Complexity of Addiction

Complexity of Behavioral Healthcare

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Addiction and its co-occurring mental health conditions and primary mental health conditions are some of the most profound and complex healthcare problems facing individuals, families, and society. Behavioral health concerns have been a problem throughout history. Today we are beginning to understand better the drivers of addiction and mental health, their effects on the mind, brain, and body, and effective methods of reducing its severity and implications. Few other medical conditions require as extensive an array of specialized care and coordinated health, wellness, and support services to treat effectively. And few other areas of medicine focus as many varied services on patients and loved ones. An appropriately-resourced care plan to treat addiction and mental health conditions is likely the most intensive and integrated medical care an individual will receive in her or his lifetime.

The causes of behavioral health conditions and their effects on physical and mental health and family systems differ from person to person. Trauma—whether encountered before the onset of concerns or as the result of living with the disease—often plays a significant role in the condition and requires treatment. Women, men, and adolescents face different physiological and mental health implications. Symptoms of living with addiction and mental illness can persist for years or decades, and can wreak havoc on one’s self-image, physical and mental health, relationships, education, and career aspirations, finances, and can lead to legal problems.

The complexity of these conditions and their effects on one’s entire life, and the lives of people around them demands comprehensive long-term treatment and support. At Futures, we believe in the power of individualized care and comprehensive services to tailor treatments that address the many facets of this complicated disease. We also know that managing behavioral health and sustaining good mental and physical health is a life-long process. Addiction is a chronic disease, not a “curable” condition. Like many chronic illnesses, recovering from addiction and / or mental health disease requires a lifetime of management.

Futures works with patients plan to manage their healthcare following initial treatment by establishing a coordinated continuum of care. Connecting patients with specialized care providers, support groups, counselors, alumni, and other resources creates a bridge to independent living and lasting recovery.

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