Dignity and Self-efficacy
John Harden – Sadly, addiction treatment clients that are involved in traditional programs may feel that it is just another form of punishment, not treatment at all. Professionals may unwittingly reinforce that idea through clinical over-reach, insisting on highly restrictive care in practically all cases. NIDA estimates that 95% of people who need treatment are appropriate for care in an environment that does NOT require confinement through inpatient or institutional approaches.
Dignity and self-efficacy also can be and should be promoted, even when a client is court-involved. For instance, Florida’s compassionate Marchman Act allows for “involuntary treatment” outside of locked and inpatient programs. In this way, the judge becomes the “change agent,” promoting accountability and adherence to the treatment plan over time in a real-world setting. This approach affords time for lasting change to take root in the individual, promoting dignity and self-esteem. Compliance is good and clinical outcomes are much better than those seen in short-term programs.
Unwarranted confinement is not a “best practice.” Neither are short, intensive approaches. Motivation for lasting change emerges over time through an engaging approach that promotes human dignity and self-efficacy in a real world setting. When looking for treatment, choose a provider who has a track record of engagement and who is not afraid to say that good outcomes take time.
For more information about BoardPrep Recovery Center’s engaging approach or Florida’s compassionate Marchman Act for involuntary treatment, call 800-520-8475.
John Harden is the Clinical Director of BoardPrep Recovery Center in Tampa and has over 30 years of experience as an Addiction Professional.