What We Treat
What We Treat
Since 2002, The Plymouth House has been helping individuals find freedom from drug and alcohol addiction. Utilizing a powerful combination of 12-Step work, intense personal therapy and spiritual exploration, we help individuals get firmly on the path of lifelong recovery.
The addictions we treat include:
How We Approach Addiction
A Two-Pronged Approach
A Two-Pronged Approach
The Plymouth House has built a legacy in the New England recovery community for helping individuals work the 12 Steps of recovery, participate in healing personal therapy, and begin to transform their lives. We have an alumni network of more than 20,000 individuals, many of whom have double-digit years of sobriety and regularly return to The Plymouth House campus to help others. They are a testament to the effectiveness of our program in treating addiction long-term.
Our founder, Tom S., believed wholeheartedly in the power of the 12 Steps to transform lives. The Steps give individuals the spiritual and emotional tools necessary to lead fulfilling, joyful, meaningful, love-filled lives. Working the Steps in a beautiful, focused environment, surrounded by a supportive community and experienced staff, makes the process even more powerful.
In 2021, The Plymouth House joined Guardian Recovery Network, a leader in substance use disorder treatment with two decades of experience applying evidence-based clinical and medical therapies to treat addiction. By joining Guardian Recovery Network, The Plymouth House was able to combine its expertise as a 12-Step retreat with Guardian’s world-class excellence in medical and clinical care.
This two-pronged approach has shown to be highly successful in treating a wide range of drug and alcohol addictions. While addictions can appear outwardly different based on the substance an individual is using, addictions largely stem from the same condition. While this condition is difficult to understand, scientists, medical professionals and individuals in recovery have developed some similar definitions.
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The Definition of Addiction
Both the 12-Step method of recovery, and The Plymouth House process, are built on what is called “The Disease Model of Addiction.” This model defines addiction — to any substance — as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease.” This phrase was coined and popularized by the former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a leading neurologist in the field of addiction treatment, Alan I. Leshner.
In his extensive neurological studies on addiction, Leshner found that the brain of an addict or alcoholic fires differently than that of a normal person. The brain of an addict or alcoholic comes to prioritize its need for drugs and alcohol over all other survival instincts, including those for food, water, sex and shelter. This is why addicts and alcoholics often will go to any lengths to keep their addictions alive against all rational reasons to stop. This is also why addiction is so baffling to the family and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics who can’t make sense of why their loved one won’t “just quit.” Once an individual is addicted, brain scans show that the brain is essentially hijacked, rendering it next to impossible to stop without help.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.“
Alcoholics Anonymous echoes the Disease Model in its definition of addiction as a “three-fold illness” consisting of a physical allergy, a mental obsession and a spiritual malady.
All definitions of addiction point to the truth that addiction must be treated holistically and on multiple levels — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Our Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Include
Our addiction treatment program tries to address all these aspects of addiction by utilizing a powerful combination of 12-Step work, intense therapeutic practices and spiritual exploration.
From the therapeutic standpoint, every individual has different issues and traumas to work through based on their own life experiences. In that sense, every individual’s treatment is somewhat unique. However, in the larger sense, the solution to addiction is similar across the board no matter the substance being abused. The solution is to learn a set of emotional, spiritual and mental tools to combat addiction in the brain.
Thus, we have found that The Plymouth House prescription of intense 12-Step work and clinical therapy is effective, no matter the individual’s substance of choice.
At The Plymouth House we:
- Help individuals get their feet set firmly on the path of recovery
- Teach the emotional, mental and spiritual tools necessary to combat addiction
- Help individuals begin to heal from past traumas and wounds that might trip them up in their sobriety
- Connect individuals to a community, giving each individual a vital sense of belonging and purpose
- Encourage individuals to continue the journey after leaving The Plymouth House.
No matter what type of addiction you or a loved one is suffering from, we are confident The Plymouth House program will help. Contact us 24/7 with any questions you might have. Our Treatment Advisors are empathetic, caring, passionate individuals who want to help you or or loved one finally be free from addiction.
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