Programs & Services
What Is Addiction?
Because of differences in body chemistry, certain people, through no fault of their own, are unable to successfully metabolize mood-altering substances.

Ultimately, they must learn to live a life of total abstinence from alcohol and all other mood-altering chemicals.
Programs & Services > What Is Addiction?
What Is Addiction?
At Shepherd Hill, addiction is treated as a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Our treatment team helps patients to recover in a dignified manner using four primary treatment goals:
  • Education
  • Self-diagnosis
  • Self-responsibility
  • Self-treatment
Successful achievement of these goals culminates in relapse prevention.