The journey into recovery begins with a five-week “Discover Recovery” period where clients are provided refuge in a structured, healthy living environment as they undergo initial detoxification and rehabilitation. Both clients and families are given time to begin to build a foundation of recovery from addiction, as well as have a break from each other and the consequences of addiction. Early on clients gain an understanding of all aspects of addiction as a disease, develop an awareness of and insight into their patterns of self-defeating thinking and behaviors, and identify other manifestations of addiction aside from substance abuse. Our multidimensional approach addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual components to recovery.
Participation in our Inpatient Addiction Treatment Program beyond the initial five week "Discover Recovery" period greatly increases our clients' likelihood of sustaining recovery, as this is where the active implementation of all things learned thus far begins. This is the opportunity for clients to build, strengthen, and deepen their recovery skills, and to undertake a comprehensive self-examination in a supportive, structured, and supervised environment.
The ultimate goal is to help clients maximize their capability to successfully transition from the safety and supervision of a structured treatment setting back into the community, and to prepare them to assume full responsibility for their own treatment. The final weeks of a client's stay can be the most challenging period of post-acute withdrawal—whether it be at the end of the minimum five week period, or after the full twelve-week program—which can continue for weeks or months after clients' complete medically supervised detoxification. Active addiction dramatically changes brain functioning in the areas that govern thinking, feeling, and behavior. During post-acute withdrawal, when the brain and body are beginning to heal and rewire themselves to adjust to living without substances, difficulties in thinking, concentration, judgment, memory, sleep, appetite, and mood are quite common. The discomfort of post-acute withdrawal is a driving factor in the relapses of many people during early recovery. A twelve-week length of stay has the additional benefit of providing therapeutic shelter until the storm of the most severe symptoms of post-acute withdrawal can pass. We want to give clients the best possible chance to continue their recovery.
Our philosophy is that addiction is a family disease. Studies indicate when both the families and the addicts participate in treatment, the addicts' chances for successful, long-term outcomes increase. We place a high priority on family involvement through our weekly family support meetings and monthly Family Renewal Program. Initially, contact between client and family will be kept to a minimum unless clinically indicated. This helps limit external distractions and allows the client and the family the time needed to focus on their respective issues. It is important to carefully explain this rationale to clients and families in order to create an understanding that can withstand strong natural impulses for contact, as well as potential attempts at manipulation. Family leverage should be identified and strengthened so this can be utilized as a resource throughout the treatment process to give clients sufficient time and space to experience positive results.
We strongly encourage clients to extend their treatment beyond the initial five weeks in order to create additional opportunities for learning, growing, and healing. Such opportunities are provided through activities that facilitate deeper self-awareness and understanding and a recovery-reinforcing environment where clients can continue to practice healthy attitudes and behaviors. For many people in earliest recovery who have spent years avoiding feelings and burying emotions, it generally takes five weeks before these feelings even begin to emerge. Any additional weeks after that allow clients to participate in a detailed process that reviews their lives from beginning to the present. We believe the progress one can make in moving forward is only limited by how far one is willing to look back. In order for clients to have the information needed to begin charting a course for recovery, they will complete a self-examination and inventory (Fourth Step), which is an in-depth exploration of how one has been affected by addiction across a range of important life areas.
Like any structure, recovery will only be as strong as the foundation on which it is built. The final segment of the program—ideally during the last four of twelve weeks— will assist clients in solidifying the foundation of their recovery, by providing expanded opportunities to practice their new, recovery-oriented lifestyle in a setting where positive changes in thinking and behavior can be nurtured. Moreover, their emerging attitudes and behaviors can offer positive models for newer clients. During this time clients are allowed additional privileges, such as off-site passes and attending twelve-step meetings with their temporary sponsors. This gradual, progressive, and supervised re-integration into their family and the community gives clients the ability to process difficulties as they are encountered, while still within the safety of an intensive inpatient treatment environment.