What is addiction?
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing disorder that involves drug use despite adverse consequences. It is often considered a brain disorder because it involves changes in brain circuits involved with rewards and impulse control. These changes can have lasting effects even after a person has stopped taking a drug. However, research shows improvement in daily life and brain functioning after periods of abstinence and involvement in effective treatment.
Our Addiction Treatment Philosophy
We see substance use treatment as a microcosm for something that we all strive to do every day, which is to change our behavior, to do better. The difference is that alcohol and drugs exert powerful influences on our brain through the release of dopamine. However, at its core, we all struggle with something. We all have used something “out there” to make something “in here” feel better. Many of us call that something alcohol or drugs while many others call it relationships, gambling, reassurance seeking, sex, shopping, etc. We aim to balance the commonality in our experience with the specifics of your presenting issues to bring understanding and humanity to our evidence-based practice of substance use disorders.
How can COPE help?
We schedule an initial consultation with each person who is interested in receiving addiction treatment services to determine specific goals so we can develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your needs, including possible participation in our IMPROVE Outpatient Substance Use Program, individual therapy, or other services within COPE or elsewhere in the community. Other treatment approaches available at COPE include , Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure among others. To hear more about what treatment may be right for you, please contact us for more information.