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Understanding the Harm Reduction Model in Addiction Treatment

May 22, 2020

Often, people who want to start treatment are apprehensive because of the possibility that they could slip up anywhere along the way.  We get it. BrightView recognizes that addiction is not a well paved, one-way street.  Addiction is a path with many obstacles, roadblocks, with twists and turns along the way.  A lapse or 'slip up' while someone is in recovery is certainly not inevitable, but it is also not uncommon. This is why BrightView adheres to the harm reduction model of treatment.

For us, the harm reduction model means that every patient deserves to be treated like a human being—with dignity, respect, empathy, and understanding.  We want to provide care that minimizes negative consequences and promotes inclusion and health.  This basically means that BrightView takes a non-punitive, non-confrontational approach with each of our patients.  We are strong advocates of giving patients second chances, or as many chances as they need to reach their ultimate recovery potential.  Like a lot of other addiction treatment centers, BrightView understands that recovery is hard work, and most likely one of the hardest things most of our patients will ever have to do in their lives. Addiction treatment is highly structured and requires a lot of soul-searching as well.

A saying that is emphasized a lot throughout our centers is “progress, not perfection.”  BrightView will be with our patients every step of the way, and if a patient isn’t grasping the right resources, we will work with them to figure out what does work.  This might be as simple as changing a medication that a patient is taking or increasing the number of counseling sessions per week.  It may also include specialized care, like group therapy specifically for the LGBTQA+ community, or help finding stable housing.  Most patients begin in an intensive program and then graduate into an outpatient program, but it doesn’t mean that a patient is damaged or broken if it takes them a long time to transition, or if they can’t seem to “grasp” recovery success the first try.  What works for one patient, might not work for another, and what works quickly for one patient, might take longer for another.

At BrightView, our staff is handpicked.  In addition to the academic and experience prerequisites, their character must resonate with BrightView’s values.  BrightView has always been committed to hiring compassionate and thoughtful people.  It isn’t a secret that deciding to work in the “recovery industry” requires kindness, empathy, and most importantly, understanding of how the disease of addiction works.

There is no deadline, cutoff date, or time limit in recovery.  Our clinicians, nurses, physicians, counselors – all of our clinical staff at BrightView – understands that every single patient has a different story.  A story of how they “ended up in treatment” and what led to these moments.  That also means that every patient has the ability to rewrite the ending of their story.   It is rather uncommon to come across someone’s “story” that doesn’t include a few glitches and highs and lows along the way.  BrightView understands that there are going to be roadblocks, we have  been in the addiction treatment industry for four and a half years now, so, we are like the Farmers Insurance Company of addiction treatment, in that “we know a thing or two”.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, we encourage you to contact us today. Our friendly and caring recovery center staff answer the phones 24 hours a day. 1-833-510-HELP

 

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