Each path leading to addiction is shaped by the experiences unique to the one who travels it. Recovery has proven to be a journey equally personal. We developed a modern-day, holistic and comprehensive treatment model able to respond effectively to the specific therapeutic and personal needs of each individual. The following information provides a more in-depth understanding of our treatment modality comprised of science-based and alternative therapies implemented at our boutique-style rehab centers, on-location, or both.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT involves a combination of identifying and challenging negative thinking patterns as well as learning positive behavioral strategies and skills to cope with presenting issues through various techniques. It focuses on thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves. CBT provides a strong foundation for individual, group and family therapy and is effective in treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression as well as alcohol and substance use disorders.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based behavior therapy used to treat a variety of psychological disorders and proven effective for treating alcohol and substance dependence. It encourages noticing and accepting thoughts and feelings for what they merely are to increase psychological flexibility. It focuses on our need to control being the problem rather than a solution to living a fulfilling life.
The six core aspects of ACT are:
Acceptance – Much suffering occurs as a result of a struggle to accept what is. Acceptance is offered as an alternative to neutralize inner conflict.
Cognitive Defusion – ACT attempts to change the way one relates to and interacts with thoughts through neutral observation.
Being present – Connecting to the present moment as it unfolds, moment to moment, rather than obsessing about the past or the future.
Self as Context – Helps build a stable sense of self, a calm centre from which the ever-changing inner and outer environment can be observed.
Values – Carefully chosen values help determine each individual’s direction in various domains of life (i.e. relationships, career, spirituality).
Action – ACT encourages a strong commitment to short, medium and long-term goals linked to chosen values to develop positive behavior change.
Mindfulness may be fundamentally understood as the state in which one becomes more aware of one’s physical, mental, and emotional condition in the present moment, without becoming judgmental. Individuals learn to pay attention to a variety of experiences such as bodily sensations, cognitions, and feelings, and accept them without being influenced by them. Through practice, one cultivates a presence allowing a more direct experience free from past or future. This can often become a catalyst for behavior and thought modification.
A Medically supervised detox can safely get patients through the initial phase of withdrawal. It is a three-step process of evaluation, stabilization and preparation for future treatment. Our principles of effective detox are built on the medical model, which incorporates a combination of care including nursing staff, medication and physician supervision during detox. The drug withdrawal timeline depends on various factors such as the duration and amount of the substance abused, age and overall health. Over time, the body and mind relearn to function without the drug, and the cravings subside.
Individual or psychotherapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. It helps confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental wellbeing and increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. Many gain self-awareness and embrace psychotherapy as a means of self-growth and self-actualization. A therapist can facilitate lifestyle changes, serve as a listening ear, help identify underlying causes of symptoms and provide specific strategies or techniques for alleviating stress, facing challenges and changing unwanted thoughts, behaviors, or emotions.
Group therapy is a shared therapeutic experience and collaborative form of healing which can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by group members. Group activities are designed to encourage communication, insight, trust, and personal growth. Group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment. Participants can try out new behaviors, role-play, and engage with others in not only receiving valuable feedback and insight from other group members, but also in giving it. By seeing how others handle similar problems, new coping methods can be learned.
People with co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis, have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. They require an integrated and simultaneous treatment plan that targets both illnesses at once. Common mental health issues that occur in conjunction with substance abuse include schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Individuals with co-occurring disorders frequently struggle with everyday tasks, leading to a number of hardships.
We integrate combined treatments at every level including:
- Assigning trained staff prepared to address the needs of patients with co-occurring disorders.
- Testing both the chemical and psychiatric health of patients and diagnosing co-occurring disorders as interconnected mental health issues
- Providing a safe environment so the patient can be accurately evaluated free from the toxic effects of substance use.
- Structuring therapy to treat both disorders simultaneously.
Psychoeducation represents an important early step in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, as it offers a better understanding to the individual and those closely involved in a person’s care. Having a thorough understanding of the challenges faced, as well as knowledge of both the illness and internal and external resources available, a stronger ability to address difficulties can be obtained. Psychoeducation is steered by four main goals: transfer of information, medication and treatment support, training and support in self-help and self-care and the provision of a safe place to vent emotional frustrations.
12 Step Program
A spiritual approach to addictions recovery, such as the 12 steps program, encourages people to shift their perspective beyond their own immediate self. This shift, encouraged by following a specific set of steps and peer support, allows people to evaluate their values and beliefs and helps to crystalize those that make life worth living. The 12 Steps provide a template for putting problems into perspective, restructuring life, getting priorities straight and weeding bad habits out of daily routines. It advocates sober living and complete abstinence from alcohol and other recreational drugs. At our rehab centers, the 12 Steps are presented through a series of workshops using non-religious language to better suit our diverse clientele.
A therapeutic community (TC) has a recovery orientation and active participation in each others recovery process via daily activities drives individual change. A TC encourages all participants to examine and address their personal behavior to promote honesty, responsibility and self-discipline. In an addiction treatment center, the mutual goals present within the community serve as a method in itself to help overcome addiction and improve overall wellbeing.
When initiating a recovery process, it is important to repair the psychological and physical damage of chemical dependence as well as the damaged mind-body connection. Exercise alleviates both physical and psychological stress. Dedicated physical activity during treatment and recovery will help reintroduce natural levels of endorphins in the system. This not only helps with feeling better but reteaches the body that it is capable of regulating its own brain chemistry and mood in healthy, natural ways. Regular exercise has proven to increase feelings of self-confidence and optimism and reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. In addition, it fosters improved sleep, greater energy, and enhanced feelings of wellbeing.
Substance abuse increases the risk of malnutrition because alcohol and other drugs deprive the body of its ability to absorb nutrients. Unless addressed, unhealthy diets may inhibit recovery by causing headaches, sleep problems and low energy levels. Nutrition therapy is not limited to making sure individuals eat the right food during treatment. We teach the difference between hunger and drug-related cues or cravings and how to create personalized meal plans so that balanced meals can be prepared at home.
As a component of our holistic approach, we understand that there are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle. These include toxicities, nutrient deficiencies, amino acid imbalances, hormonal imbalances and more. By restoring chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming addiction. Depending on the program chosen, we use analyses from lab investigations, symptoms and nutrition to create an individualized biochemical restoration health plan. Appropriate vitamin, amino acid and hormone replacement therapy, as well as a healthy diet, correct the body’s deficiencies and provide physical relief for the many symptoms of addiction.
Overcoming addiction frequently requires the cooperation of all family members. As such, family therapy encourages those involved to collaborate and address family problems as well as any individual issues that may be interfering with the cohesiveness of the family system. Members learn to understand one another better, communicate more effectively, and work proactively to disrupt unhealthy patterns. Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships or when treating mental health concerns that impact the family as a whole. Since the disrupted internal dynamics of the family system can produce and sustain problematic behaviors, family therapy is an essential part of the recovery process.
The term experiential therapy covers a variety of different therapies and therapeutic techniques that require engaging in some form of activity or action. Examples of experiential therapy are art / music therapy and our weekly excursions. They help clients uncover underlying issues that may be difficult to identify and explore using talk therapy alone. Another, specific advantage of this approach is that it allows the therapist to observe an individual in a setting or situation other then group or one-on-one sessions. Clients tend to be more authentic when participating in some action or an experience that mimics the real world.
The real challenge in addiction recovery is to maintain sobriety once rehab ends and you find yourself back in the real world. One of the things that can significantly reduce the chances of a relapse occurring is to create an aftercare maintenance plan. We will help develop such a personalized plan with an emphasis on coping skills to help handle high-risk situations to prevent a return to addictive or other self-destructive behavior.