Hope for Addiction Treatment
With the onslaught of this negativity surrounding the addiction treatment industry, there is something we can’t afford to lose; not monetary profit, not a thriving census, and not even the return of an untarnished reputation. What we, as individuals who are committed to helping heal those who often times have no one left to stand by their side, need to keep close to our hearts, and within sight of our collective vision, is HOPE. We need to continue in our quest to give voice to the voiceless and strength to those who seem to only feel weakness. We cannot afford to let hope diminish and we must use it to continue to ignite our passion and fight the darkness of this disease with light; let’s allow hope, not hurt, to define our future.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you, like the rest of us involved in or concerned with addiction treatment, have been inundated with articles highlighting shameful practices within the community. The information disseminated related to patient brokering, unethical billing practices, standards of decency, and in general the current climate of addiction treatment whereby regulations are minimal, is indispensable to the growth and evolution of the industry. With legal oversight in its infancy stages, this recent journalistic oversight will help keep owners and operators accountable to upholding standards of care and ethics to a level that should, in this writer’s opinion, go without saying.
It has been made aware to us all that we need to be educated on these matters in order to strengthen our power to hold those individual’s and institution’s feet to the flames who choose to place profit over people. As a dedicated servant to a field that ought to be patient-centered, however, it infuriates me that there is an issue so prevalent that it warrants the time spent here to be used to delineate the good seeds from the bad apples. That is the central point of what I am trying to stress here; Let’s not punish those who are genuinely trying to help heal.
I can only speak the vision that our owner/Director, Salina Shuler, has when I say that we are 100% committed to instilling hope and creating an environment for change with the people we work with here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment. I know that the sobriety achieved and the real changes made in our client’s lives speak for themselves when talking about the genuineness and intentions of what we do here. As someone who has been to several addiction conferences, understands what it takes to foster the gaining and maintaining of sobriety, and who has worked closely with some of the finest professionals in the business, I can honestly say that I could not be more ecstatic to have landed so serendipitously here at SOCDT, and that I could not be more proud of the work that we do. The compassion, selflessness, and dedication personified in Salina is that of someone I have never came across before. I am consistently met with shock and awe from clients who have been elsewhere and not engaged with such a committed owner of a program. Her passion is infectious and unparalleled and her devotion generalizes throughout all of the staff here. While we understand that income is necessary to the continuation of business on a practical level, and sometimes to the chagrin of our accountant, rarely are decisions made with monetary profit in mind. At the risk of sounding cheesy, SOCDT’s net worth is not judged by profit margins, but by the amount of hope that’s instilled and the level of growth taking place in those we help. There are dedicated and hardworking professionals whose life mission is to helping those who are lost in the current epidemic where so many young people are dying due to the unavailability and darkness surrounding this disease. Let’s try and remember that the next time we come across a scathing article about the horrors of the addiction industry, we stay mindful the professionals who are providing hope and treatment to suffering addicts daily and saving lives which is so invaluable to the addicts who are suffering.