A. A character flaw that comes from laziness and too much partying
B. A disease that hijacks a person's brain and a chemical reality that you cannot change.
C. None of the above
Human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It's how we get our satisfaction. If we can't connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find. A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn't bond safely with something else.
The people we love who are recovering from opiate or heroin bonds have a limited set of options for their post-detox life, and often even fewer resources available to create and follow plans that lead to sustainable health. Most return to the dysfunctional environments they came from, or find their way into rehab facilities, halfway houses and prisons where they feel lonelier than ever.
Addiction is an adaptation.
It's not you.
It's your cage
Our facilities & programs are intentionally designed to enhance an individual’s experience of connectedness, rather than diagnosing & treating specific problems.
We believe that using the label addict facilitates socially-acceptable shaming. Stigmatizing people as addicts and creating non-addict/addict relationships in therapeutic settings often worsens the roots causes of addiction: isolation and disconnectedness.
The right prescription might help you get started, but the journey to integrated health is a long road in which we need each other to help navigate. The truth is, the only ‘medicine’ that works for everyone is connection: meaningful and authentic connection with ourselves, with each other, and with our planet.