Addiction Services

We can help you recover from addiction

Until now, finding treatment for substance use disorders and the mental health issues that often accompany them was difficult. You had to seek help from multiple doctors, often in different locations, separate from where you received the rest of your health care.

This has changed. Nebraska Medicine now offers comprehensive treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. We recognize addiction for the chronic medical illness that it is and are dedicated to treating all aspects of this disease through a comprehensive set of services at one convenient location. Our goal is to help you regain your mental health, achieve your recovery goals and restore your life to maximum functional capacity.

We provide:

  • Visits with a psychiatrist or an addiction medicine specialist, including medications approved for substance use disorders. We specialize in treatment of addictions to opioids (pain killers and heroin) and alcohol
  • Individual psychotherapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • An intensive outpatient program (IOP)

What to expect:

Our team is led by Alëna Balasanova, MD, and Kenneth Zoucha, MD

  • Alëna Balasanova, MD, is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She and her team provide assessment and treatment of adult patients with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. She is licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr. Balasanova speaks English, Spanish and Russian. 
  • Kenneth Zoucha, MD, is board certified in addiction medicine and pediatrics and provides care for adolescent and adult patients with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Dr. Zoucha is also licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for treatment of opioid use disorder. 

Both doctors are part of a multi-disciplinary team that works together to develop a treatment plan to best fit your needs.

When you first meet with your doctor, medication may be recommended. A change in some of the medications you are currently taking may also be suggested. The risks and benefits will be discussed with you, and we’ll make all medication decisions together. 

The recovery process might sound intimidating or unattainable, but you no longer have to tackle this alone. We are here to support you throughout treatment and are dedicated to your long-term success. Please let us help.

Take the next step:

  • To get started, call your insurance provider to see if your insurance covers behavioral health treatment at Nebraska Medicine
  • When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, call us at 402.552.6007
  • Physicians referring patients to Addiction Services should visit this page to learn how to make a referral