Treatment Program Overview

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Treatment Program Overview

November 11, 2014
A.J. Smith
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Overview of Our Oregon Addiction Treatment Program

 

Just as there various circumstances that help create substance abuse disorders in a person, there are several treatment components that help a person recover. abts_group_room_2At Awakenings by the Sea, we offer rich treatment program offerings that foster physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. Most of these addiction program offerings are inextricably linked; each one affects the other in very important ways. By experiencing treatment in small group and individual settings, our clients experience treatment that runs therapeutically deep, with a lasting and comprehensive impact. These include:

Life Skills

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” –William James

Our daily educational lectures and meetings at our Oregon drug and alcohol treatment center cover a variety of topics that help clients with their emotional, social and professional challenges and aspirations. Often, the way in which we were living our lives as addicts or alcoholics no longer serves us, and so we seek treatment and recovery. Our life skills workshops focus on ways in which we can make life more manageable, be it in our interactions with others socially or professionally, or in how we prioritize our own needs and aspirations.

Stress Management

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

It is said that you can determine a person’s emotional state by how they cope with stress. For many, drugs and alcohol alleviated stress at first, until they caused more stress and unnecessary strife in life. That is why stress management is a vital component to emotional and physical recovery, since using drugs and alcohol takes a toll on both. Our stress management workshops teach clients effective and lasting tools they can use when stress arises, from realigning cognitive patterns to learning breathing techniques and activities to control stress, rather than letting stress take control.

Relapse Prevention

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Annn Radmacher

In our women’s rehab, we have clients new to recovery and those who have experienced one or more relapses. Relapse prevention is an essential component to addiction treatment because relapse itself is cunning, baffling and powerful. Our Relapse Prevention Program helps clients unmask their relapse triggers and patters to devise alternative ways to protect themselves from such issues. Clients also learn how to uncover the signs of mental relapse, which often takes place long before the physical act of picking up a drink or a drug occurs. Essential to relapse prevention is eradicating guilt and shame and having honesty, openness and willingness – all which are difficult skills we teach clients to master in our relapse prevention groups.

High Risk Behaviors

“Behavior is what a [wo]man does, not what [s]he thinks, feels, or believes.” – Emily Dickinson

Addiction isn’t just about the physical consumption of a drink or a drug. There are often behaviors that can be addictive, known as process addictions. These include high-risk behaviors, such as sexual compulsivity, dishonesty, gambling, use of pornography, the Internet, shopping, relationships or food as mechanisms of escape. Because we are a small addiction rehab center, we are able to recognize and work individually with each client to look at his or her high-risk behaviors. These high-risk behaviors can often emerge as one puts down their substance of choice, which gives our addiction treatment staff the advantage of helping clients cope with those behaviors while in treatment, so that they don’t become problematic once they return home.

Nutrition and Fitness

Many enter our Oregon rehab center physically exhausted, underweight or overweight and malnourished from addiction. After completing our detox (if indicated), we work to restore our clients to physical health through offering healthy mindful eating programs and scheduled time for physical fitness. Nutrition and fitness is vital to long-term recovery because healthy eating and exercise helps with an array of physical and emotional attributes, such as sleep patterns, mental clarity, emotional regulation, the immune system, energy and mood.

Codependency

Codependency is a way that so many of us have learned to survive. The word gets thrown around so often. At our treatment center for women, we will help each client define for herself what her own codependency is, and she will identify how it has been a survival for her; possibly contributing to her relapse behaviors. We do know that most of our codependency issues are what underlies our alcoholism and drug addiction. In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous it states that drinking is symptomatic of deeper underlying issues. They must be dealt with in order to stay sober. This is what they are referring to.

Relationships

Addiction is the most intimate relationship many people have ever had, and yet we long for intimacy with our loved ones, closeness with our friends, and simply feeling connected to those around us. All of this is possible for us!

At Awakenings each woman will have a chance to identify the specific unfinished business in each relationship, decide what she wants to change, what she wants to let go of, grieve, or embrace. Recovery and sobriety give each of us the choice to create the safety and passion in the relationships we choose without blame, criticism and shame. We replace fear and isolation with joy and compassion in all of our relationships. Further, Awakenings offers a weekend Couples Workshop every other month.

Womens’ Issues

We know that addicted women have a great deal of shame which perpetuates addictive behaviors. Shame being: I am a mistake! Women will increase self love and esteem in treatment while sharing with other women. Due to our culture based on perfect body image, we all have struggled with body image and our relationship with food.

We will learn the beginnings of acceptance of self: extending into our sexuality, being who we are as women, and assessing how we relate to the world around us as women. We create a safe comfortable environment to explore ourselves as women in relationship to our addictions and relationships in recovery.

Spirituality

Spirituality is perhaps the most miscommunicated, misunderstood, and mysterious component of both recovery and sobriety. In our Oregon Addiction Treatment Program we clearly unfold this simple secret that reconnects people to a higher power, society, family and each other.

Cross Addiction

Cross addiction is explained by beginning to understand that we are dealing with a disease. Addiction is a threefold disease: physical, emotional and spiritual. The actual substance use is just a symptom of the disease. Therefore as someone enters recovery with a drug of choice being alcohol or drugs it is important to understand that any mind altering substance can activate the disease within. So we work with the women at Awakenings by the Sea to understand the idea of total abstinence from all mood altering substances. Also, teaching about other addictions to food, gambling, relationship, work, sex, and shopping; working to find personal balance and healing.

Trauma, Grief, and PTSD Therapy

In recovery, trauma is not as much about the event as it is how the nervous system gets stuck on or off. The real physical damage of trauma is in the nervous system.

For many women in addiction, the substance abuse disorder can be exacerbated by an unhealthy coping mechanism used to deal with the pain (excessive survival energy) of trauma. Often, clients experience physical or sexual abuse; PTSD from violence or war; or the loss of loved ones, which have created seemingly unbearable pain. The substance abuse may temporarily serves as a way to numb the pain that the mind and emotional body are unable to sufficiently process. Trauma is healed by the process of discharging excessive survival energy. The use of proven technique by professionally trained practitioners will help clients cope with trauma.

Our women’s rehab center has Somatic Experiencing Practitioners on staff. We work specifically to help orient clients to the here and now thus creating safety and the resources necessary for continued sobriety. When someone is living in the present, she is not in her trauma.

Creative Expression

There are many routes to self-expression. At Awakenings by the Sea, we believe that we all internally have knowledge about what we need to heal in order to find our personal joy.

Creativity can be explored through a variety of tools like music therapy, art therapy, writing poetry, etc. Creative expression can lead us to a deeper level of understanding and self-discovery by helping us to connect to that inner healing voice.

Healthy Mindful Eating

In a world where we are all running, claiming that we are taking care of ourselves…. At Awakenings we will take the time to sit, say a spiritual blessing, be thankful for our bodies and our food, and eat with a mindful spirit. Our wonderful chef will prepare special nutritious food and we will eat together learning to savor and enjoy the process.

Cognitive Patterns

“You must unlearn what you have learned” – Yoda

Substance abuse can cause fixated cognitive patterns that often need to be un-learned. Thoughts spark feelings, and feelings spark actions. In addiction, a negative thought could spark an uncomfortable feeling that initiates use of a drug or alcohol to unhinge that feeling. By recognizing one’s cognitive patterns, one can learn to stop the cycle or pattern at the initial thought. Often, addicts manufacture unhealthy thoughts as a subconscious reason to pick up a drink or a drug. Other times, the thought-feeling-use pattern is so ingrained and occurs so quickly that it is hard to know the initial thought/feeling that sparked the use. The tools we teach clients first give them awareness of their own cognitive patterns, then help them un-learn detrimental patterns and apply these tools to help them with their thinking. In practical application, this may mean knowing how to examine the reality of their thoughts; learn that feelings are transient and not facts; and that not every feeling requires an action. These tools are inextricably linked with stress management, 12-Step programs and health and fitness, which together facilitate clear thinking.

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