February 14, 2018 – The disease of addiction can be difficult to understand. Addiction changes the brain in such a way that health care providers, loved ones and the individuals struggling with dependency might not recognize its development. That’s why raising awareness and breaking the stigma is important.
The Malvern Model of Care centers around the belief that comprehensive recovery is best served through a complete understanding of addiction. Our individualized treatment approach addresses each person’s specific needs with diverse programming including education, family support group, and individual counseling sessions.
This week, the New York Times published stories from health care professionals about the struggles faced when treating an individual addicted to opioids. Experiences include gaps in our health care system, the emotional toll on health care workers and myths on why some people become addicted.
Here’s a respondent on why it’s important to share stories of recovery:
The biggest misconception about opioid abuse is that folks cannot get better. I saw with intensive outpatient treatment over a year with Suboxone that miracles do happen. I saw folks get better and become productive members of society. I saw them turn around and give back to other addicts. I saw their families heal with them. But the investment of resources is significant. They also need continuing care for many years — less frequent treatment but they still need to attend groups at least once a week sometimes for years and continue on their Suboxone.
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Read more in the New York Times.