Philosophy & Values
Discovery Institute believes that treatment must effectively address both one’s medical, mental, and spiritual health. Most often, an individual’s path towards recovery is rooted in their struggles with relationships, family dynamics, social skills, and lack of mental health awareness. In our view, the goals of recovery are global — necessitating a total change in lifestyle that encompasses an individual’s re-evaluation of values, attitudes, behavior, and social activities.
Discovery believes that for individuals to stop using drugs and alcohol, treatment is most successful when the client, family system, and social support network are integrated. Discovery’s experiences in helping individuals seek recovery from drugs and alcohol has taught us there is more than one approach that can be successful. For this reason, Discovery has incorporated such components as group and individual therapy, educational seminars, and an active involvement of the 12 steps.
For those who need it, residential treatment is provided by a professionally supervised community of recovering peers. In this structured setting, clients work together (with staff guidance) to develop a capacity for the recognition, expression, and understanding of their drug and alcohol problems. They also gain the skills that are necessary to change negative thinking patterns and behaviors. Most importantly, they recognize that their addiction has not left them alone.
Discovery Institute does not promote to be a country club retreat or a quick fix solution to what we know is an extremely complex, painful, and, in many instances, long standing problem. Our program is flexible but can also be demanding. Our residents take responsibility for the upkeep of their home through participation in such duties as cooking and general maintenance. We promote individual freedom and the will to recover through a structure of responsibility, sharing, and commitment. At Discovery, each individual, through their efforts and actions, is responsible for the pace of recovery. We have found this to be most effective and families have provided testimony about their experience with our wonderful treatment services.