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Substance Abuse & Drug Addiction

Despite years of drug awareness programs and childhood education initiatives, millions of Americans still find themselves struggling with their own addictions or those of people they love. To stop substance abuse from destroying your relationships, career, health and, ultimately, your life, you must face it head on. While doing so, always remember you don’t have to fight the battle alone.

Unfortunately, substance abuse and drug addiction are heavily stigmatized in our society. Those suffering are often dismissed as weak individuals with poor moral character. However, addiction is not a failure. It’s a chronic illness that affects the brain, pushing a person to continuously and compulsively abuse drugs, even if they’re well aware of the harmful consequences.

While initial drug use may start as a voluntary decision, repeated abuse over time can alter brain chemistry. These physiological changes diminish a person’s ability to make rational decisions, instilling in the brain a strong, sometimes irresistible impulse to continue taking drugs.



If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

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Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our treatment programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, an eating disorder or mental illness, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.