WHAT WE TREAT Addiction

When alcohol or drug use prevents you
from being the person you want to be –
it’s time to make a change.

Call: 1 (831) 372-4366

YOUR LIFE. YOUR TERMS. YOUR VISION.

We know you come to Beacon House for treatment for alcohol or drug addiction – but we treat more than your addiction.

We treat you.

You can create a life based on the things you value most. Only you know what those things are, and only you know what keeps you from living the life you want to live. When you realize addiction disrupts your life, damages your relationships, and affects your ability to fulfill your family, work, or school responsibilities, you may not know what to do. You may want to run away. From everything: treatment, friends, family, and the part of yourself that sees the problem.

We understand – and we can help.

REFRAME. REVISE. REBUILD.

We start by defining addiction as a chronic, relapsing medical condition that responds to an integrated treatment model that includes counseling, therapy, lifestyle changes, community support, and in some cases, medication. Next, we change how we talk about addiction – because words matter. We begin with you.

You’re a person with a treatable medical condition.

The world may identify you as an addict, a junkie, a stoner, or a drunk.

We encourage to try this instead:

I’m a person with an alcohol use disorder.

I’m a person with a substance use disorder.

Why?

Think about it this way: when you receive a diagnosis for a chronic, relapsing medical condition or disorder, you don’t begin thinking of yourself as that condition or disorder. You don’t walk out of the office thinking you’re a cancer or an arthritis or a hypertension. You’re still a person. A mother, father, sister, or brother. A clinical diagnosis does not eclipse your identity as a human being.

EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT WORKS

Here’s another thing to think about: when the doctor tells your there’s an effective treatment for your medical condition, you want that treatment – because you want to heal. The treatment may be challenging and involve significant lifestyle changes. It may mean you have to rearrange your daily routine and recalibrate your immediate priorities. But you take a deep breath and go all in – because it’s the right thing to do for yourself and the people who love you.

ACCEPTANCE. UNDERSTANDING. AWARENESS.

We know one reason you may not jump at the chance to enter treatment for an alcohol or substance use disorder: the stigma. For decades, the dominant paradigm dictated that people unable to quit drinking or doing drugs lacked willpower, had a character flaw, lacked morals, or were simply victims of their own poor decisions. That stigma extended to treatment, as well: people viewed seeking treatment as a sign of weakness.

At Beacon House, we look at it the opposite way.

We see the desire to seek treatment as a sign of strength. We see the decision to enter treatment as a sign of wisdom. We see the commitment to do the work of recovery as a sign of courage. That means we see you as strong, wise, and brave.

Above all, we see you as a person. When you realize your alcohol or substance use disorder disrupts your life, damages your relationships, degrades your health, and affects your ability to fulfill your family, work, or school responsibilities, we don’t want you to run from that realization. We want you embrace the part of you that seeks change, join our recovery community, and believe that with the right combination of treatment and support, a life without alcohol and drugs is within your reach.

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