Transformations

Transformations is the substance abuse program at Mental Healthcare of Cullman. It is the only state certified substance abuse program in Cullman County.

Tranformations provides substance abuse assessments, individual counseling, family education and counseling, drug screening, referral to inpatient treatment, community education/training, and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). Transformations provides special accommodations for pregnant women and IV drug users.

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, sometimes the smallest things in life are hardest to bear, but there is hope. You can get treatment and celebrate the little things in life again. Recovery can give you back your life.

For more information, you can contact the Program Director.

Myths about Abuse and Addiction

MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is a simply a matter of willpower. You can stop drinking alcohol or using drugs if you really want to.Prolonged exposure to alcohol/drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will.

MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing you can do about it. Most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease, but that does not mean you’re a helpless victim. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.

MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better. Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction processóand the earlier, the better. The longer alcohol/drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Donít wait to intervene until the addict has lost it all.

MYTH 4: You canít force someone into treatment; they have to want help. Treatment doesnít have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment by their family, employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change.

MYTH 5: Treatment didnít work before, so thereís no point trying again. Recovery from alcohol/drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse does not mean that treatment has failed or that youíre a lost cause. Rather, itís a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach.

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