The Addictive Disease
Did you know that since 1955 the American Medical Association has considered alcoholism and drug addiction a disease? Learn about how thinking of addiction as a disease is the cornerstone to successful recovery.
The Ranch Mississippi believes addiction is a treatable illness, and that substance abuse can be stopped. We base this position on a long record of accomplishing positive results, informed by the expertise of highly-trained addiction specialists and therapists, as well as treatment models that get results. When a patient is admitted for chemical dependency treatment at COPAC, we use a five-axis format for comprehensive diagnosis that is endorsed and recommended by the American Psychiatric Association
primary psychiatric diagnosis i.e. alcohol dependence or a mood disorder such as major depression.
personality disorders are chronic maladaptive patterns of behavior that the patient has no insight into.
any general medical problem i.e. diabetes, hypertension, migraine headache, etc.
psychological and environmental problems i.e. financial problems, divorce, separation from children, pending legal charges, etc.
global assessment of functioning on a scale from 10-100 i.e. A 90 is good functioning in all areas with minimal psychological, social, or occupational problems. 50 is serious dysfunction in all areas and 40 would include some impairment of reality testing.