Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is substance abuse / substance addiction?

A. The American Medical Association defines substance abuse / substance addiction as a chronic and complex brain disease that is characterized by compulsive use despite adverse consequences. Though often life threatening this condition is treatable and persons can live normal lives.

Q. Is addiction really a disease? 

A. According to all authoritive sources (AMA-CDC-WHO etc.) addiction is a genuine brain disease. It disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, memory (esp. of consequences) and judgement. This can lead to severe physical and family/social/work/school and other problems. 

Q. How long does your rehab process usually take? 

A. Rehab at The Shore-Recovery Counseling is based on progress, not time. People have different levels of progression of substance abuse, different patterns of use and different additional problems that must be confronted and resolved to prevent relapse. Your care plan will be tailored to your needs.

Q. How can I prevent relapse after I undergo rehab?

A. This can be avoided. At The Shore-Recovery Counseling you will be given thorough education and training in the Gorski Model of Relapse Prevention. The Gorski Model has been found to be extremely effective in helping people avoid relapse by assisting them in identifying and assessing their own personal relapse triggers and pre-planning specific self initiated interventions that occurr before a relapse begins to be inevitable. 

Q. Is Harm Reduction really possible for alcohol use? 

A. In certain cases-yes. A careful assessment is required to know whether you are a candidate for Harm Reduction or Alcohol Moderation Therapy (AMT). 

Q. How much is alcohol reduced by on average with AMT?

A. The ReNova Method has been shown to reduce alcohol use to an average of 2-3 drinks per episode in clients who previously averaged 9-21 drinks per episode. 

Q. Does AMT last?

A. Yes. One year follow ups have shown that AMT was still effective at 12 months. This is sigificant because the American Psychiatric Association defines an alcohol use disorder as being in full remission after 12 months. 

Q. Are there different approaches to AMT?

A. Yes. A number of leading experts have developed approaches to AMT: Michael O'Neal (The ReNova Method) William Miller, David Sinclair and Arnold Washton. The approaches vary in method with ReNova being the most comprehensive and therefore the offering the ability to the greatest number of candidates. 

Q. How can I find out more about the ReNova Method? 

A. You can arrange a free consultation at The Shore-Recovery Counseling and/or purchase the book "I Just Want To Be Normal" -The ReNova Method by Michael O'Neal LCDC-ADC III available through ABE books and

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This practice supports the use of many types of recovery tools including the use of ant-craving medications such as Naltrexone or Vivitrol as a part of a recovery program. These medications require a lawful prescription from a medical professional. 

Services may be provided by referral to Mary Burgesser MD or healthcare professional of your choice. 

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