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Addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs is a disease that negatively affects both the physical and mental health of the victim, while also hurting their friends and family. An individual suffering from addiction experiences withdrawal symptoms when they are unable to partake in the addictive behavior, making it extremely difficult to quit. Rehabilitation (inpatient or outpatient programs) and counseling that address physical, mental and behavioral aspects of addiction are necessary for a full recovery. 

The various types of addiction treatment include:

  • Detox

  • Inpatient or Residential Treatment

  • Outpatient Treatment

  • Support Groups such as SMART Recovery, Relapse Prevention or Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Psychotherapy 

  • Behavioral therapy

The recovery process is a long journey that can be challenging for the person who is addicted and their loved ones. Accepting several forms of treatment will help eliminate the possibility of relapse and susceptibility to other conditions such as anxiety and depression. 

Post-treatment care should be ongoing in order to help cope with the lifestyle changes that are required for a complete and lasting recovery. 

Positive Directions Approach to Addiction & Recovery:

At Positive Directions, we work to help our clients support and sustain recovery from addictive behaviors and substances. Our approach in working with clients to address their addiction is collaborative and client-driven, and we work to meet the client where they are at to tailor treatment to their individual circumstances. Upon admission, a comprehensive intake evaluation is completed to gather a history of the client and learn more about what they have been experiencing. This helps us to gather a comprehensive picture of the impact that addiction has had on their lives and allows us to tailor our approach to the client’s needs. 

Starting with this information, we then develop an individualized treatment plan for each client that is tailored to their needs and goals. The treatment plan guides the work we do in session, and progress toward treatment goals is evaluated and measured during each counseling session. Additionally, we periodically review this plan with our clients to ensure that we are consistently working toward and updating goals and objectives as appropriate.

Based upon the treatment plan, services are provided to address individual needs and teach clients the skills and tools necessary to gain insight and understanding around their substance use, work to reduce substance use and/or promote recovery, and improve their overall quality of life.  Our counselors also work closely with family members as appropriate, educating them about addiction and recovery, and supporting their involvement in their loved one’s treatment.

When providing these services, a variety of clinical techniques are utilized such as cognitive behavioral, behavioral modification, motivational interviewing, solution-focused and dialectical behavioral tools. Our clinicians are trained in a variety of effective treatment modalities, and treatment is tailored to specific individual and family needs. Our approach is designed to assist people in improving the quality of their lives.

Addiction: What We Do
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