First and foremost, addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. A great deal of stigma is associated with addiction. This creates the need for treatment providers to educate society about the disease of addiction, including but not limited to: mainstream healthcare professionals, policy makers, community members and family members of those who suffer from addiction.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease affecting three primary regions of the brain, basal ganglia, the extended amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. Addiction along with diabetes, COPD and hypertension are all lifelong diseases that need lifelong medical and behavioral management in order to maintain a productive and healthy life. There are times when an individual is noncompliant with their treatment plan and their disease is exacerbated, requiring hospitalization. For the diseases of diabetes, COPD and hypertension, admission to a hospital for treatment and stabilization would not be questioned if the patient’s life was in danger. The same cannot be said about the disease of addiction. It is time that we “must approach with the same skill and compassion with which we approach heart disease, diabetes, and cancer”.1
Addiction is a progressive disease. If an individual does not receive treatment the disease will worsen, potentially leading to disability or death.
Addiction is a treatable disease. It can be treated with interventions often involving the combination of medications and behavioral treatment. There is no standard path to recovery, each individual’s path to recovery should meet their own specific needs.
Addiction is a relapsing disease. “Like with other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of remission and recovery.”2 Relapse is part of recovery and should not be a reason to give up hope and quit trying.
BreakThru is a substance use and/or abuse treatment service located within an acute care hospital. Clients who are in withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs are medically stabilized and managed on a medical/surgical unit, just like any other patient recovering from surgery or other medical conditions, preserving dignity and confidentiality.
Using a multidisciplinary team approach, withdrawal symptoms and medical comorbidities are medically managed throughout the withdrawal period, ensuring safe and effective medical outcomes.
We offer an innovative medical collaboration between the hospital and community referral partners so that we can establish a personalized aftercare discharge plan. Clients are then followed for one year to determine recovery outcomes.
BreakThru is devoted to focusing on integrity and quality to create a healthier and better life for those impacted by substance use and/or abuse.
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016.
2. Kampman K, Jarvis M. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use. J Addict Med. 2015 Sep-Oct;9(5):358-67.
3201 West HWY 22
Corsicana, TX 75110
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
(440) 816-HOPE (4673)
A beautiful married couple went through BreakThru at Southern Ohio Medical Center. 7 months later they stopped by for a visit:
“We were treated so well here. No one judged us. They treated us with respect, & didn’t see us as bad people.” -Patrick
“We’ve learned to embrace life and appreciate the little things. We go on hikes, and walk along the river. We never did anything like that before.” -Amy
“Our refrigerator is full, and our house is clean for the first time in as long as we can remember.” -Amy
“I’m back to work, and really living life. If I can do this, ANYONE can!” –Patrick