Family ConnectionTwin Town will be hosting "Family Weekends" at one of our six locations each week. This ongoing series is for those who have a family member addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs that has not yet committed to recovery or is currently in the early stages of recovery. The goal is to help families start the wheels of recovery and get removed from the roller coaster that addictive, dysfunctional living provides. Click for details.
Recovery does not occur in a vacuum.
Counseling and case-management services are meaningfully coordinated between the client and their medical, home, school and/or work related supports. In Twin Town's outpatient settings, the client, while living in their natural living environment can immediately practice concepts and techniques taught during the course of treatment. The strategies and benefits of such treatment can be translated immediately into the client's life.
Twin Town Treatment Centers and its staff are committed to arresting the down-ward spiral created by the progression of the disease, and providing a bridge on which the client, their family and associates, may begin the process of personal healing, development and renewal.
Effective drug treatment or addiction treatment must focus on: physical chemical dependency; drug addiction related thinking and behavior; strained and alienated relationships; and, the spiritual sense of remorse, hopelessness and loneliness.
Long-time or chronic use of addictive drugs (drug addiction) creates changes in the way the brain transmits information. It appears that most drugs of abuse deplete the brain's dopamine receptors, negatively affecting the addict's ability to experience pleasure and reward without progressively increasing quantities of the drug. These changes create symptoms of drug addiction. Abstinence from the drug of dependency creates symptoms of detoxification and craving. Drug treatment and/or addiction treatment must address these physical needs.
While medical detoxification can alleviate these early symptoms of chemical withdrawal, a core change in the way the alcoholic/ addict thinks, perceives and behaves is essential toward achieving ongoing recovery. People build their recovery out of the pain and ashes of their former enslaved and inebriated selves. Our strength and serenity derive from hard work and reflection; pain and fear are often our source of motivation and information. Addiction treatment motivates and supports changes in thinking, behaving which result in emotional changes.
Drug addiction results in an avoidance of sensation, emotion and the perception of reality. Avoiding the consequences of personal choices and behavior- including the relief from pain and discomfort- would be counter-productive during the course of drug treatment. Ultimately, change must occur in how the addict thinks, perceives sensation and emotions, and behaves. There will never be a successful approach to addiction treatment that does not involve addressing all three of the core components of the disease: Medical, Emotional, and Spiritual (Body, Mind, Spirit).
As a psychologist who has over 42 years of clinical experience in treating alcoholism and other drug addictions I have found Twin Town to be an outstanding referral option. When I send a client to them I can rest assured that they are going to be treated with respect and that they will be assigned a counselor who is committed to providing them with the best possible care. Twin Town's CEO, David Lisonbee, is one of the most ethical and caring leaders I have ever met. He provides outstanding support for his clinical team which means that each and every patient who enters treatment will be given the treatment teams very best effort. Keep up the great work David.
Sincerely, Allen Berger, Ph.D. - Author of the popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery.
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