Not every individual who uses alcohol and/or other drugs is alcoholic or addicted, nor do all problems relate to substance abuse. Many people have problems dealing with anger that often manifests itself in domestic violence, where alcohol and/or other drugs become the escape valve used to deal with anger and feelings of lack of control. There are many behaviors that can lead to a person eventually becoming addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs.
We believe that providing early stage education, counseling and family support can help intervene in behaviors that could eventually lead to problems with substance abuse and later on to addiction.
We also believe that alcoholism, drug addiction and other compulsive disorders are progressive diseases that affect all levels of society. We further believe that they are diseases that are treatable and from which a person can recover. We know that the primary indicator of the disease is the individual’s inability to control the intake of alcohol, drugs, or other substances and the behavior exhibited while under the influence.
We believe that effective treatment addresses the total person – physical, emotional, psychological, vocational, social and spiritual. Breaking through the individual’s denial that a problem exists must be a primary goal of treatment, and that total abstinence is a prerequisite to beginning and maintaining recovery. We know that life style change can best be provided by an effective treatment program that will encompass the individual and his/her family, significant others and friends – supported by participating in community based self help programs.