The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines drug addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain — they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. According to the National Vital Statistics System, in 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States and according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2015, there were more than 600 opioid and heroin related deaths in South Carolina alone.
At New Horizon Family Health Services, our primary health care teams are working to help combat the epidemic at the local level. Our integrated care model combines the expertise of our Medical Providers and Clinical Counselors working together with the patient, their support system and other community partners. Through a series of screenings for substance use disorders and other mental issues we use evidence-based approaches to empower our patients to get help early on, before problems become more severe.
In January 2018, New Horizon Family Health Services expanded its Behavioral Health Team to include a Substance Abuse Counselor. Led by our Behavioral Health Director, Jennifer Schmucker, LISW-CP, our team of behavioral health professionals provide services for mental health and substance use disorders and their treatment. Our primary care services, including
behavioral health services are available for anyone in need of a primary care medical home. You must be a registered and active patient to access any service offered at New Horizon Family Health Services. Our offices in Greenville, Greer and Travelers Rest are accepting new patients.
If you or someone you love are struggling with a substance use disorder, take the first step to get help now by contacting us. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable, compassionate, patient-centered health care to improve the health of the communities we serve.