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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a powerful disease and complex condition that affects a person’s brain and ability to control the intake of harmful substances. Substance abuse and mental health disorders affect people from all different backgrounds at different stages of life.

Addiction is a complex disease that can affect the brain as well as human behavior. Drug addiction can start with the experimental use of a recreational drug; however, for some people, the drug use can become more frequent and develop into an addiction. Although treatable, addiction is not something to be taken lightly, and if you find yourself or someone you know who is showing signs or symptoms of addiction, it is important to seek help and treatment at a rehabilitation center with therapists and trained professionals who can help you start the process of recovery.


Addiction is treatable; however, without the right treatment and care, it can be known as a ‘relapsing disease’ or a return to addictive behavior after an attempt to stop. The recovery process allows people to improve their health and wellness and live independent, addiction-free lives. The recovery process also allows those suffering from addiction to realize that each person is a unique individual who holds the ability to lead successful, fulfilling lives. 


Evidence-based modalities or treatments in substance abuse are backed by scientific evidence. It has gone through various scientific testing processes to prove its effectiveness. At SHWC, we integrate evidence-based treatments in our care with every individual patient as it helps provide the best and most effective personalized treatment programs.

Trauma-informed care looks at what has happened with the patient’s life. With this approach, the belief is that the healthcare provider needs to have a whole picture of the client’s past and present situation to understand the root cause of the behavior fully. This allows the provider to offer a more effective diagnosis and treatment plan.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of psychological treatment founded on three core values: problems are partially due to negative or counterproductive ways of thinking, poorly learned behavior, and a lack of healthy coping mechanisms.

Family therapy is a type of counseling that focuses on improving relationships within a family unit. This can be anything from conflict resolution to learning healthy communication styles. These tools help families support each other and learn positive habits to help them navigate challenging situations together. 

Psychotherapy is the general term for treating mental health issues through counseling with a mental health care provider. This process helps patients to understand their behavior, moods, and feelings. Psychotherapy can help to resolve ongoing issues patients are experiencing and help them establish healthy coping skills and habits.

Recreational therapy uses leisure activities to help people with specific health conditions improve their skills, abilities, overall health, and emotional well-being. 

Psychoeducation refers to providing education to individuals who are seeking mental health services.  

Trauma Therapy is an approach that recognizes the importance of understanding traumatic events that impacted the client in their childhood. These traumas can impact their mental, emotional, physical, or behavioral well-being.

Treatment & Services:

  • PHP - partial hospitalization program is a structured, intensive mental health treatment program for those with a serious mental health or substance use disorder

  • IOP - programs treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. IOP offers group therapy and life skills classes for those with substance abuse issues.

  • OP - outpatient is a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

  • Prevention

  • Peer Support

  • Housing (No Housing Payments or Financial Deposits needed with Assisted Living)

  • Food Security

  • Workforce and Personal Development

  • Crisis Intervention - We are here to provide you with the help you need and to give you a sense of control to restore basic coping skills. ​​

  • Co-occurring Disorders  - There is a myriad of co-occurring disorders; some include but are not limited to alcohol addiction and panic disorder, and major depression.

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