Statement of Philosophy
The philosophy of ESAP is focused around the belief that substance abuse and dependency is a treatable condition, and that through a program of recovery, individuals can reduce/manage problems associated with their substance use. We further believe that substance abuse has a serious impact on all segments of society which, in turn, causes problems for individuals, their families, employers, and the general community in which they live.
ESAP believes that substance abuse and dependence is a behavioral health condition that can be brought into remission through the appropriate level of professional treatment. A combination of biological/hereditary, social, environmental, and psychological risk factors lead to an increased susceptibility for the development of substance abuse or dependence. The condition is characterized by physical, emotional, social, vocational, cognitive, and/or spiritual problems resulting from the individual’s abuse of alcohol and/or other substances. Individuals with problems relating to substance abuse or dependence present for treatment with various stages of readiness to address the problems. Treatment efforts are more effective if the therapeutic approach corresponds to the individual’s level of readiness.
Effective treatment involves setting up the level of care that corresponds to the client’s needs based on the degree of progression of their condition. It assists the client in developing awareness and acceptance of their condition, and in developing the skills to maintain productive sobriety. The goals of the treatment program are:
- To develop a client-centered plan for care that is consistent with the client’s needs
- To develop and maintain abstinence from all addictive substances
- To help clients achieve a healthy self-awareness and acceptance
- To develop the necessary skills to complete tasks that are part of a recovery process
- To promote lifestyle changes that will support continued recovery
- To improve social, vocational, psychological, and spiritual functioning
- To develop awareness of relapse dynamics, and skills to prevent relapse
- To improve the relationship of the client with their family and community
- To coordinate care with the community resources needed by the client and their family
It is our belief that self-help groups are effective in maintaining support for continued recovery. Client involvement in self-help meetings concurrently with treatment involvement is recommended. Information is provided about Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon, SMART Recovery, and other self- help meetings; and about the approach and traditions that are associated with various self-help organizations. Clients are encouraged to develop activities and social support for recovery that fits with their cultural background, values, beliefs, and interests.