About

C.R.E.A.T.E, Inc. was founded in 1975 to carry out the mission of providing a variety of services that allow individuals to make responsible decisions about the roles mood-altering chemicals play in our lives.

Philosophy: CHEMICALS are powerful things that affect us in many, different ways…we drink coffee in the morning to perk up our day, water when we are thirsty, add sugar if something needs to be sweeter. All these things are chemicals playing a role in our lives.  In present days, our culture has taken a hyper-vigilant look at what we put in our bodies.  We need to add  mood altering chemical use to this vigilance.

Nobody can say we lead a chemical-free life, but some of us can say we need to explore our chemical health to see if it is the chemicals leading our lives–or if we are free of chemical health problems. If you have not heard the term CHEMICAL HEALTH before, it is probably because C.R.E.A.T.E. is the agency that encouraged the use of this phrase.  It mirrors how we look at any disease as a continuum of relationships people have towards chemicals.

Just as there is a CONTINUUM of CARE there is a CONTINUUM of CHEMICAL HEALTH               it looks like this…Capture

We have seen how people can move both ways on that continuum much as they can be ill mentally and then have no mental health problems once they get the help needed. Or, in medical terms, people are not stuck  on one part of the continuum of CHEMICAL HEALTH. We each have the ability to move on that continuum just as we have the ability to change. It is not impossible to change a harmful thing into a less harmful and even to no harm to us whatsoever. We know because we see it all the time. And, just as a person who has diabetes will have to address how the body reacts to the absence or presence of sugar or insulin, a person who has a severe chemical health problem characterized by an inability to stop using once starting or consistently having problems related to using has a unique condition which is called “a brain disease”. This may sound scary to some but it is really the way we can tell the difference between the chemical abuser, the occasional problematic user and the medical condition of dependency which is triggered in the brain of a chemically dependent person. This condition is best dealt with by first abstaining from the chemicals and then having a clear mind with which to make the decisions needed to get on track towards a healthy life.chemical health

Why do people come to C.R.E.A.T.E.?  

Few come to us out of a need to explore the relationship chemicals play in their lives. Few admit a problem though someone else in their lives has either referred them to us or even made an ultimatum that includes the person getting help or else losing something that he holds as important.  Most of us have a picture in our heads of what a chemical health problem is and do not see ourselves in that picture. Once someone outside of ourselves sees the relationship we have with chemicals as a problem, it is usually time to make the call and get it taken care of before it develops any further. This is no different than having any medical issue and just leaving it to resolve itself. Maybe it will…maybe not.

So, why are you looking at this website? Have you been told to call C.R.E.A.T.E.? Are you looking for a place where you can get a Chemical Health Assessment or a Rule 25 assessment? Did a spouse, friend, judge, lawyer, boss or someone other than you give you direction to find a place that will do that assessment and make a recommendation as to what you can do to address the roles that chemicals have been playing in your life? If that has happened, you have found the place that will give you a thorough, unbiased evaluation.

Maybe you are here because you have heard about us.  You want an agency that is slightly different in approach.  You fear that if you go you will be labeled as chemically dependent simply because you showed up at the door.  If any of these are your reason for coming to C.R.E.A.T.E., you have found what you were looking for.  You have found a clinic staffed by professionals who know better than to try to tell you what you have to do to change… you will be in charge of that, we will offer you some tools to find the keys to your personal changes.

Maybe you think that if you come here, you are going to have to give up something you value the most; that is the relief you get when you use chemicals. We understand how challenging giving up the thing you have found that doesn’t talk back when you use it. We know it is hard to change this behavior until you find suitable replacements for the relief or enjoyment you get from chemicals. We cannot take away your grief about losing you constant companion, alcohol or drugs. What we can do is help you deal with the grief by finding new companions.

In fact, our staff will be with you all the way through your time with C.R.E.A.T.E.  They have several years of experience working with clients needing to look at their chemical health. Our staff will ask questions exploring the relationship you have with chemicals, other people, the legal system, your physical and mental health, financial health and job and school experience. That is how they arrive at their opinion as to whether you will benefit from our services, have issues outside of the things we can address or need referral to another agency.

You are asked to talk about yourself so we can assist you in the perfect fit for your future plans about that relationship to chemicals. We think you will be satisfied with how our staff listen and talk WITH you. We care about what you think and want to understand what, if anything will help you get to the other side of whatever troubles got you to our doors. We DO NOT CALL YOU an addict or an alcoholic. We ask what you think are the issues and work from your perspective.