About Pathfinder Health Services
Pathfinder Health Services was started to address a need. Middle Tennessee is the epicenter of an epidemic of addiction. This epidemic is affecting people of all walks of life, and all socio-economic status. People are dying, families are being torn apart, jobs and careers are being lost, and there is no end in sight.
There is a need in this part of Tennessee for a comprehensive, evidence based, outpatient approach to helping patients struggling with addiction.
The predominate view of addiction is that it is a moral weakness that leads people to start using substances that ultimately spirals out of control. The truth is, addiction is a disease, no different than any other chronic medical condition.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines Addiction as:
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
Clearly addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a chronic disease that originates in the brain.
Pathfinder Health Services was created to address this need. Through the use of proven, evidence based addiction medicine, we are here to help you treat this disease of addiction and achieve a long lasting recovery.
Our approach is different than what is being currently offered in the Nashville area. You, the patient, will be the focus of a multi-faceted treatment approach. Your addiction medicine physician will lead your team, through a coordinated approach, to offer you a compassionate, respectful, honest, and caring experience.