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.
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.
Signs of Addiction
Enlarged or small pupils
Sudden weight loss or gain
Unusual body odors
Poor physical coordination
Obsessive thoughts and actions
Disregard of harm caused
Loss of control
Denial of addiction or hiding drug use
- Heroin Abuse Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.
- Cocaine Abuse Cocaine increases levels of the natural chemical messenger dopamine in brain circuits controlling pleasure and movement.
- Benzo Abuse Benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos") work to calm or sedate a person, by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.
- Alcohol Abuse Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.
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.
More than 76% of Americans believe that substance addiction is nothing more than a moral problem
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.Dr. Leonard Lev, Medical Director at the Root Center for Advanced Recovery
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