"A Noble Work," Released By Richard M Knapp Director of Sherwood Hills Recovery, the Substance Abuse Treatment Center, a Training Workbook for Drug Rehab Programs

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Sherwood Hills Recovery director, Richard M Knapp, released his training workbook for drug rehab programs on the subject of substance abuse treatment. “A Noble Work” sets forth the philosophy Knapp has been teaching since the treatment center opened 3 years ago.

Substance abuse treatment is a noble work, and it's my life's work. By changing people's lives, we are in some small, but real way, changing the world.

Inside "A Noble Work," Knapp clearly sets forth a very loving philosophy regarding addicts and addiction in general. Knapp charges his readers to prepare themselves for work in substance abuse treatment by looking at their own lives, reassessing their thinking about addiction, and then adopting a Christ-like attitude toward those they have chosen to serve.

First of all, don't use the word "addict," and those suffering from addiction are not to be shunned. When it comes to treatment, they say at Sherwood Hills Recovery (http://www.SherwoodHillsRecoveryResort.com), "Once an addict, NOT always an addict" and "one size DOES NOT fit all." To accommodate the various needs of different clients, a multifaceted, evidence-based approach is used to treat people seeking help at Knapp's "place of healing" -- a drug rehab programs in the mountains of northern Utah.

The entire focus of Knapp's philosophy about substance abuse treatment is to discover and treat the underlying causes of addiction rather than the addiction itself. "Addiction is not the disease but is the symptom of a disease," says Knapp. Once one understands why someone "drinks or uses drugs" then they can be helped in the long term. "Why do people do what they do?" Identifying and resolving these underlying causes of addictive behaviors is the "cure" for addiction. And by "cure" Knapp "addresses the underlying cause of the addictions and then takes notice of any significant reductions in the associated destructive behaviors.”

After all, this is the treatment industry. If people can’t be helped, well then why be in this business at all.

The book, “A Noble Work” is actually a workbook to be used in staff training because not everyone knows addiction like the former addict. Much of the workbook requires the reader to not only read and study, but think and analyze and write in appropriate answers.

This first draft is available only to staff and employees of the substance abuse treatment center, although future printings will be made available for public purchase. In coming months, the remaining two volumes will be published, each with a different angle on treatment.

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