Frequently Asked Questions 

What is addiction?  
 

As the American Psychological Association explains, addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance (or behaviors) use despite harmful consequences.  People with addiction have an intense focus on using a certain substance (or behavior) to the point that it takes over their lives.  They continue to use even when they know it will cause problems.  Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives.  

What are signs that someone may need help due to addiction? 

The typical signs of that indicate help is warranted are:  

  1. Due to the strong reward system in the brain, drugs,alcohol, and certain behaviors become a main priority.

  2. You take excessive amounts of a substance or engage in addictive behaviors (gambling, shopping, sexual activity, binge eating) to get a 'high'.  Nothing seems to matter as much as obtaining that feeling from using.  

  3. You have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to reduce the amount of the substance or behavior, but you cannot do so.  

  4. Your health, work, finances, relationships begin to suffer.  

  5. You use despite negative consequences, have cravings, feel obsessed with using, and find that the substance or behavior is controlling you.  

 

What is abstinence and why is it important in recovery? 

Abstinence is the first requirement of recovery.  To begin to break the cycle of cravings and obsessions with drugs/alcohol and other addictive behaviors.  Much of early recovery is allowing the brain and nervous system to regulate itself in the absence of substances and addictive behaviors.  Often certain medications are useful to reduce cravings.  Abstinence allows one to regain insight about oneself and the disease of addiction.  Active substance use threatens insight as thoughts and impulses originate from the limbic system (urges often irrational) rather than the prefrontal cortex and the executive functioning (logic and reasoning) portion of the brain.  

 

What is patient confidentiality?  

Patient confidentiality is the law designed to protect the individual's private information.  It is the patient's right to have personal, identifying medical or psychiatric, demographic, financial, etc. kept private unless the patient provides release of information.  For example, to insurance companies, certain individuals, medical providers, or billing entities.  There are certain limitations to confidentiality.  For example, if a patient is suicidal, threatening self harm or harm to another, confidentiality is null and void in an efforattempt to protent the patient and others.  In these cases, action could be taken to alert the police, family member, physican even though the individual did not provide consent to disclose information to these individuals.  Patient safety and safety to others becomes the priority. 

 

Is there any meaning behind your logo? 

Yes!  

- The shield is an establish symbol for recovery.  

- The background is derived from the Lord Baltimore portion of the State Flag of Maryland.  

- The colors reflect the colors of Montgomery County, Maryland.  

- The horse signifies movement and progress.  The horse also is a tribute to Potomac, Maryland, which is horse country, and to the local elementary school, whose mascot is the Mustangs. 

The logo was designed by our friends at NUI Media