Ashley holds pride in our long, successful history as a leader in addiction treatment. Founded in 1983 by Father Martin and Mae Abraham (“Ashley”) who were or are recovering alcoholics, we continue to share the message they learned in recovery—that removing shame and continuing to reduce stigma gives room for hope, and where there is hope, recovery is possible. Father and Mae were inspired by the determination they saw from people seeking freedom from their disease. Every chemical and psychological impulse in our bodies gets rewired by addiction. That’s why we need professional, medical help and a strong support network to overcome addiction safely and effectively. The secret sauce of Ashley is the focus on spiritual healing from this chronic illness.
Around the US, we’re seeing a growing trend in some of the most distant communities that addiction to prescription opiates is growing while support is staying steady or even declining. Rural doctors often travel hours a day to reach various corners of their communities, and they aren’t equipped to handle and diagnose the new wave of addiction that has silently crept up in their counties. Families can visit multiple offices asking for painkillers for their child, and doctors might not recognize the signs of an addiction in the parents. Car accident victims, trauma patients, and so many others start an addiction through useful, often necessary, pain medication. Without proper care, guidance, and information, many find themselves dependent on these drugs for day-to-day activities.
Worse yet, pregnant women and mothers often find themselves addicted, passing that chemical dependency on to their children unknowingly. Without proper care, these babies can be born with intense withdrawal symptoms. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a growing concern in rural areas, where knowledge and certification for treatment is weak or nonexistent.
Primary care doctors are often not equipped to handle addiction care services. One study found that as few as 3% of primary care doctors and 16% of psychiatrists have waivers for prescribing buprenorphine-naloxone, which is one drug for treating and or detoxing patients from opiate addiction (Rosenblatt, et al, 2014), most of whom work in urban areas. It is often used for maintenance with little follow up and most physicians don’t prescribe in a variety of ways that best meet the individual’s needs. This shows a clear sign that doctors do not feel or understand the need for addiction care services and are limited in their scope and use of medication. To get the full spectrum of care for their patients, doctors need to make adequate assessments and referrals because most are not well versed in all recovery avenues which limits their ability to make the best recommendation.
Data shows that women and mothers in need of addiction recovery programs are also too intimidated by fear of criminal judgment or separation from their children if they seek treatment (Stone, 2015). Big city doctors and institutions don’t have the same warmth and sense of trust that a local community doctor might evoke in their neighborhood. Because of this, local physicians are still our best way of getting a foot in the door of rural communities.
One of the most important concepts we stress at Ashley is that addiction is a no-fault disease. There’s enough stigma against addiction to scare patients away from treatment, but our primary goal is to help you overcome your addiction and lead a healthy, productive life. We do everything in our capacity to empower you as a parent, to guide you and your child safely through the recovery journey in a healthy and constructive way. Our goal is always to better the lives of children and parents together.
If you want to further understand what Ashley can do for you and your family, we recommend a quick no-pressure, no-commitment phone call at (866) 313-6307 so we can understand your needs and goals.
If you’re a local doctor, and want to know more about addiction services, our success rates or programs, please give us a call as well!