Philosophy

Following are some of Mr. William’s clinical perspectives and treatment philosophies about addiction treatment and recovery developed over a career spanning 26 years. If you have any questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

  • “There is no such thing as a hopeless addict, anyone can recover.”
  • “Relapse does not indicate failure; it means your recovery program needs a ‘tune-up’!”
  • “Twelve-step programs are effective, BUT not for everyone. Treatment professionals should support alternatives to the 12-step philosophy.”
  • “One size does not fit all… People of different cultures, vocations, sexuality and gender often have different issues that need to be honored and addressed in treatment and recovery.”
  • “There is a huge difference between substance abuse and substance dependence, often times abusers are misdiagnosed as dependent and treated accordingly.”
  • “Way too many treatment facilities are understaffed with underpaid and under-trained staff members.”
  • “You can’t relapse if you’ve never been in recovery!”
  • “Recovery plans need to be concrete, specific and measurable.”
  • “You alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone!”
  • “Pain is just as much of a threat to recovery as pain medication. Addicts should be taught what to do WHEN they have to take pain medications, not what to do IF they have to take pain medications.”
  • “Relapse is a process, not an event, and begins way before the addict picks up the first drink or drug.”
  • “Addiction counselors need to know when to refer a client to a private psychotherapist.”

  • “Abstinence is NOT Recovery, it’s a prerequisite for recovery.”
  • “You don’t have to be one to help one. Being in recovery is not a requirement to be effective as a clinician working with addictions.”
  • “It’s not the messenger it’s the message – addicted people should not tune out those from different backgrounds, experiences, age, sex, etc. Anyone may carry the message that will turn a life around.”
  • “Addicts and alcoholics are not bad people trying to get good, but sick people trying to get well.”
  • “Family involvement in treatment and recovery increase the likelihood of success – an untreated family can undo in six days what a treatment program took six months to put together.”
  • “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink… but you can make him thirsty! We need to make recovery appealing to the abuser.”
  • “Addicts should quit nicotine at the same time they stop all other drug use. Nicotine is the most deadly drug in the country. If the addict stops nicotine in the beginning and later gets into ‘relapse mode’, they are more likely to pick up nicotine before going back to their drug of choice.”
  • “Near-beer, non-alcoholic wines, and virgin cocktails are ‘pretend’ drinking and often contribute to relapse.”
  • “The number one relapse warning sign of all is, ‘overestimating your recovery and underestimating the power of your disease.”