I preach because I am committed to helping people win! I am committed to the next generation. No one dies on my watch if it could have been prevented. I raised 6 kids, adopted and fostered and I've seen it all in my 20 plus years in medicine. The sadness I have seen in people has developed an inner drive in me to help my Addiction patients beat this disease both mentally and physically but above all spiritually.
I truly believe (based on the thousands of patients I have seen) that people fall into Addiction due to the "stuff" that happened in their life. Usually this "stuff" was done to them from other people. It wasn't the person's fault, and if everything was right in their world, it probably would never have happened. However, once this cycle starts it only gets worse in every way.
The days of just going to any medical provider are over, especially in Addiction Medicine. You must "hire" someone who can help you achieve your goal. Counselors are a dime a dozen and so is the Addiction Medical field. Addicts and people suffering with Addiction and Substance Abuse need a Coach with a long term plan that is based on evidenced-based medicine that will make sure their patients make it to the finish line with great results.
It's a mind set, its not a job. Some healthcare people are just not coaches or mentors. You must work with someone who keeps you accountable and someone you trust, respect and will listen to you. It's a relationship built on complete trust. I have seen some of the worst people functioning in the "role of counselor" with little training or career success. When this happens the Addiction patient suffers...again.
My prayer for any Substance Abuse person reading this blog is you make a decision to work with us and let us help you get this disease under control. It is time for you to get back to living your life with passion, goals and success!
Speak your Recovery!
Dr. Carly Willeford
Dr. Carly Willeford
1 in 25 adults has a serious mental illness in a given year. That adds up to 10.4 million people, or 4.2% of U.S. adults 18 or older.