Having a clear sense of purpose is one of four factors that are key to effective treatment and sustained recovery, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
At La Hacienda that means we are here to help individuals find recovery and to also assist their families through the process.
That sense of purpose has long been spelled out through our “We Believe” statement. Motivated by a desire to provide the best possible healing experience, a 2008 task force sharpened it into a declaration that continues to guide our treatment philosophy. It states as follows:
- Chemical Dependency is a treatable disease of the body, mind, and spirit.
Alcoholics and other drug addicts can completely recover from the obsession to use.
- Recovery is an ongoing process, and a strong foundation is built in treatment through working the Twelve Steps.
- Successful recovery for a chemically dependent patient requires total abstinence from all mood/mind altering chemicals unless competently prescribed.
- A team approach is necessary for meeting our patient’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
- A spiritual experience is the ultimate goal of the treatment/recovery process
Engaging in a spiritual program of action while in treatment and after treatment is the best way to maintain recovery.
- Persons who seek treatment for chemical dependency may also have emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral problems which we address in treatment by means of therapeutic and medical interventions.
- After discharge, all patients need structured ongoing care. That care depends on the problems presented and their ability and willingness to engage these recommendations in their recovery program.
- Affordability is an important consideration in care and continuing care decisions.
In addition to a sense of purpose, SAMHSA, a part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, says integrated care, community strength and leadership are factors vital to successful recovery.
We are highlighting these elements during September as part of celebration of national Recovery Month. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.”