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Addiction Recovery

Anyone who has experienced the disease of addiction to alcohol or drugs, knows that while recovery is the goal of treatment, it is also just the beginning. What follows is lifelong maintenance of a chronic, relapsing disease.

The rewards?  Good health, renewed family life and sense of self, rewarding careers and academic success. The same is true for maintaining good health with any severe, chronic disease.

Recovery that continues beyond the initial treatment, depends on development of healthy coping strategies for patients and families affected by substance abuse, alcohol and drug addiction. Our therapists give both patients and families the most effective tools for sustained recovery and healthy living.

Hope is our mission    
Decades of helping people recover their lives, and the experience of members of our team in recovery, have affirmed time and again what we already know. There is hope for long-term recovery.

During treatment, our strengths-based approach helps patients build habits that focus on their strengths, healthy pursuits that bring them joy and a sense of purpose. During recovery, substituting the desire to use with that healthy pursuit – painting, photography, exercise -- results in rewards and sustained recovery.
Ongoing practice of the Twelve Steps on Alcoholics Anonymous, regular check-ups with a physician trained in addiction medicine, building a network of people in recovery, are all necessary for sustaining recovery.

Balancing the demands of family life, marriage, parenting, school and career along with maintaining a new healthy lifestyle that does not include our drug of choice, can be too much for many of us.

For patients who are in recovery, we offer services to help meet the challenges of maintaining a new healthy lifestyle.

  • Recovery Coaching
  • Continuing Care

  • Relapse: What Does It Mean?
    Even with the tools and resources to manage this chronic disease, we can experience relapse. Although relapse does not have to mean the end of recovery, we would all prefer prevention to the physical and emotional pain of active addiction.

    It is important to remember that relapse rates for addiction (estimated at 40 to 60 percent) are similar to those of other chronic illnesses including hypertension, Type I diabetes and asthma, according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. This means that relapse is not just possible, it is likely.
    Comparison of Relapse Rates Between Drug Addiction and Other Chronic Illnesses
    Relapse rates for drug-addicted patients are compared with those suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Relapse is common and similar across these illnesses (as is adherence to medication).      Source: McLellan et al., JAMA, 284:1689-1695, 2000.

    The effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the structure and function of the brain linger long after the individual stops using. This explains why a person in recovery can relapse.

    NIDA advises “drug addiction should be treated like any other chronic illness, with relapse serving as a trigger for renewed intervention.”