Chronic Care For Addiction Recovery In Panama City Beach, FL
Addiction is often a misunderstood illness. For a long period of time, addiction was looked upon by the general public as a bad habit or moral failing. But decades of research on the brain as well as a multitude of genetic studies have proven that addiction is, in fact, a chronic brain disease. The American Society of Addiction Medicine 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.” Addiction, like other chronic illnesses, is characterized by cycles of relapse and remission, therefore chronic care is necessary in addiction treatment. Chronic care addresses pre-existing or long-term illnesses, rather than acute care, which addresses short-term illnesses. Sustaining lifelong recovery means a lifelong commitment.
Chronic Care : Ongoing Support For Addiction Recovery
Treating a chronic condition with a chronic care model means that continued treatment and ongoing support is required; yet, addiction patients often do not receive the long-term system of care that is imperative to sustaining health. When looking at other chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, it is widely accepted that a lifetime of disease management should be required; however, addiction rarely receives the community buy-in that a continuum of care is necessary for long-term recovery.
There are more than 23 million adult Americans that meet diagnostic criteria for a drug or alcohol addiction. Without chronic care, these addicts will continue the cycle of substance abuse and relapse, suffer serious health problems, and face possible overdose.
Five Characteristics Addiction Shares With Other Chronic Diseases:
- Link to family history and genetics
- Influenced by behavior or lifestyle choices
- Risk of disability and premature death
- Effective treatments, but no cures
- Receiving Continued Care for Chronic Addiction
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Chronic Care Begins at JourneyPure Emerald Coast
Because JourneyPure Emerald Coast recognizes that addiction is a chronic condition, our commitment to your health and recovery doesn’t end when you leave your treatment program. A strong continuous care plan is key to maintaining long-term recovery from the chronic conditions of drug addiction and alcoholism. Once a residential inpatient program is completed, there may be step-down treatment through intensive outpatient care.
JourneyPure’s patients have access to discharge planners to help outline what extended care options are available and what the step-down treatment plan should be. Each patient’s course of treatment will be different, and we tailor our plans to support your ongoing needs. Through recovery coaching in our JourneyPure Coaching™ app, we are able to maintain contact with patients following discharge even if they are not local to where they received treatment.
As part of a greater chronic care outline, some patients may choose to follow up residential treatment with lower levels of care before discharging. This typically occurs in the form of Intensive Outpatient Care. We will work with each patient to identify what step-down options best suit their needs.
Chronic care means following a continuing recovery plan outside of treatment. Our JourneyPure Coaching™ app uses technology paired with a recovery coach to deliver continuous care to each patient via your smartphone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patients with co-occurring mental health issues have access to continued care with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner.
We connect you with the best addiction rehabilitation experts and resources in your area including drug and alcohol counselors, local sober living communities, and 12-Step programs.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast looks forward to providing you with the ongoing tools and services you need to help you cope with the chronic disease of addiction by developing new patterns of healthy living. We’re here to help, and we’re here to stay. We are committed to providing the chronic care you need for long-term recovery.