ASAM Definition of Addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines ADDICTION as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant programs with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addition often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. Read More…

FOUR CIRCLES PLEASED WITH INITIAL DATA IN OUTCOME STUDY

Study examining the therapeutic outcomes associated with wilderness therapy for young adults with substance abuse issues shows promising results after the first year of data collection.   Read More…

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We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality behavioral health and addiction treatment.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • The Jason Foundation