Addiction (Substance Use Disorders) Treatment
Coleman, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) define addiction as:
“A treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics and the environment and an individual’s life experiences. People with addition use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”
This treatment program is a combination of interventions to address substance abuse and dependence. The plan may include SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment), assessment, individual and group counseling, case management, education, linkage to self-help groups and family systems work.
Treatment may include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance-use disorders and relief of withdrawal symptoms so clients stay engaged in detoxification and primary counseling.