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Addiction Prevention

The Nation’s Largest Preventable Health Problem

Like other chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease, addiction can be prevented. Yet, a recent study found that addiction is the nation’s largest preventable health problem.

While about 40 million Americans -- 16 percent of people 12 and older -- are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, only about 10 percent receive the care they need, according to a recent study.

Released in 2012, the study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, found that by comparison, 70 percent of people with hypertension, diabetes and serious depression receive necessary treatment.

Part of the challenge is that few physicians are trained to diagnose and treat addiction. Unlike other health threats, addiction goes unnoticed and unchecked until the patient is no longer able to hide the destructive effects.

Prevention Works

Prevention is part of our mission. We assist patients and families who see a serious problem in the making, before the devastating losses occur.

Studies confirm that substance use disorders follow a chronic path, often beginning in adolescence.

Epidemiological data affirm that SUDs typically follow a chronic course, developing during adolescence and lasting for several decades. Some 90 percent of all individuals with dependence started using before the age of 18, and half started before the age of 15 (Dennis et al., 2002) 

When an individual is at risk for a heart attack or stroke or any number of complications from diabetes, that person, his or her family and physicians react with preventative treatment measures. It is critical that we do the same for individuals at risk for addiction or relapse.

Members of our team are addiction experts, including our physicians, who are specialists in the field of addiction medicine. We are trained to evaluate and diagnose addiction, and to develop and implement prevention strategies for patients and families.
If you believe that you or someone you care about is at risk for substance abuse, addiction to alcohol or drugs or risking relapse, our Center can help. We provide the following patient and family treatment services:

  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Individual and Family Intervention
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Continuing Care

Prevention in our communities

For over 40 years, 40 years, the Care & Counseling Services​ has been a pioneer in addiction prevention, treatment and advocacy. Our physicians, staff and alumni have been unwavering voices, increasing public understanding of addiction as a chronic disease affecting the brain, rather than a moral failure.

In the 1980’s we began educating corporations about the reality of the disease of addiction, encouraging them to offer assistance programs to employees. Today we continue to focus on prevention where our patients are affected most: school, work, home and in the medical community, where addiction can be overlooked.

  • Our clinicians work with school administrators, teachers and parents to educate both the adults and young people about the disease and its consequences.
  • We offer workshops and events to train clinicians, physicians and concerned family members.
  • Our Continuing Care services are available to people who need it, regardless of  whether they have been treated at our Center.
  • Our team educates the medical community through teaching and lecturing at universities and hospitals, with the hope of reaching current and upcoming generations of physicians.