Being addicted to a substance (alcohol, pills, cannabis, cocaine, etc.) can absolutely destroy your life – quickly becoming your primary relationship – destroying marriages, jobs, and family; with eventual financial, legal, and health consequences.
While the treatment of substance use disorders has become “trendy”, with “recovery programs” being franchised like fast food restaurants; effective therapy and treatments for substance use and abuse are quite complicated. Such treatment requires a strong therapeutic framework, combined with a treatment philosophy that takes into account the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual underpinnings causing you to rely on substances to get through life – and avoid discomfort.
Dr. Reef on CNN Speaking About America’s Widespread Addiction Problem
The treatment process we’ve developed at Lumion is relatively simple, yet extremely effective:
Crisis Intervention – to help you overcome your immediate need to self-medicate
Stabilization – perhaps with medication where appropriate
Emotional Development – to help you overcome the underlying feelings that led you to dependency
Addiction is a complicated form of chronic disease. Even after successful treatment and intervention, the risk of relapse into substance abuse and dependence remains high. Treatment programs are shown to be most effective when the goals are tailored to an individual’s personal characteristics. There is no one-size-fits-all recovery program.
An effective substance abuse treatment program must have a strong basis in neuroscience with medical experts, as well as strong spiritual practitioners, experts in psychological medicine, addiction medicine, and trauma. An addiction is truly a spiritual condition requiring deep internal change. Yet, many treatment centers and recovery programs focus only on symptom reduction and crisis management…
The team of behavioral medicine professionals at Lumion Center follows a three-step approach, where we first take you out of your crisis, then move you toward stabilization, eventually followed by the emotional growth necessary to put your addiction behind you. This process is necessary to attain the emotional strength required to change your dependent lifestyle, and to handle the stressors and discomfort you experience in everyday life.