The goal is to assist the client to live peacefully drug free.
Our philosophy is complete abstinence from any mood altering substance; therefore, when the client completes detoxification and begins treatment, medication administration ceases. In some cases, there continues to be mild post acute withdrawal symptoms such as sleep disturbance. These are normal conditions, and as time goes by the symptoms usually diminish and cease. During this period, clients at times “seek medication” for instant relief for these mild discomforts. It is the policy of Altus Treatment to encourage the client to participate in the physical recreational activities that we provide for these reasons. Just thirty minutes a day of mild exercise helps the body return to its normal functional ability. Healthy sleep routine, appetite and mood can be expected to improve with each day of sobriety that the client achieves.
Therefore, our program provides no avenue for clients to return to the “take a pill for what hurts” mentality. We prefer that the client returns to normal healthy levels of body, mind and spirit through counseling, exercise, healthy social contact, rest, proper nutrition, and of course, abstinence. Medication needed to treat chronic conditions such as (but not limited to), high blood pressure, diabetes, psychotropic, etc. will be administered as prescribed.