From the Executive Director

“Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances,we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs. Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse. Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure, rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or that an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.

Treatment Is the Key! Drug addiction is a treatable disease. When the right type of treatment is engaged in, and the recovering person can remain sober, the brain can have an opportunity to heal. Destiny is able to help others remain sober and we offer specific treatments during a persons healing process that help support the brain’s recovery back to optimal healing. Destiny offers biofeedback sessions that help others learn to control their breathing, assist them in relaxation, and ultimately tap into portions of their brain that are responsible for ultimate decision making.

If you or a loved one needs help, please contact us. When a persons brain is injured due to toxic substances a person cannot just “will” themselves to heal. Specialized interventions are necessary. Let us help. Please contact Destiny for more information. – Thank you, Kathy Bynum