10 Facts about Addiction:
1. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal illness
2. Addiction is a disorder of brain reward.
3. Individuals suffering from addiction are unable to consistently abstain, exibit impairment in controlling behavior, experience urges or cravings, lack insight regarding problems associated with the behavior, and have an abnormal emotional response.
4. Addiction interferes with ones decsion making capabities, impulse control, distress tolerance, cognitive functioning and intrapersonal relationships.
5. Similar to other chronic diseases, addiction involves cycles of relapse and remission.
6. There is no cure to Addiction but one can sucessfully achieve long term recovery.
7. Family engagement and involvement in the recovery process increases the likelihood of long term recovery.
8. Short term Opiod Agonist Therapy (Medication Assisted Treatment) in conjunction with counseling can increase the liklihood of success.
9. Individuals suffering from Addiction have difficulty delaying gratification.
10. Medication compliance is crucial for addicted individuals with co-occuring disorders.
Alternative Pathways to Recovery
Are you tired of being told by professionals that the only way to sucessfully recover is to attend 12 step meetings, get a sponsor and abstain from substance use? Recovery is a process and traditional approachs don't work for everyone. There are other pathways to recovery including SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Refuge Recovery, Harm Reduction , Recovery Management and Medication Assisted Treatment, It is the role of the professional to provide the client with options and help the client determine which pathway will work best. for them. This may require some trail and error. In order to improve outcomes, as professionals we need to change the way we measure sucess in the recovery process. Historically we have measured sucess based on abstinenece which can be a set up for failure. Alternatively, we need to measure sucess based on engagement in treatment or decrease in amount/frequency of substance use or decrease in the number of postive urine drug screens. We can help you determine the pathway that is right for you based on your individual needs and treatment history.