Treatment for the Disease of Addiction
What are your answers to these four questions? (Cage questionnaire)
- Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your substance use?
- Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your substance use?
- Have you ever felt Guilty about using your substance of choice?
- Have you ever felt you needed to usefirst thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a after affects of the night before?
Answering yes to two of the four questions means the matter should be investigated further by trained and certified licensed professionals.
Addiction is a disease. It is a chronic, progressive, fatal disease. It is no less dangerous than cancer, leukemia or many other diseases. If left untreated the prognosis may be death. Many in recovery from addiction confess that they were on the road to incarceration, ill health and likely dying from the disease of addiction. Whether their substance of choice was alcohol, opiate, or cocaine, the outcome is likely the same.
The good news is there is treatment for the disease of addiction. This includes substances such as alcohol, cocaine, opiates and methamphetamines. At Lehigh Valley Counselors, we are able to provide counseling services to define the needed treatment to support sobriety and recovery from substances. We are able to provide appropriate level of care recommendations once an assessment is completed. These may include;
- Inpatient addiction treatment
- Long term extended care
- Short term care
- Sober living homes
- Outpatient addiction counseling
- Intensive out patient programs
- Group programs
- Partial hospitalization programs
- General out patient programs
- Doctor-prescribed medications to reduce urges associated with addiction are available through referrals to appropriate physicians.
- Long-term addiction therapy to monitor progress and prevent relapse
- Medication assisted treatment
- Utilizing appropriate prescribed medications to reduce withdrawal and cravings while the patient has the opportunity to learn new skills in sobriety and recovery.
Often someone who has fallen prey to addiction does so because of a co-occurring mental or behavioral complication. Our counselors are skilled in looking beyond the surface of the addiction and into understand the other issues that may be complicating life for the client. This may include appropriate treatment by use of other medications.
“If in doubt, ask yourself one simple question: given the harm you’re doing to yourself and others, are you willing to stop? If not, you’re addicted. And if you’re unable to renounce the behavior or to keep your pledge when you do, you’re addicted.”
-In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor Mate MD