By: Kim Fielding-Payne Staff Writer, Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
Challenges and resolution. Each day more and more Americans fall victim to opioid abuse. Whether they become addicted to pain pills after a serious injury or by experimenting with heroin, opioid abuse has grown into a serious public health issue. As the addiction takes over, it can seem impossible to find a path to healing and hope. Beaches is helping people to find the path to healing and who they want to become.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, “Each day, 44 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription drugs.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 60 percent of those deaths involve an opioid and nearly 80 percent of individuals addicted to opioids never receive treatment. To help combat this, Beaches Recovery is trying to help as many people as possible break the cycle of opioid addiction by providing opioid treatment services. Our goal is to help those who are addicted learn to live happy and healthy lives.
Affectionately known as Beaches by our patients, lives change every day here. Patient education, progressive evidenced-based treatments, therapeutic adventure programs, and learning new and healthy life skills are just some of the things that make Beaches a special and comfortable place to heal and reclaim life. Our client care experts are committed to following the latest recommendations supported by research in opioid treatment services.
Beaches’ Medical Director, Dr. Marcus De Carvalho, notes that, “Beaches’ program includes caring for one’s biological, social, and psychological needs.”
Consistent patient education is unique to our program and plays a vital role in the healing process. “Right from the ‘get-go’ we educate individuals on the fact that this (opioid addiction) is an epidemic,” notes De Carvalho. “Once the pattern of addiction has set in, the brain changes in a way that makes it believe that they need heroin or the opioid to survive.”
Beaches recognizes opioid addiction as a brain disease. Some clients may benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which is the use of medication in combination with the use of behavioral therapies to combat opioid addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) research has shown that, “individuals receiving MAT often demonstrate dramatic improvement in addiction-related behavior and psychosocial functioning.”
Clients at Beaches have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable medical professionals to consider all options and participate in designing a opioid treatment services program that meets their individual needs.
“Our goal at Beaches is to get our clients to engage in new experiences and to find something they can become passionate about,” notes Scott Cretul, Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program Director. “In these moments, I catch glimpses of real smiles, which reflect true happiness and accomplishment. I’m committed to helping our clients see the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit.”
Sara, a proud Beaches alumni recalls, “In the West Coast treatment center I was at before Beaches, I felt trapped and wasn’t treated like an individual. But when I got here, they worked with me to help me understand how to deal with my addiction and figure out who I want to be as a person.”
“Learning new healthy life skills is a big part of what we do,” said Hallie Marcotte, Business Development at Beaches Recovery. Whether it’s relearning how to have fun in healthy ways such as surfing, yoga, or even hiking, our professional staff introduce our client’s to new and healthy ways to live their lives on a daily basis.”
Beaches offers the full continuum of care in their opioid treatment services from detox to aftercare within a culture of caring. Every client that walks through Beaches’ doors, they are assured that Beaches is committed to helping clients overcome opioid dependence along with co-occurring disorders through strengthening their physical, spiritual and mental health in a warm and welcoming recovery community.
Kyle Marcotte, Founder, and CEO of Beaches Recovery, and his staff know that, “There is nothing more rewarding than being approached by a family that says ‘thank you for bringing their loved one back’ to them.” While in the throes of addiction, it may seem like there is no path to healing and that a happy and healthy life is out of reach. Families and their loved ones can rest assured that Beaches has a resolution.
Sources: 1. http://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/ 2. http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html 3. http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Medication-Assisted-Treatment-ofOpioid-Use-Disorder-Pocket-Guide/SMA16-4892PG