One of our major tenants is to support and promote attitudes and services for mental health and addiction recovery that do no harm. This phrase is simple and is borrowed from the Hippocratic Oath, pledged by every physician practicing the art and science of medicine and healing.
We call our framework for providing services to our community of Ashland County “Three Legs of the Stool.” The three legs represent three core values and principles: trauma-informed care, resilience & recovery, and medication optimization.
Trauma can happen to anyone at any stage of life, and traumatic events occur in many forms. Research shows that unacknowledged and untreated trauma contributes to future problems; there’s a greater chance that person will experience health problems, mental and emotional suffering, addiction, and other social problems. Here are a few ways to operate within a trauma-informed care mentality:
Resilience is the ability to overcome serious hardship, and it’s an ability that all people can develop at any stage of life. To promote resilience in our community, we need to work together to ensure that all individuals have access to the following:
Recovery is the ability to develop and/or return to a state of personal stability, where one reclaims a sense of self and self-determination as an independent person despite a serious hardship. Recovery is always possible, and it goes hand-in-hand with resilience. To promote recovery in our community, we use The Recovery Model:
Medication optimization is a philosophy for prescription drug use that takes a cautious approach to medication for mental health and addiction challenges. The goal of medication optimization is to improve and maximize the self-determination, functioning, and quality and meaning of life of people who experience these challenges. Here are a few of its principles:
We are committed to the Three Legs of the Stool because we want our community to help you, your loved ones, your neighbors, and your coworkers to live a full life. To learn more about the three legs and the “why’s” behind them, visit this page or download our brand new publication called “Our Human Community.”