University Park Behavioral Health Detox and Assessment Center, Colorado Springs

colorado springs detoxPersons with addiction disorders have suffered enough in the throes of addiction. Unfortunately for many the thought of seeking treatment for addiction will be met with more suffering, judgment, and punishment.

At University Park Behavioral Health Detox and Assessment Center at Colorado Springs we will treat you and your withdrawal symptoms in a caring and compassionate manner.

“Detoxification is the first step in treating this illness and becoming well,” says Jeffrey K Blixt D.O., Medical Director of the Detox and Assessment Center at Colorado Springs.

Our Colorado Springs Team

Dr. Jeff Blixt, D.O., Medical Director

Jeff Blixt, D.O. is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, and pending certification in addiction medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine, having just completed his certification exam. He also specializes in the treatment of bariatric medicine, obesity and binge eating disorders, along with treating mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Addiction medicine, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Blixt has been in private practice since 2000, treating primary care patients with a holistic model of bio-psycho social care. Since 2008, he has been treating patients with substance use disorders, with experience in outpatient and residential treatment. Dr Blixt is described as passionate and empathetic by his clients in supporting them in their journey into recovery and sobriety.

Dr. Blixt is excited to be a part of the University Park Detox and Assessment team. He brings his expertise in medication support for person struggling with substance use disorders, including certification in treating opiate use disorders with buprenorphine (Suboxone). Many other medications are available to treat substance use disorder including addictions to pain pills, heroin, alcohol, benzodiazepines. Many medications utilized such as naltrexone, have no inherent addictive properties and do not lead to dependence.

Medication assisted therapy especially in early recovery can address the underlying biologic component of substance use disorders, when overpowering symptoms of withdrawal and craving could prevent the individual from fully engaging and remaining in recovery.

While medications can be very helpful for persons struggling with addiction use disorder, Dr. Blixt understands there just one tool in the recovery process. Dr. Blixt will work with client’s motivations and personal goals, which may include helping them discontinue or taper off of their medications as well.

William Hodson, Clinical Director

Bill has been in the behavioral health field since 1986 serving individuals and families that struggle with mental health and addiction issues. He has a wealth of experience in all levels of care, including Inpatient, residential, day treatment and outpatient services for adults and adolescents/children.

In 1987, Bill met his wife, Joanne, while working on a children’s unit at a local psychiatric hospital. Joanne was employed as the charge nurse while Bill worked as a mental health tech. Bill and Joanne now have worked together in the behavioral health field for over 30 years together! They have dedicated their professional careers in assisting individuals and their families in moving towards a healthier and more fulfilled life.

Bill obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1985 from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins. In 1996, he graduated with his Masters in Psychology from Chapman University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Bill’s compassion and enthusiasm in helping others to overcome their challenges and to grow to their fullest potential is his biggest gift to those he serves.

Bill and Joanne have raised 4 children who are all young adults now pursuing careers in the medical field. Bill enjoys hiking, biking and exploring the great Colorado Outdoors.

Joanne Hodson, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Joanne Hodson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in psychiatric care of patients 17 years of age and older. She has been a psychiatric nurse in Colorado since 1987 and has an array of experience in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings working with children, adolescents and adults. Joanne graduated from Loretta Heights School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado in 1987 with her BSN.

She graduated from University of Colorado, Denver in 2007 with her MSN. She is a member of The American Nurses Association, as well as, The Colorado Nurses Association, and The Colorado Society of Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric Nursing. Joanne believes that trust and compassion are the building blocks for a successful relationship with her patients.