Addiction Counseling Programs Hood River OR

Like many diseases, the stigmas attached are usually bred out of lack of knowledge. We don't want to accept that they really are sick or diseased because we feel that may absolve them of their responsibility to find a solution. these are separate issues!

Providence Gorge Counseling and
(541) 387-6138
814 13th Street
Hood River, OR

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Dependency Hlth Services White Salmon
(509) 493-3400
251 Rhine Village Drive
White Salmon, WA

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Mid Columbia Center for Living
(541) 296-5452
419 East 7th Street
The Dalles, OR

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Crossroads Behavioral Health
(509) 427-7100
77 SW Russel Avenue
Stevenson, WA

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Sheryl Rindel NCC
(503) 846-8068 
Hillsboro, OR

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Mid Columbia Center for Living
(541) 386-2620
1610 Woods Court
Hood River, OR

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Crossroads
(541) 296-9805
414 Washington Street
The Dalles, OR

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Skamania County Counseling Center
(509) 427-3850
683 SW Rock Creek Drive
Stevenson, WA

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Donchi, Kate
(503) 708-1657
2250 NW Flanders Street Suite 105
Portland, OR

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Programa de Recuperacion de Madras
(541) 475-5300
236 SE D Street
Madras, OR

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Addicts are Mentally and Bodily Different

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Mentally and Bodily Different!

Keith Johnson

Friday, September 14, 2007 I have read the many articles on reasons behind drug addiction and many of them are dead on. In my experience, there is no one right answer or set of answers. Can their be a mental disorder? Certainly. Can their be enviromental factors? No doubt! Can it start innocently? Yes. Can tragedy be the key? Absolutely. I have seen all of these factors in addicts.

So, why do a small percentage of the population go on to become drug addicts? Quite frankly, we are different! There is something that is with them from birth. When they begin to use, they cannot stop! Work with enough of these folks and you will see..It is not a matter of intellect, will power, a choice or any other label that non addicts try to put on them.

I have seen addicts who are intelligent, high earners, who use their will for very positive accomplishments but when it comes to addiction, they truly are different. Not bad, weak willed or somehow mentally defective, they are different. Like many diseases, the stigmas attached are usually bred out of lack of knowledge. We don't want to accept that they really are sick or diseased because we feel that may absolve them of their responsibility to find a solution. these are separate issues! We can acknowledge they are sick with a disease and provide them with a solution. The addict is responsible to get into the solution just like any patient with a disease!

Drop the stigmas, consider ...

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