Holistic Treatment Program

 

  • The Holistic Track Program focuses on the awareness of a person’s emotions and feelings during the recovery process and to help individuals learn to gain acceptance of other and themselves to enter the world again after treatment.

 

The program is designed to observe and to focus an individual’s body and mind in one setting. To help an individual lean how about how their emotions and actions affect the present moment, raising awareness is vital. Asking one’s self “How do I feel?” and “How am I feeling now that I am in a different situation?” can allow an individual to focus on the emotion before an action takes place. Helping an individual realize that only they have the choice on how they deal with these situations and to become aware of their own emotions is the main purpose of this track.

 

This program offers many features; some including the ability to discuss emotions as instinct. Most times, individuals going through treatment will cover up feelings of despair or sadness with anxiety and anger. Being a natural emotion, the feeling of sadness should not have to be disguised with other emotions. Individuals need to be reminded that feeling these emotions and correcting them take time, practice and conditioning just as it would if you were to learn a new sport or ride a bike.

 

The recovery process itself requires practice. The more one practices abstinence and good decision, the easier it will be to maintain this lifestyle in the future. Practice makes perfect. Individuals that participate in this program option are to share their stories based off different feelings they have had in certain situations and how they could have reacted differently in those situations. Awareness of how the individual thought and acted can help them in future circumstances and take control of their emotions and feelings in the future.
 

Group Sessions

 

  • Group sessions consist of being about an hour long and also include 45 minutes of discussions on various issues as well as a 10-15 minute guided meditation session to clear the individuals mind to focus on resolving issues discussed.
  • Therapy sessions are presented in a quiet, calming, atmosphere where individuals can feel welcome and focus on their issues without any type of distractions. Very similar to individual therapy sessions, with licensed counselors, this phase focuses on the underlying issues of addiction in a more natural way.

 

  • This track is more relaxed and uses non-specific techniques than the 12-Step and Buddhist Program offered at our center.

 

 

 

Nutrition

 

With Holistic Programs, nutrition is discussed in high importance. Nutritional deficiencies of key amino acids, vitamins (e.g., B-complex and vitamin C), and minerals (e.g., zinc, magnesium, and calcium) are present in individuals who are recovering from drug and alcohol dependencies. It is important to drink plenty of water and take regular vitamin supplements in order to build these components back up in the body. A reminder to individuals recovering; you are still withdrawing after the detox program and constant care of the body is needed daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

Individual Counseling

 

Individual counseling is offered to participants that would like to address an issue one-on-one with the group facilitator. This can be done outside of group on weeknights at the facility and is kept confidential within the counselors. Sleep therapy is also offered at night for those in recovery; these sessions include guided meditation into sleep.

 

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

 

Sit Tall

Comfort is the key. Now imagine a thread extending from the top of your head, pulling your back, neck, and head straight up towards the ceiling in a straight line. Sit Tall.

Relax Your Body

Close your eyes and scan your body, relaxing each body part one at a time. Begin with your toes, feet, ankles, shins, and continue to move up your entire body. Don’t forget to relax your shoulders, neck, eyes, face, jaw, and tongue which are all common areas for us to hold tension.

Be Still and Silent

Now that you are sitting tall and relaxed, take a moment to be still.

Breathe

Turn your attention to breath. Breathe silently, yet deeply. Engage your diaphragm to fill your lungs, but do not force your breath.

Establish a Mantra

A Mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that can be repeated throughout your meditation. Mantras can have spiritual, vibrational, and transformative benefits, or they can simply provide a point of focus during meditation. They can be spoken aloud or silently to yourself.

Calm your Mind

As you focus on your breath or mantra, your mind will begin to calm and become present. Some days your mind will be busy and filled with inner chatter, other days it will remain calm and focused. Neither way is good or bad.

When to End your Practice

There is no correct length of time to practice meditation, however when first beginning it is often easier to sit for shorter periods of time (5-10 minutes)

How to End your Practice

When you are ready to end your practice, slowly bring your conscious attention back to your surroundings. Acknowledge your presence in the space around you. Gently wiggle your fingers and toes. Begin to move your hands, feet, arms, and legs. Open your eyes. Move slowly and take your time getting up.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a set of skills that allows an individual to become aware of thoughts and emotions. CBT identifies how situations, thoughts, and behaviors influence emotions and improve these feelings and emotions by changing destructive thoughts and behaviors.

 

Background Information:
The word Cognitive comes from the word Cognation. Cognation, in therapeutic terms, is the mental processing that includes the attention to a working memory, comprehending and producing language, calculating, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Based on scientific research, CBT widely used throughout the world of Therapy and can be geared towards people suffering from not only an addiction, but for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive behaviors.

 

 

How CBT Works:

Learning how to become aware of destructive thoughts and behaviors is the first step to understanding how CBT works. Breaking down a situation where the addict became destructive with their behaviors, and teaching the individual to point out faults, is a stepping stone into having clarity on why they chose to make a destructive decision.

 

Each situation can be broke down into the following steps:

  • Thoughts – What did the individual think about to lead to a destructive action?
  • Emotions – How did the individual feel before making the decision towards the action?
  • Physical feelings – How did the individual physically feel before completing the action?
  • Actions – What did the individual do that was destructive?

 

 

 

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-Cont.

 

  • The way an individual thinks has an effect on how that person feels and eventually will lead up to the action that an individual does.

 

These questions are based on rational thinking and creating evidence for yourself on WHY you feel and act the way you do:

 

  • What has happened for you to believe that your thought is true?

 

  • What rational evidence makes you believe that you are “worthless”?
  • What has happened for you to believe your thought is NOT true?
  • What positive thoughts can you think of that reasons why you are NOT “worthless”?
  • What is an alternative way to think about this situation?
  • How can you create a positive change so that an action is NOT destructive?

 

Typically, jumping to an unrealistic conclusion or conclusions may lead to many uncomfortable behavioral issues and feelings. These can make a person ultimately feel worse about an action they did in a specific situation.

 

 

  • Changing thought patterns into good thoughts based on bad feelings can adjust a person’s actions by re analyzing destructive thoughts and turning them into productive thoughts by using the moral reasoning questions listed in previous slide’s chart.

 

 

Destructive Decision:

 

 

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-Cont.

 

  • The main gateway to changing how emotions and physical feelings can change as an outcome of action is to change your entire thought process as a whole. People who feel happy and optimistic about any given situation do not create destructive behaviors. For example, if you were to feel happy about a new job, that will not lead you to destroy someone’s property.

 

 

After an individual is able to recognize how their thoughts can be a reactor in their behaviors, individuals can use this learning tool to start making good decisions in their lives.

 

 

The goal is to change thought pattern through becoming more aware of how an individual feels and how to control behaviors before they make an action.