“Abstinence is not recovery and sobriety is not a life lived in a never ending series of monotonous/boring restrictions of “I can’t do…I can’t take…I can’t enjoy…”Dr. Tom Antonek

Who We Are

At The Growth Center, we don’t judge, we don’t condemn, and we don’t punish. What we do is support, guide, and encourage by example and from a place of compassion.

We understand that the first step in healing from alcohol/drug addiction is abstinence from mind altering substances.  Recovery is a journey of healing from a place of brokenness to a metamorphosis of the mind, body, and soul.  Sobriety is the experience of being happy, joyous, and free from the bondage of mind-altering substances that enslave and destroy addicts, families, communities, and society at large.

  • However, the first step (abstinence) is only the beginning of the recovery journey.  Addiction is a brain disease and the brain needs to be rehabilitated which may require medical and pharmacologic intervention under the care of an Addiction Medicine Physician. 
  • Emotions are usually unstable or volatile as many addicts are plagued with depression, anxiety, anger, shame, and guilt due to the chronic bombardment of alcohol and drugs on the personality of the addict. Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Addiction Therapists specialize in treating the psychological fall out in addicts that results from their alcohol/drug dependence. Most alcoholics/addicts do not drink or drug to feel good. They drink or drug to “NOT FEEL.” Individual psychotherapy is an invaluable resource for accomplishing emotional stability and improving the addict’s ability to live with feelings that are uncomfortable without choosing to anesthetize feelings with alcohol/drugs.
  • Families of alcoholics/addicts are usually crippled and dysfunctional from trying to sustain any degree of cohesiveness or exchange of love and caring while an adult or adolescent family member is in active addiction. Family therapy is critical in order to provide intervention to the non-addict family members who have become wounded by the toxicity created in the family unit by the alcoholic/addict.  In addition, it is critical for family members to learn new approaches for living and relating to a recovering loved one as the addict in recovery will change the dynamic exchange between family members and upset what has become “familiar.”  Change is necessary but can also be scary due to the unknown certainty and fear that the addict will relapse as promises have been made before.
  • Recovering addicts need to develop effective relapse prevention strategies as alcoholism/addiction is a chronic and debilitating medical condition. Group therapy with peers who have similar experiences in their personal struggles with addiction is generally an effective process for addicts to realize that they are not alone. Addicts who achieve success in recovery provide an example and instill hope in the early recovering addict that sobriety is attainable and desirable.
  • Supplementary 12-step program participation empowers alcoholics/addicts to generalize lessons learned from treatment into the greater fabric of society as AA/NA groups are accessible globally, affordable to anyone as they are at no cost, and offer an extended support group and community in which to grow in recovery.