Changing Perspective on Substance Abuse and Treatment
June 17, 2016


The Importance of Changing the Perspective on Substance Abuse and Treatment

The United States continues to be embroiled in an opioid overdose epidemic. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million people died from overdoses in the United States. Opioids are reported to have killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. This number is more than any previous year on record.

The opioid epidemic has stemmed much debate across the country and has become a major point of discussion in the 2016 Presidential Election debates. Many efforts have been and continue to be made as a result of this epidemic, such as the release of new guidelines by the CDC for prescribing opioids.

A less often discussed topic is the type of treatment received by people recovering from substance abuse. Too often substance abuse is viewed as a problem with the individual themselves. This idea couldn’t be farther from the truth and is the main reason that there is a need to change the perspective on substance abuse and how it’s treated.

Addiction is a chronic, progressive, devastating and potentially fatal disease. As a result, addiction should be treated as a chronic disease with specialized and evidence based treatment. Placing emphasis on long-term sobriety and providing treatment to achieve that goal is the primary focus at A New Start, Inc.

addiction treatmentOutpatient treatment for addiction provides clients with the tools they need to continue their recovery and to achieve their goal of long-term sobriety. In outpatient substance abuse treatment clients are taught how to identify signs of relapse, triggers and what to do when faced with these challenges. Additionally, specialized therapies and treatments are utilized to provide clients with a treatment program that encompasses each of their individual needs.  

Families also play a critical role in the outpatient addiction recovery process. By placing focus on the whole family unit individuals recovering from addiction feel included and supported by the family. This is where Family Systems Therapy is beneficial in outpatient addiction treatment. Each part of the system is in relation to the whole. It suggests that any individual’s behavior inside that system directly affects the functioning of the whole unit.

Specialized programs placing emphasis on co-occurring or dual-diagnosis treatment are designed to provide adequate treatment for individuals suffering from mental illness and a problematic substance abuse/addiction condition. It is crucial to treat these co-occurring disorders at the same time, because both disorders play off of each other. Dual Diagnosis therapies include trauma, family systems, cognitive behavioral, as well as group and individual therapies.

When it comes to substance abuse treatment, the approach should focus on treating the mind, body, and spirit. By teaching substance abuse treatmentindividuals in recovery about their body to how to take care of it through personal hygiene, healthy eating, and exercise, clients are provided with the tools needed to take care of themselves while continuing recovery for long-term sobriety.

Our team provides support, strength and hope to our patients through their hard work. This creates an environment of high-quality care and encouragement for long-term sobriety. At A New Start, we have a unique, highly-trained staff specializing in an integrated, multidisciplinary module of treatment. Our staff is passionate about healing the broken, helping them recover from their illnesses and developing healthy behaviors. We believe addressing the whole person, mind, body and spirit is essential for long lasting wellness and recovery.


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