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What is the spectrum of substance use?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition that was released in 2013 now views substance use disorders on a spectrum that includes mild, moderate, and severe. The majority of treatment programs treat all of its participants as if they had a severe addiction. Numerous national research studies show that there are four times people dealing with a mild to moderate disorder than a severe one. Insight does not believe or treat all substance users as if they are “addicts” or “alcoholics” nor do we require 12-step attendance.


What is Harm Reduction?

Harm Reduction is a treatment philosophy that is not widely accepted in the United States but has been a proven strategy for helping people who are not ready or willing to stop using chemicals. The goal is to reduce the consequences of alcohol or drug using behaviors with a non-judgmental, collaborative approach to help people increase the quality of their lives.


What is Alcohol Moderation?

Alcohol moderation is a type of harm reduction. It is for individuals who have not developed a physical addiction to alcohol. Many drink to cope and find that it is beginning to cause problems. We will determine if it is safe for you to continue drinking, help you understand why your drinking may be getting out of control, and develop tools to manage those reasons. There is over 50 years of research that support alcohol moderation as a viable treatment option.


How long is your program?

The best answer to this question is: it depends. We do not judge success by abstinence. We look at improvement in four main areas: reduction in the harms of substance use, stable mental health, improved family relationships, and a direction for school or work.


Why is outpatient treatment better?

While there are times that a person needs hospitalization or residential care, those levels of care are extremely expensive and disruptive to the person’s job, school, and family. Living away from home is often a geographic cure that is not sustainable. Outpatient care helps you deal with your issues as you are experiencing them.


Will my family be involved?

Substance use affects the whole family. Trust may be damaged and loved ones may be contributing to the problem. Each family member will have a voice and plan for having healthy relationships.


How do you handle my sensitive information?

Services are provided by licensed, credentialed clinicians who are required to adhere to licensing and ethical guidelines that keeps all information confidential. You are also protected under 42 CFR Part 2 which is federal law that protects information that is revealed during substance use disorder treatment.


Must I stop using substances to be a part of your program?

Everyone’s goals in treatment are unique. We are one of the only programs in the area that practice harm reduction and teach alcohol moderation.