The first priority in addiction treatment is physiological stabilization by detoxification: the termination of habitual consumption of addictive substances. MAT, Medication Assisted Therapy is the use of prescription pharmaceuticals to ease the physical symptoms of separating from your drug of choice. .It is available for all types of chemical dependency, including alcohol. This frees a person from the physical trap of addiction and affords an undistracted participation in the rehabilitative process. More of that below:
MAT /MOUD is a fantastic evolotion in the treatment of addictions; a critically necessary step without which many would be unable to resolve their addiction. But, while MAT is often necessary, alone it is not sufficient for long-term success. Optimal oucomes are found only when counseling and support is combined with MAT. The evidence is compelling for Cognitive Behavioral, Dialetical Behavioral and Lifeskills Therapy. Once you and our doctor resolve the negative physical effects of withdrawal using MAT, the nightmare ends but the real work begins. The second priority in addiction treatment is to support the client as they involuntarily wake up and face their reality. For most, absent of their drug of choice, the rear view is filled with tragedy disappointment, mistakes, and isolation while the forward view is partially filled with boredom and loneliness, but only partially. Depending on how long your drug use career has been and how much you have lost because of it, the landscape un-filled by loneliness and boredom is simply vast and frightening emptiness. We can help you get off drugs or alcohol using MAT. We can help you look inward and to others for solace that may give you strength through counselling. But that only kills 6 hours in a 24 hour day. But We’ll also keep you busy with other nurturing activities. You’ll learn some new skills; gain a new outlook; meet some new friends. You’ll even have some fun along the way. That’s More to Llife Recovery..
We rise with the sun,. You will awaken slowly, quietly, and peacefully, make your bed, tidy your belongings and await the day counselor who will review these items. Morning group meditation and setting of intentions leads to a rigorous sweat in the yoga / fitness studio, followed by a relaxing hour of a private, luxurious shower, a humble breakfast, and a zoom check-in with CEO and Program Director Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson. Then it’s off to the classroom building / music studio for 2 pre-lunch and 2 post-lunch hours of evidence-based group counseling. Theres a few minutes break between each of the hours and a delightful lunch in the middle of it all. Counseling can be rewarding, enlightening, even uplifting as it reveals and reminds you of important progress. But at times it can be tough as hell facing the reasons we are all here. As such we try to keep it light with lots of music (both making and listening) great food, and new friends.
The day then continues with gardening / yard work /animal care, or cooking / housework and dinner prep on alternating days.. The 6 bed facility has three dual-occupancy bedrooms so each pair of occupants split up after class to do one or the other functions on alternating days. If you work outside, dinner will be waiting for you prepared by the other half of each pair and cleanup will be on you while those who worked inside will enjoy a little slack time. Breaking bread together is the highlight of the day Where we take care of each other, enjoy a good mean and congratulate ourselves on making it through another day. No boring food. We make cooking fun and help you learn how to do the same for yourself. After dinner we reconvene in the main room for reading and review of stated intentions. For those not exhausted and ready for bed by now, there are a myriad of avocations for fun, learning and personal progress. There are also a number of therapies who’s clinical evidence is less strong but never the less really help everything a lot like aroma therapy, massage, art, and music. Things that are creative and things that are pampering seem to help life a lot even though the clinical evidence may not be overwhelming. The same can be said for things like fish, ponds, frogs and aquariums. So we have those too On the weekends we get away to Lake Tahoe or rivers nearby for all kinds of outdoor activities; everything you can imagine. Ever try zip lines ? Totally fun. Kayaking, sailing, s’more camping, hiking, cycling, speed boat. It’s all in the neighborhood.
After your first week you are sure to see that there is so much more to life beyond drugs and even more than that beyond recovery. You will quickly feel welcomed and comforted and safe; loved and understood for the difficulty of this enormous task of saving your own life when you might not even be sure why.
While we are all professionals we are also recovering addicts ourselves. This leaves us highly empathetic but a little short-fused because we’ve seen (or used) every trick in the book. So while the first few days can be bumpy, you’ll come to find us as family…. well, new family. And then in a blink our time will be done and your new life will begin it’s next phase, which we’ll tell you all about and thoroughly prepare you for once you get here.
Good luck to you. We applaud your courage. If you are reading these words and you’ve gotten this far the it is finally time. Give us a try. We can help.
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