Therapeutic relationship remains central to evolving approach for addiction treatment
The high-tech transformation of addiction treatment through new technologies like brain scanning will be grounded by a clinical mainstay: The essential human connection between patient and therapist.
That was the message of Michael Cartwright, CEO of American Addiction Centers, as he met recently with Oxford Treatment Center’s clinical staff. Cartwright encouraged therapists and support staff on their essential role in helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
“All the evidence shows that two things work best to begin a successful recovery: A long-term model of care, and the therapeutic relationship with you,” he told the team. “What you are doing is effective for the patients you serve, and I appreciate the hard work you do every day.”
Earlier this summer, Cartwright released his 2030 vision for American Addiction Centers, the company he founded in 2007. AAC acquired Oxford Treatment Center in 2015.
In designing his vision for the company’s next decade, Cartwright worked with Dr. Mark Calarco, AAC’s national medical director for clinical diagnostics and the CEO of Addiction Labs. The 2030 vision for AAC centers on applying new and emerging technologies to continue reducing the “trial and error” approach and cognitive bias in addiction treatment.
“I believe imaging, bloodwork and genetics are going to revolutionize the way we do drug and alcohol treatment in the next 10 years,” Cartwright told the Oxford Treatment Center staff.
Cartwright said the company’s core mission remains unchanged: That of delivering the best possible care for people with dual-diagnosis needs, which span both substance use disorders and related mental illnesses.
In the years to come, AAC aims to grow its focus in pharmacogenetics, honing the ability to tailor medication choices to a patient’s unique DNA. The company also anticipates beginning to use brain scans for psychiatric indications and mental health. Expanding access to nutraceuticals to reduce inflammation and aid in treating depressive symptoms is also a goal, along with investments in medical technology.
Learn more about AAC’s 2030 vision: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-science-behind-the-2030-vision-for-american-addiction-centers-and-how-it-will-revolutionize-the-treatment-of-addiction-300858788.html
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