Outpatient services specifically designed for individuals seeking substance abuse treatment. 

Individuals who are given priority admission to services include:  persons struggling with opioid use, women, and persons struggling with IV drug use.   

Substance Abuse & Addiction
Addiction is the persistent, compulsive use of a mood altering substance or behavior which causes harm to many aspects of an individual’s life. It is chronic (long term), progressive (gets worse over time), and prone to relapse periods.

Many experts now consider addiction to be a brain disease: a condition caused by persistent changes in brain structure and function. While this brain disease does not remove responsibility for behavior and choices, it does help explain why many addicts cannot stop using drugs by sheer force of will alone.

Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.
Source: NIDA and drugabuse.gov

What happens as a result?
Substance abuse can lead to significant changes in:
• Peer group
• Grades
• Job performance
• Eating patterns
• Behaviors
• Mood
• Communication patterns
• Weight loss or gain
• Appearance

Other signs to look for include:
• Isolating from supports
• Inability to account for money or missing valuables
• Being vague about whereabouts and activities

Physical effects of substance abuse may include:
• Changes in the function of brain and body systems
• Organ and tissue damage
• Premature birth, low birth weight, or developmental delays and behavioral disorders in children of pregnant women who abuse substances
• Loss of appetite, dehydration, malnutrition, anxiety, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, change in breathing, convulsions
• Damage to the heart or lungs resulting in stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and even death

Recovery begins at HCS.
Substance abuse services are currently offered at HCS to help individuals and families who are seeking to make a change by traveling the road of recovery. Substance abuse services consist of group and/or individual therapy sessions that occur one to three times per week. Group sessions are made up of several tracts for men, women, and adolescents. These tracts focus on a variety of specialty concentrations:
• Relapse prevention planning
• Support system development
• Trauma treatment
• Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment
• Relationship and communication skill building
• Coping skill development
• Anger management

What happens in treatment?
During your initial appointments at HCS, your therapist will ask a lot of questions to help them understand what is going on in your life and how they may be helpful. Your therapist will then work with you to identify your current goals and what steps need to be taken to achieve them. These goals will be used to create a plan of action or treatment plan, which outlines what you and your therapist agree to do together to reach your goals. Each session following the creation of this plan will be focused on taking those agreed-upon steps and at the end of each session, you and your therapist will assess the progress made.

What else is available?
Because a high percentage of individuals dealing with substance abuse are also dealing with mental health issues, the following areas can also be addressed:
• Depression
• Stress
• Motivation
• Self-care
• Anxiety
• Self-esteem
• Co-dependency
• Family dynamics
• Goal-setting
• Interpersonal communication
• Boundary-setting

Our staff is patient, kind, respectful, and dedicated. We look forward to learning how we can help develop a plan for your service and participate in evaluating your progress.

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