Fixing the Real Problem

It is such a comfort to hear from patient after patient who tell me that their life has been transformed from one dependent on fear and false hope to one that is dependent on their own self-confidence in themselves – becoming fully capable of making their own decisions and making “right” ones every day. The success, diagnosis they tell me, is not just the skills and the tools they are learning, but the help they receive in their individual counseling sessions where they are learning about the “causes” of their dependency on alcohol or drugs. They are learning to negate the fear that comes from memories of these negative events and put them in a perspective where the fear and memory of them is not overwhelming. I believe too often this is what is missed in treatment. We are looking at magic medicine, nurse magic tools, “coaching” – everything except the causes of the problem itself. Facing this in session and dealing with it is how great improvement is being made, time and time again. This is REAL recovery. This is not just a band-aid. This is the real deal. It takes hard work and great courage, but day in and day out I talk to those who have invested the time and effort with our amazing counselors, and have found that the results were worth the effort. Keep it up, you can be there too!

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