NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Integrative Health Centers (IHC), a new Nashville-based treatment and recovery resource, is set to open in late 2019. Nashville business leader and CEO of Integrative Life Center, Ryan Chapman has partnered with McKenzie-based physician Daniel Sumrok, M.D. to expand Sumrok’s current practice and open new facilities, beginning in Nashville. IHC will focus on addiction recovery, primary care, and the use of trauma-informed care in all services lines. Anchored by its first new clinic in Nashville, IHC plans to grow rapidly, providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combined with trauma-informed therapies to deliver a true whole-person approach to addiction recovery and primary care.
As local leaders in addiction recovery, Chapman and Dr. Sumrok will bring together their evidence-based approaches to reach patients in need of addiction treatment. Chapman will serve as IHC’s chief executive officer and Dr. Sumrok will fill the role of chief medical officer, guiding the organization’s treatment plans and therapies. The organization’s approach will include trauma-informed therapy, with a focus on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), as part of its recovery plans. The new partnership will combine the most successful protocols of trauma work, pharmacology, talk therapy, 12-step programs and other means to recovery.
“Dr. Sumrok was among the first to make the connection between trauma and behavioral issues, chronic pain and addiction,” said Chapman. “Dr. Sumrok and his medical team are not just writing prescriptions and sending people home. They blend medication with primary care and therapy. He has an extraordinary reputation and I am delighted to partner with him to address this pervasive problem.”
Through his McKenzie, Tennessee practice, Dr. Sumrok, a psychiatrist, has achieved significant results for more than 1,200 individuals with addiction by identifying and addressing the role of trauma, particularly ACEs. His patient data, which was used in the landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, found that individuals with more childhood adversity faced a dramatically higher likelihood of becoming an alcoholic and an increased risk of attempted suicide.
“Integration is the biggest gap in the current patient care structure and our new efforts with IHC are aiming to cover all levels of care,” said Dr. Sumrok. “We have assembled an extraordinary team of renowned medical leaders that will truly improve patient outcomes and increase quality of life for everyone that walks through our doors. Our capabilities and variety of services from family medicine to addiction recovery provides a unique, evidence-based approach to care.”
Those with ACE scores of 5 or higher were 7 to 10 times more likely to use illegal drugs and report addiction. Dr. Sumrok treats addiction as a chronic disease, much like diabetes or other conditions, which can require ongoing care. IHC will incorporate similar practice for patient treatment plans when it begins services in its Midtown Nashville facility later this year. IHC will be the second behavioral health and addiction service provider led by Ryan Chapman who also serves as CEO of Integrative Life Center.
About Integrative Health Centers
Integrative Health Centers (IHC) offers physician-directed care for individuals who seek relief from opiate and other addictions, but do not wish to pursue traditional outpatient or residential treatment. IHC facilities are inclusive and non-judgmental, with the focus on proven medication-based protocols. MAT involves the use of FDA-approved medicines, as well as counseling and other integrative therapies to treat substance use disorders. IHC focuses on multidisciplinary treatment, using a whole-person, trauma-informed approach. To learn more, visit www.integrativehealthcentersnashville.com.
About Daniel Sumrok, M.D.
Daniel Sumrok, M.D. has over two decades of experience in treating addiction and substance use, and he teaches at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Dr. Sumrok’s interest in treating underserved populations led him to rural Tennessee and his fellowship in addiction medicine. Based on his military experience and observations, Dr. Sumrok published a highly regarded paper on the link between traumatic experiences and substance abuse. Dr. Sumrok has also published additional work and research at the University of Tennessee focused on the role of traumatic events in addiction.