The drug and alcohol addiction treatment model, for a very long time, existed under an umbrella of cookie cutter treatment, of an approach meant to convey similar fixes across a swath of individuals. The problem in this approach toward the treatment of substance abuse lay in the term “individual.”
The word individual implies specificity; it alludes to a honed set of criteria that are exclusive to the person in question. Defined by a host of both mundane and complex identifiers, the individual is unique in his character, in his thoughts, in his ideals, and in his problems. Why, then, in approaching the problems – the addiction – of the individual, would a largely generalized and sterilized methodology be employed?
Individualized Treatment for Individual Problems
Cornerstone Recovery staunchly supports the individualized treatment of individual problems. We believe that to assume a shared or common laundry list of difficulties is to deny the individual, to deny the idiosyncrasies that allow for the individual to be unique, to be complex, to be insightful, to be appreciated.
This is not to say that, as individuals, we are incapable of sharing in the notion of fellowship. No, rather, this is an affirmation of fellowship and community, an assertion of the human condition that is both a gift and a curse to us all.
Individualized treatment plans are essential to the recovery of the individual and his or her family. They are a necessary tool in combating the physical grips of addiction, in addressing the dual diagnosis of a behavioral disorder or traumatic injury, in nurturing the individual’s reintroduction into a society unready to accept him, into a society he may be unready to accept.
We are all individuals, each of us bound by the constant teetering between ease and difficulty, between anger and acceptance. We are all individuals with individual problems, and we all require unique approaches to our unique circumstances.