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Hattiesburg, MS – There’s a stigma associated with addiction and behavioral health; the general population believes it’s simply a matter of self-discipline, but addictive behavior alters a person’s brain chemistry until their addiction affects every aspect of their well-being. Without meaningful intervention, their addiction can threaten their career, their friendships and even their family.
Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services is a treatment facility for individuals suffering from chemical dependency and sexual addiction. Since 1984, Pine Grove has asserted itself among the country’s most comprehensive treatment facilities.
“Patients come to us in crisis on the brink of losing everything. That’s why we take it very seriously,” says Audra Cummings, Pine Grove’s Director of Business Development. “You come here for a service and we’re going to make sure you get that service.”
Pine Grove strives to help patients move toward personal accountability, self-activation and empowerment. The facility’s interdisciplinary staff of addictionologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and medical doctors is focused on helping patients break down their disease.
“We treat addiction just like a medical doctor would treat cancer, that same level of seriousness,” says Audra Cummings. “When you come to Pine Grove you have an army behind you.”
According to Cummings, the clinical experts at Pine Grove work from the perspective that addiction is a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual disease; it affects the mind, body and spirit, as well as the community.
“Getting addicts to recognize and accept that they have a problem is the hardest part," says Cummings. "We have to gain their trust so that they’re more willing to gain insight into their addiction.”
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