Substance Abuse Treatment at The Fullbrook Center
Many of the clients at The Fullbrook Center understand the reality of substance abuse. It is a problem that centers in the mind.
No matter the consequences that have arisen from alcoholism or addiction, the mind will give addicts a sufficient reason to drink or use again, though it is not rational.
Strong resolutions, remorse, emotional reasons from others become inadequate when trying to convince someone with alcoholism to stop. The person is truly without defense against the first drink.
What is Substance Use Disorder?
People with substance use disorder were historically thought to be weak people or people with major flaws in their moral makeup. Before treatment centers and Alcoholics Anonymous, people with substance use disorders had trouble finding a way to have long-term sobriety.
Now, however, much of medical research considers alcoholism to be an illness. If alcoholism is left untreated, it can be dangerous, life threatening and can be the source of many problems for the person addicted, as well as for their family and friends.
Addiction is Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
Often, heard in the room of Alcoholics Anonymous, is that the disease of addiction is cunning and baffling.
People with alcoholism or those who suffer from substance use disorder have hard consequences to their actions: jail, failed relationships, unemployment, deep emotional pain and sometimes trauma. However, the consequences and any type of emotional appeal are not a strong enough defense against the first drink.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an alcoholic’s or addict’s response to consequences is a symptom of the illness.
“One of the most important signs of substance addiction or dependence is continued use of drugs or alcohol despite experiencing the serious negative consequences of heavy drug or alcohol use.”
Even though different consequences emerge from addiction, two other symptoms of alcoholism and addiction are consistent through drinkers and drug users.
When they start drinking or using drugs, they will use far more than they intended. Second, when they stop, they will start again.
The ability to stop, stay stopped, and live a life that is not derailed by deep resentment, trauma or fear becomes impossible.
Fullbrook Clients Finds Strength in the 12-Steps
At The Fullbrook Center, our goal is to bring awareness to the problem of alcoholism and addiction and provide strength through a viable solution.
When firm resolutions no longer hold up, our client can use the tools provided that ensure long-lasting sobriety and a true connection filled with service and honesty.
In our solution-based, 12-step approach, we show how one can be aware of the things in them that block them from forming an authentic connection.
By going through the 12 steps and sharing our experience, we show our clients how they were showing up.
We utilize high accountability to bring awareness to individuals and the community.
How Clients Change From the 12 Steps and Recovery
After being shown these principles, we then provide the next step on how one can show up differently. Going through all 12 steps, clients will begin to know a new freedom, an improved way to react, and a new motive in helping others.
We provide them with tools to connect to something greater than themselves. With the marrying of our clinical team and recovery team, we provide our clients a chance of long-term sobriety and a new life of purpose.
The Promises of the 12 Steps:
- Freedom and happiness
- Let go of past regrets
- Have inner peace
- Learn to be useful and of service to others
- Ability to let go of control
- Our attitude and outlook on life will change
- Fear will become manageable
The Steps Plus Expert Trauma Treatment and Care
Our clinical team brings the best evidence-based therapy to help our clients heal from deep traumatic wounds and from substance use disorder.
We use tried and true therapies and modern approaches to healing, such as Brené Brown’s “Connections” curriculum, which focuses on re-establishing connection, thus finding renewed purpose and healing from trauma. As a dual diagnosis facility, Fullbrook clients work on healing trauma and providing addiction treatment from substance abuse. Our clinical approach simultaneously works on the intertwined symptoms of trauma and addiction in women.
The FullBrook Center has six Master’s level clinicians on our clinical team.