We Stand Behind Our Recovery Program
Miles Tate battled addiction for 10 years before he met Dr. Bosworth. Through a new medicine and regular communication, Dr. Bosworth helped Miles get back on track when no one else could. Today, Miles has two bachelor’s degrees and is aiming towards graduate school.
Preventive Health Strategies believes so strongly in the Meaningful Recovery Program that if you engage in it, we’re committed to this being the last treatment program you’ll need.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are nearly 20 million Americans in need of addiction treatment at any given time. Of these, only 25% have access to treatment and of those, half drop out. Of the half who complete treatment, as many as 90% relapse.
The new American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) definition of addiction evolved during a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. “Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.”
“At its core, addiction isn’t just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It’s a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas,” says Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. “But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It’s about underlying neurology, not outward actions.”
The new definition also describes addiction as a primary disease, meaning that it’s not the result of other causes, such as emotional or psychiatric problems.
And like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, addiction is recognized as a chronic disease, so it must be treated, managed, and monitored over a person’s lifetime. Current research indicates that a total of seven years is needed to completely restore the brain. After six months of Meaningful Recovery, Dr. Bosworth can point to real progress.
Dr. Annette Bosworth continually explores ways technology can improve addiction treatment for better long-term results. Her Meaningful Recovery Program model uses medicine and cost-effective technology to tailor a treatment program to the individual. That includes enlisting the crucial support of family and friends who will collaborate in a treatment network.