Awareness IS the First Step to Healing
"Mental health is the foundation for emotions, thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also key to relationships, personal and emotional well-being and contributing to community or society.
Many people who have a mental illness do not want to talk about it. But mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! It is a medical condition, just like heart disease or diabetes. And mental health conditions are treatable. We are continually expanding our understanding of how the human brain works, and treatments are available to help people successfully manage mental health conditions.
Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, geography, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity."
American Psychiatric Association
Definition Of Substance Abuse
".... substance abuse refers to excessive use of a drug in a way that is detrimental to self, society, or both. This definition includes both physical dependence and psychological dependence.
Physical dependence caused by prolonged use of a drug refers to an altered physiological state in which withdrawal symptoms develop when the drug is discontinued.
Psychologic dependence refers to a state of intense need to continue taking a drug in the absence of physical dependence. By these definitions, alcohol is a drug that can cause both physical and psychological dependence. Alcohol and marijuana is considered to be one of several drugs of abuse.
Many addicts take abusable substances as a means of relieving anxiety or depression. It is often helpful to inquire whether the patient prefers "uppers" (stimulants) or "downers" (sedatives). Drug abusers who struggle primarily with depression usually prefer "uppers." Those who suffer primarily from anxiety tend to prefer "downers".
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
John B. Griffin, JR
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New Pathways Core Values
We cultivate trust through open and clear communication and the integrity of our words and actions.
We invite cheerfulness and hope by acting with consideration and decency to all who enter.
We ensure a welcoming and non-judgmental environment at all times to ensure quality care.
We celebrate diversity and deeply value each individuals input in order to meet their needs which is integral to the success of the therapeutic environment.