Addiction Treatment Program Cites Infections, Health Issues as Reasons for Treatment Failures

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Arche Wellness, a licensed orthomolecular addiction treatment program near Pittsburgh PA, encourages addiction treatment programs to examine the overall health and medical status of patients in addition to psychological factors and withdrawal.

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“Addicts are slowly poisoning their bodies, no medical professionals deny this. Yet the notion that addiction treatment should provide a highly medical component is considered unorthodox and unnecessary. It just doesn’t make any sense"

Arche Wellness is now encouraging medical and addiction treatment providers to begin examining the health and wellness of their addicted patients more thoroughly and objectively. Arche Wellness has been providing a comprehensive recovery program that provides intensive medical oversight to addicted patients as well as counseling, personal training and dietary guidance since 2006. “So many addicts are very sick, and not just because of the drugs they have been taking,” said Erin McClelland, MS, founder and Executive Director of the program. “We see high levels of diabetes, hypoglycemia, systemic fungal infections, intestinal malabsorption and severe gastrointestinal problems in addicted patients. Unfortunately these health issues are often missed in traditional programs and they can severely impede a patient’s recovery efforts.”

Arche Wellness regards withdrawal symptoms as just one factor that needs to be addressed in an addict's malfunctioning body. “Addicts are slowly poisoning their bodies, no medical professionals deny this. Yet the notion that addiction treatment should provide a highly medical component is considered unorthodox and unnecessary.” said McClelland. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Alcoholism was first classified as a “disease” by the American Medical Association in 1958, and many other professional organizations soon followed, including the World Health Organisation (WHO)and the American Psychological Association (APA). However, the majority of treatment programs in the United States continue to treat addiction as a purely psychological and behavioral issue with little to no attention to the physical and medical aspects. “Addicts often started using to cope with the symptoms of other health issues such as nutrient deficiencies which can cause fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety,” said McClelland. “Unfortunately drug use only masks these problems and actually makes them worse through increased toxicity which causes further nutrient deficiencies and systemic bodily disruption. By the time they get to treatment, their physical health is so poor that they resort to drugs in order to medicate the underlying issues. Solving these health issues in addition to counseling and community support can greatly increase treatment success.”

Since opening in 2006, Arche Wellness has treated hundreds of addicts for severe health issues in addition to the physical and psychological symptoms of addiction. The program has identified gastrointestinal issues and fungal infections in over 90% of their addicted patients, statistics they feel reinforce the need for addiction programs to provide a more comprehensive medically supervised treatment strategy. The program has also called attention to the poor quality of food served in inpatient programs, the emphasis on psychotropic medications without a thorough medical evaluation and the lack of confidentiality evident in group therapy sessions.

Arche Wellness offers free consultations and referral services to those seeking addiction recovery care. For more information contact Arche Wellness at 1-877-55-ARCHE or visit


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