Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded in 1989 by nationally renowned, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef. Dr. El-Yousef pioneered the celebrated dual diagnosis method of treatment for those individuals suffering from drug addiction.
Dual diagnosis treatment involves not only clinical care for a patient's physical symptoms of addiction but also therapeutic counseling intended to address the underlying mental and emotional issues with which the patient struggles. Dr. El-Yousef was among the first physicians in the nation to recognize that psychological treatment is crucial for individuals seeking to achieve long-term recovery. With this in mind, the professionals at Fairwinds strive to help patients heal in mind, body and spirit, so they can return to their families and communities as renewed individuals.
United States' lawmakers are currently embroiled in a battle to curb the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse that has been growing quickly over the last few years. Attorney General-Elect of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, has announced that the fight to end drug addiction will be a top priority in her new office.
"I want to make sure, whether through enforcement or education," she said in a statement to the press, "that prescribers aren't over-prescribing pills that are highly addictive when they might not be necessary."
The Austin American Statesman reported that legislators in Texas are also increasing their efforts to cut down on drug addiction by enforcing the use of physicians' online databases, which list patients who have been known to "doctor shop" for medications. Legislators across the country are also searching for ways to strengthen education surrounding opioid addiction, especially for pregnant women and young people.
If you or your loved one is suffering from a prescription drug addiction, contact Fairwinds Treatment Center. Fairwinds is widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective drug addiction treatment centers in the U.S., so if you're seeking long-term recovery please reach out today to begin your healing journey.