Inpatient services for patients with chronic pain issues are available on the inpatient unit when medically necessary. Generally, patients with chronic pain issues are treated in the outpatient program. In some cases, patients who are hospitalized on non-behavioral care units at Methodist may attend the outpatient program in behavioral care.

The chronic pain rehabilitation day program is an intensive program structured to meet the needs of the change of lifestyle necessary to treat people with chronic, non-cancer pain. Group therapy addresses the needs and issues of those who have become isolated and angry due to persistent pain; physical therapy helps reawaken the body to exercise, occupational therapy addresses stress issues, and self-hypnosis training aids in self-managed relaxation. For more information about any of the services listed above, please call the Access Center at 317.962.2622 or 1.800.745.4838.

Nurse Support Group

This group meets on a bi-monthly basis (currently the first and third Tuesday of every month at 3 pm) to help the recovering health care professional develop and maintain optimal recovery skills. Although the program is geared toward nurses, others in the helping professions are invited to participate.