WHY CONNECTION MATTERS
Most people have heard of the rat experiment where a rat can choose between regular water or drug laced water. The rat continues to consume the drugged water until they eventually overdose. But one scientist took a new take on the experiment. He built a heavenly rat luxury park with all the things rats would want. The park, perhaps most importantly, did not isolate the rats. They had friends and connections. The rats also had access to both types of water. What he found, was rats no longer preferred the drugged water.
Overdoses went from almost 100% to 0% when connection, friends, family, and activities were introduced. We see the re-establishment of connections as a core component of our treatment program. That’s not to say that we’re the same as rats, but rather that human connection is what brings joy, happiness, and memorable experiences.
Addiction and mental disorders can put strains on family, spouse, and friend relationships. As part of our treatment, we focus on family therapy and introducing you to a new sober community. Learn more about our alumni program here.
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