Frequently Asked Questions.

I am suffering from my addiction secretly and I don't want people to find out I'm in treatment, is this program right for me?

The Excelsior Program promises to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality. Although he Excelsior Program is a part of the University of Virginia, the Excelsior Program Coordinator handles all scheduling, on a private and separate scheduling system, handles all patient billing in and related to the Excelsior Program, and handles other matters of concern to the patient's liking regarding their confidentiality.

The Program is discrete in reminding patients about appointments or other matters and is privately located away from other patients for the department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.

What's different about the Excelsior Program versus other addiction programs?

The Excelsior Program is unique in the fact we do not take a "one size fits all" approach that many other treatment facilities use. The coping skills you learn in our treatment program you are able to immediately apply to your daily life, as you are not removed for weeks or months at a time. You are able to live your normal life, seek treatment, and apply what you are learning. While a brief stint away may be beneficial to some patients, Relapse rates are usually 40-60% in these types of settings.

What classifies alcohol or drug use as addiction?

Low Risk Use is classified as:

Low risk users use drugs or alcohol occasionally. They do not binge, use only in socially acceptable situations, and have little, if any, evidence of health risk from their use.

Substance abuse is classified as:

Substance abusers use more drugs and/or alcohol than is considered "healthy," or use any amounts of non-alcohol mood altering drugs. Substance abusers binge at levels that can be risky to their health, and use to levels of intoxication that significantly impair their judgment and moral values. They do not, though, meet the criteria for chemical dependence or addiction. Substance abuse is a behavior that many people participate in during their late teens and early 20's. This behavior can evolve either into low risk use or addiction. Substance abusers have control over their use, unlike people who are addicted, and many people who abuse drugs don't have problems caused by their drug abuse.

Although not a disease or illness, substance abuse is still responsible for a tremendous amount or pain and suffering in our society.

Many substance abusers "grow out of" using to risky levels. Some people who behave like "abusers" are probably addicted. People who are addicted will use more and more often over time, while others in their peer group use less and less often.

Addiction is classified as:

Chemical Dependence or addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. Addiction has nothing to do with a person's morals, education, social class or ethnicity. It is a primarily genetic illness. Addiction is characterized by the repetitive, intermittent, loss of control over the use of drugs and/or alcohol that causes problems in a person's life. Addiction is not defined by how much or how often people use - it is defined by what happens when they use.

People who are addicted will experience problems in these areas:

  • self-respect
  • close love relationships
  • social relationships
  • financial problems
  • legal problems
  • work problems
  • medical or psychiatric problems. 


Please Contact us using the link on the left side if you have further questions. Our Program Coordinator is able to answer any of your questions you may have about Excelsior.