Psych Garden’s Approach to Addiction Treatment
What is Addiction
There are many ways out of addiction. The right way for you may be different for others. Treatment follows the careful diagnosis and the individualized compassionate application of evidence-based strategies. Contrary to common belief, abstinence is not always necessary. It is possible for people to learn to use moderately, though for some this may be so difficult that the effort, struggle and consequences of use are just not worth it. This is a decision only the person struggling can make.
What are the Benefits of Addiction Treatment?
Our goal is not to cease the behavior or to use, but to live safer, more fully, more connected and more mindfully.
Reduces Opioid Overdoses
More than 42,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016, a 28 percent increase over 2015. Good treatment saves lives.
Reduces Relapse Rate
Relapse rates in addiction are around 40-60% – lower than many other chronic medical disorders, but we can do better.
Customized Recovery Path
There are many paths to recovery: let us help find what’s right for you.
How We View Addiction
We listen to your goals and preferences, understanding that you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want some change, using science and gentle understanding to help you feel better, live longer and feel in charge.
- No one wants to become addicted. Use starts as fun, but can become a way to manage difficult feelings or situations, like lonesomeness, loss or anxiety. For some, it’s just much more compelling than for others, either because of genes, their circumstances or feelings. The drug use (or alcohol, or sex, or any compulsive addiction) becomes a refuge, luring us back.
- Unfortunately, addiction changes the way our body perceives and manages stress via our stress hormone circuits. It changes the very way we feel about the dangers in the world and how we decide how to manage them. While never the intention, we end up more anxious, more miserable, more reactive and more trapped.
- Addiction is also a learned habit, tugging on our thinking, changing our values and taking effort to resist. It’s really hard to unlearn a habit like this. It takes concerted practice, a willing and supportive community and, importantly, a better alternative. Why quit something if it still kind of works?
- To change, we need to respond to triggers differently and stay away from triggers altogether. But to change deeply, in ways that go way beyond the addiction, that will make their whole life richer and more meaningful, people need to unwrap the emotions and thoughts that lie deep within our automatic behaviors, to face what has been avoided, to discover the stifled and stunted parts of themselves that need to be heard, need to contribute. We would be glad to do this with you.
- Home Detox from opiates, alcohol and benzodiazepines without an expensive and distressing hospitalization
- Specialist pharmacological treatment of addiction
- Vivitrol – The Facts About Naltrexone
- Suboxone and other buprenorphine treatments – Vivitrol vs Suboxone
- Drug Testing: Urine saliva or hair toxicology testing
- Therapy that is evidence-based, effective and delivered with clarity and kindness.
- Harm Reduction and Moderation Management approaches
- The “Sinclair Method”