It’s never a situation where we offer a solution and then say, “I’ll see you in three weeks”. It’s ongoing, attentive, and daily addressing of their needs. My job is to reinforce recovery and wellness from a medical point of view so the medical component is not outside of their recovery process, like is found in so many conventional treatment systems, but part of a whole.
It’s not simply someone coming in with presenting symptoms or using a particular substance and therefore they get some form of pre-determined treatment. It’s about helping them heal while giving them back their dignity, self-agency, helping them understand who they are, where they come from, and what their aspirations are as well.
Substance use is full of feelings of disenfranchisement, passive participation, and helplessness. Recovery needs to be the opposite to help a person truly heal from the inside out.
Believing in ourselves, in anything we do, always helps.