Addiction isn’t only a physical ailment, but also a mental and psychological one.
Dr. Ivan Scrooby is with the Cornerstone Chemical Dependency Clinic in Williams Lake.
It’s the only methadone clinic between Prince George and Kamloops.
The clinic provides treatment for patients with heroin and other opioid addictions.
But unlike most other clinics, Dr. Scrooby says his clinic also places an emphasis on the mental health of his patients.
His clinic has a in-clinic counsellor that helps patients.
He says having a relapse prevention program is also important.
An addict who hasn’t been stabilized will continue to look for their next fix, often resorting to criminal activity.
Dr. Scrooby says methadone treatment will help stabilize a patient so they can begin to start learning life skills and get their lives back on track.
That’s when counselling and long-term rehab can take place.
Dr. Scrooby says the next step for his clinic is to incorporate a life skills worker to do in-clinic long-term relapse prevention programming.
While the clinic is still accepting patients, Dr. Scrooby and his partner are getting close to their workload limit.
But in the nick of time, he says there will be two other physicians joining them in the summer, so their limited office hours can be extended.