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Getting Real with Addressing Addiction

Substance Use Disorder is a primary, chronic progressive disease that if left untreated becomes fatal. Those with SUD suffer not only physically but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. The devastation of this disorder goes beyond the individual and has far-reaching effects on families, and society as well.


"Addiction" is the more common term for SUD. The American Society of Addiction Medicine updated its definition of addiction in 2019.


"Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases."


Treatment makes a difference. To reverse the tragedy of wasted lives and untapped human potential we apply evidence-based best practices in the treatment of SUD. Our clinical team maintains a standard of treatment consistent with the state of the art as defined by industry leaders. We invest in continuing education and in the clinical supervision of each member of our clinical team. Our simple goal is that our team is equipped and qualified to provide the best treatment available in our region.


The application of evidence-based best practices describes a clinical practice that is planned and systematic. Clinical intervention addresses specific problems identified through a deliberate and ongoing assessment process. The AOD Counselor establishes measurable goals in consultation with the patient that identifies the specific activities and tasks that will advance their recovery goals.


We help our patients to remain free of the consequences of alcohol and drug use to empower them to become positive contributors to our society. Here's how we do it.


Structure: We provide a structured environment that holds our patients accountable to their personal recovery goals while providing the support that encourages their recovery. This structure includes:

  • A counselor who maintains the continuity and integrity of the patient/counselor relationship.

  • Patient-centered treatment plans consistent with their recovery goals.

  • A treatment schedule that includes individual counseling and group therapy sessions that provide the patient support for and accountability to their recovery goals.

Accountability: We provide accountability while reducing shame and increasing a sense of hope for patient success in recovery.

  • Regular oversight of program activities ensures continuity and consistency of the patient experience in treatment.

  • Periodic, random drug tests ensure compliance to the patient’s recovery goals.

  • Non-punitive Behavioral Contracts will empower the patient to address behavioral challenges that undermine their recovery.

Support: Our staff always respects the dignity of each patient.

  • We assess patient needs for addiction treatment and counseling.

  • We speak directly with patients and with one another when addressing any issue. We avoid any behavior that may lead to the experience of shame in the counselor, staff, or patients.

  • We develop incentive programs that recognizes patient success.

  • We partner with other agencies to ensure our patients receive the highest quality support for their recovery, for example, to secure housing, health care, employment, and support for legal challenges patients may have.


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