Addiction is a primary, chronic disease affecting areas of the brain that regulate reward, motivation, and memory. Individuals struggling with addiction experience biological, psychological, social and spiritual struggles. Often people with addictions lose jobs, important relationships, and things that really matter to them because the addiction has such a powerful hold on their lives. If fact, the addicted person often thinks only of getting the next “fix” or “high”. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
CHD is at the forefront of addictions treatment, with both the Springfield and Orange clinics licensed by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) to provide therapy and addiction services for individuals struggling with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder. Our Springfield clinic focuses on alcohol dependence, while the Orange clinic has programs addressing a wide variety of addictions, including opioid and alcohol treatment, and programs for first and second DUI offenders. Thanks to a grant from the North Quabbin Community Foundation, clinicians in our Orange site have received advanced training on addictions treatment, and many are receiving supervision to become Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.
Members of the CHD clinic services team are involved with the Franklin County Opioid Task Force, sitting on the Treatment and the Health Care subcommittees. CHD is committed to providing education and treatment to addicted individuals and their families across the Pioneer Valley.