Steppingstones, hereafter referred to as STR for Steppingstones To Recovery, believes that alcohol and drug problems begin innocently with social and experimental use, and progress to abusive use and then to dependence which is accelerated if certain genetic factors are present.
As a primary bio-psycho-social illness, chemical influences are present in the brain forever if a client has crossed over into actual chemical dependence and will not permit those individuals to successfully process mood-altering chemicals (those which speed up or slow down the synaptic patterns) in a controlled manner, therefore, total abstinence is the only guaranteed method of arresting problems caused by these chemicals. Millions of people in recovery who never thought this would be possible have field-tested this fact and attest to its truth!
A variety of methods are utilized to achieve this goal in clients on an individualized basis, taking advantage of group processing as a primary tool. Group work is the proven best method for learning the recovery process, much like a hands-on seminar is more effective than individual one-on-one behind-the-desk teaching of a new skill. It provides an environment of immediate identity with others who are going through a similar life-changing event, support, and caring confrontation to break through denial -not a lie, but when the mind doesn't see the truth as the others see it. Twelve-Step and other self-help groups are recommended as adjunct therapy and are matched to clients' specific needs while respecting individual spiritual/religious beliefs. Though cessation of drinking/using can be immediate, the recovery process can last a lifetime.
STR uses a holistic approach to all healing-body-mind-spirit-all of which suffers damage during years of neglect and abuse. The treatment environment is conducive to this theme. We opened May 1, 1997, and are in our third (and final, we hope!) building due to our unprecedented growth.
STR's Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program is licensed/accredited by: