As a result of research we know that addiction and alcoholism are diseases that affect both brain and behavior. The definition of addiction has changed with scientific advances. Today addiction is defined by The National institute on Drug Abuse as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain, they change the structure and how the brain works. These changes can be long lasting and lead to the destructive behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs. Various techniques of addiction treatment have not been effectively combined together to make up a successful, innovative treatment center’s curriculum.
Rockland Treatment Center incorporates and combines several successful facets of substance abuse treatments, including psychological evaluations to ensure an accurate and thorough diagnosis, cognitive-behavioral techniques, neurofeedback intervention, group-based therapy, individual therapy, interactive journaling, and 12-step program based principles. The current treatment program for addiction is based on a combination of the aforementioned techniques, conducted in a state of the art treatment center.
Our primary goal consists of reducing symptom severity for individuals who suffer from addiction and provide clients with the skills to live a life free of substance dependence. The premises of the program are that substance abusers are capable of change, behavior results from a conscious choice, and that thinking and skill development are integral for more effective ways to live one’s life.
Throughout the treatment process, clients will progress as they reach identified goals and objectives. A client’s individualized treatment plan (ITP) will serve to measure individual goals and objectives that are directly related to the substance abuse problem. The ITP will be formulated through input from the client, his/her psychologist, the clinical director, and information obtained during the initial assessment process. The integration of this data by the treatment team is critical for understanding the client and for effective treatment.
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