Addiction as a Mental and Physical Illness
The outdated notion of addiction as a moral failing is something that all research categorically refutes. A doctor can scan the brain of someone suffering from drug addiction and see the physical differences that addiction causes. However, there is more to addiction than the idea that it’s a brain disease. This fact does not lead to negative judgment, but greater empathy that can allow rehab centers to treat addiction on a deeper level.
Addiction does not correlate with moral character, but it does have a close correlation with trauma and depression. It’s easy to draw a circumstantial link between these social ills and hardships, but the evidence backs it up as well.
One study revealed that therapy had a powerful effect in preventing relapse in people who suffered from alcohol addiction. We’ve used the evidence to craft a compassionate, comprehensive philosophy of addiction rehabilitation combined with science-based care techniques. One of the most important elements of our addiction rehabilitation program is the emphasis on individualization.
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen, MD
Niloufar Nekou, LMFT
Dr. John Biroc, PhD, LMFT
Katarena Arger, AMFT
Dr. Loren Martin, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Ryan Roemer, PhD
Clinical Director Virtual Care
Kimia Anderson, AMFT
Assistant Clinical Director
Heather Deranja, MA RDN
Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Larissa Kibort, CADAC I
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