Principles of Treatment


RESPECT: Treatment begins with trust between people and their providers. We will listen and treat you with respect at all times regardless of individual beliefs, goals, or ideas about addiction and recovery.

• CHOICE: Outcomes are improved significantly when the person seeking help has choices and responsibility for decisions about treatment. You will be given information and choices about various coping skills, community resources, and medications that are available to assist you in recovery.

• TREAT THE PERSON, NOT THE PROBLEM: Our treatment approach aims to improve overall health and relationships so that a person’s life becomes more appealing without drugs and alcohol. Instead of focusing energy on convincing someone to stop, the goal is to teach people how.

• PREVENTING AND MANAGING RESUMED USE (RELAPSE): In treatment you will be taught ways to change your thinking and your behavior, which doesn’t always happen over night. If someone does return to drug or alcohol use they will be encouraged to come back to the group the following day to talk about what happened and get back on track. If use continues we will help you to find additional supports or a more structured treatment setting.

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