TITLE: “Is the Cart before the Horse: Failure to Launch and Substance Use Disorders”
What we’ve seen in our industry over the years is an interesting phenomenon. First, society as a whole, and in many cases people within the industry, believed that there was no such thing as the, “disease” of addiction. They felt that drug addiction and alcoholism were symptoms of moral failing or lack of self-control.
Thanks to extensive research and a significant effort to educate the general public, the notion of the addiction as a, “disease” has been widely accepted. This very quickly became an opportunity for treatment providers, often fighting for higher or continued insurance reimbursements to paint patients as sick as they possibly could.
The reality is that while a lot of people do in fact suffer from the disease of addiction, many people struggling with substances do not. With more people seeking treatment now than ever, we have to recognize as an industry that not everyone that raises their hand for help is a full blown addict.
Our focus as a program is to offer a unique assessments, treatment, and community to provide clients with the insight and tools necessary to move forward with purpose and meaning regardless of their history of substance misuse, abuse, and other co-occurring disorders..
ABOUT GARY HEES
Gary Hees is the Clinical Director for Decision Point Center, a leading treatment center for young adults treating failure to launch and the various degrees of substance use disorder.
He was born, raised and educated in Houston, Texas. After a successful twenty-two year career in information processing, Gary made the decision to change careers and enter the Behavioral Health field. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy. Gary has been licensed in Texas, and now in Arizona, for sixteen years. During that time he has worked with adolescents in an Alternative Education Program, with adult Co-Occurring disordered clients in a Community Mental Health setting that included hospitals, a Partial Hospital Program and outpatient therapy, in a private Therapeutic Boarding School for adolescent women and now at Decision Point Center in Prescott, AZ, a program for young adults, 18-34.
Gary brings a foundational developmental and systemic perspective focused by training in a multiple Family Therapy modalities In addition, Gary has years of experience working with addictions of all kinds as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Decision Point’s 12 year history of treating addiction, misuse and dysfunction with an emphasis on lasting change continues to grow and improve with new focus, techniques, modality and approach. By aligning the need of patients between 18 and 34 years of age who lack the emotional maturity to stop misusing and escaping from their lives and responsibilities, Decision Point offers a highly targeted form of care to a highly specific group of people. By offering this specialized care through a practical delivery, and by prioritizing efficacy of treatment over unnecessary amenity, this special help is more accessible to more people.