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Behavioral health issues affect all of us, but psychiatric illness and substance use disorders are often misunderstood. We promote stigma-free truth.

Help For Families

The Root Center focuses on the treatment of addiction, with a variety of behavioral and mental health support. So families can learn more about us, we offer:

Family education sessions

Family sessions are offered and encouraged at each clinic location on a monthly basis, or upon request. Clinicians provide information regarding agency services, treatment options and goals, as well as an opportunity for family members to ask specific questions or discuss concerns.

Open houses

Prospective patients and their families are able to visit the clinic they are considering receiving services from to interact with staff, have a tour, and review program services.

FOR FAMILIES

The Stigma of Addiction

Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace or infamy, a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.

Substance use disorders carry a high burden of stigma, and historically, a dependence on drugs has been viewed as immoral or the result of a lack of self-control. Fear of judgment means that people with substance use disorders are less likely to seek help, and more likely to drop out of treatment programs in which they do enroll. Once internalized, stigma affects a person’s self-esteem and self-worth, and it damages relationships with loved ones.

At The Root Center, we are in a unique position to reduce the stigma surrounding substance use and engagement in treatment. We pay attention to the language we use to discuss substance use disorders (SUDs) either formally, as part of prevention messaging, or informally, in conversations with colleagues and stakeholders. We are working in partnership with people who actively misuse substances and confront directly the myriad societal stigmas associated with having an SUD.

We provide education and model non-stigmatizing behavior and provide non-judgmental, empathic support.

WE REQUIRE FROM OUR STAFF

To offer compassionate support
To display kindness to people in vulnerable situations
To listen while withholding judgment
To see a person for who they are, not what drugs they use
To treat people with drug dependency with dignity and respect
To avoid hurtful labels
To replace negative attitude with evidence-based facts
To speak up when someone is mistreated because of their drug use.

Recovery Stories

Elisa

Joining a methadone treatment program was the most fortunate step I’ve ever taken in my life.   When I was abusing drugs, all of my ambitions and goals were irrelevant. My only thoughts were, ‘how am I going to get...

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Sheldon

I have been on the program for 12 years now and my life truly began when I committed to my recovery and began working the program.  I became involved with patient activities and in 2014, I was offered employment as...

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