Unison Health: 3 Steps to Substance Abuse Recovery


September is National Recovery Month, designated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to raise awareness of substance abuse issues and behavioral disorders throughout the country. By helping people gain a greater understanding of these very common health concerns—and celebrating the people who have courageously taken steps toward recovery—we can come together as a society to prevent substance abuse from taking hold, as well as remove the stigma that is too often attached to addiction and behavioral health disorders. 


But what does true recovery look like? At Unison Health, we recognize that substance abuse disorders are often closely linked to behavioral health concerns. In order for real recovery to occur, we must develop a holistic approach to wellness. By treating the addiction, addressing underlying mental health concerns and offering necessary primary care, we can help ensure better outcomes for our patients. 


Step 1: Stop the Cycle of Addiction


Substance abuse disorders can strike anyone anywhere, and they can spiral out of control at any time. The good news? There is a way out! 


When it comes to recovery, the first imperative is to eliminate the dependency on drugs and/or alcohol. That may require sub-acute detox, where the patient receives 24-hour, medically monitored care custom-tailored to safely rid the body of opiates such as heroin and OxyContin. By working closely with each patient throughout the detoxification process, we can ease the transition into sobriety in a way that helps prevent relapsing during those crucial first days. 


No matter where you are in life, and no matter what your addiction looks like, we have a path to sobriety that’s right for you. Adults can achieve and maintain your sobriety through we offer group treatment, individual counseling, family counseling and a program of case management that will keep you on track. For adolescents coping with substance abuse disorders, that means working closely with parents, schools and others to address the concerns that are unique to teenagers.


Step 2: Diagnose Behavioral Health Disorders


For many people, substance abuse disorders are a way of self-medicating a larger behavioral health problem such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Unison Health makes it easy to get access to our behavioral health services. 


We offer 24-hour crisis intervention services for current clients, where licensed professionals can help you or someone you love get through the darkest times—and we can provide the diagnostic assessments needed to let the healing take hold. Once we have diagnosed any underlying behavioral health issues, we can offer a treatment regimen that can sustain long-term mental health. 


Step 3: Ensure Wellness Through Primary Care


True recovery is a lifelong process, and that means staying committed to your overall well-being. That’s why Unison Health provides a range of primary care services, including an on-site family practice physician and access to a network of doctors and specialists throughout the community. 


We use the word “recovery” to describe the journey toward wellness, but the goal is really to do more than simply recover. True recovery is an opportunity to reemerge stronger and healthier than you ever were before. True recovery is a renewal of the body, the mind and the spirit. True recovery is the power to face down the underlying emotional problems that often drive a person to addiction in the first place. And Unison Health can help you achieve true recovery, walking alongside you on your journey to a happier, healthier you.