Our Colorado Springs Team
Jeffrey Blixt, D.O., Medical Director
As part of our Colorado Springs team, Dr. Jeff Blixt is a board-certified family practitioner. His certification in addiction medicine is pending from the American Board of Addiction Medicine, having just completed his certification exam. Dr. Blixt 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 treated patients with substance use disorders in both outpatient and residential treatment. Dr Blixt is described as passionate and empathetic by his clients, whom he supports on 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 clients 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. Medications utilized—such as naltrexone—have no inherent addictive properties and do not lead to dependence.
Medication-assisted therapy, especially used in early recovery, can address the underlying biologic component of substance use disorders, including overpowering symptoms of withdrawal and cravings, which 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 they are only 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 Hodson has been in the behavioral health field since 1986 serving individuals and families who 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 have worked together in the behavioral health field for over 30 years. They have dedicated their professional careers to 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 was graduated with his Master’s in Psychology from Chapman University with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. His compassion and enthusiasm for helping others overcome their challenges and grow to their fullest potential is his biggest gift to those he serves.
Bill and Joanne have raised fout 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 was graduated from Loretta Heights School of Nursing in Denver, CO, in 1987 with her BSN.
She was 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.