Treating Drug Addiction
Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will.
Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs exceed $600 billion annually.
At St. Martin de Porres House of Hope we believe:
- Addiction is a complex but treatable disease.
- No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.
- Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.
- Abusers must remain in treatment for an adequate period of time.
This is why our programs are individualized and residents remain in our car for 12 “ 19 months. Our residents have access to daily 12-step meetings and counselors are available to help them stay with the program and achieve their individual plans.
To learn more about how drug abuse addictions, read this article published by WebMD.