Program for Adults
Often times the most difficult part in the journey of giving up substances is not actually doing without the drug itself. It is far more difficult to leave behind the culture in which the drug or alcohol habit existed. When people attend 9 hours a week of group work with other people in recovery, it starts to shift their values as part of their recovery. Breaking free from the values of drug or alcohol use and the elements that make up the drug culture is essential. Because it is so critical to the stabilization process, In Balance goes to great lengths to build cohesiveness within the new culture; to create a cohesive group where clients feel safe and where they can share openly and become a support system for one another. During this phase, clients will be exposed to experiential or adventure based therapy. This enhances the ability for clients to get to know each other, to work together as a team, and to have sober fun together. For many people in recovery, this is the first time that they have had fun outside of the drug/alcohol-using experience.
Typically, clients will be in the group anywhere from 31-36 sessions, depending on the severity of their drug or alcohol use, their response to treatment and their ability to remain drug and alcohol-free.
Multi-Family Component Substance abuse effects the entire family, not just the person seeking treatment. In order to help the entire family recover, the second and fourth Wednesday of the month family members are invited to attend the sessions. The group will be educated on such subject matters as setting healthy boundaries, the addiction process, co-dependency, family systems, family roles, feeling identification and expression. Most clients that come into treatment are often supported by family members that need to understand the disease process and how they can help their loved one heal as well as themselves.
The Four Elements of Treatment
Clients are taught the importance of making sure that they have the four essential elements of their being in balance: their physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects. They learn how to implement each during their treatment at In Balance.
- Physical- Often during active substance abuse and addiction the physical component of one’s health is over looked. Regaining one’s health and physical activity is addressed in the experiential portion of the program. These activities include Equine Assisted Therapy, yoga, hiking, and T’ai Chi. Not only do these activities involve exercise, but they are also beneficial in learning sober social skills, communication and most importantly- you can have fun without using drugs or alcohol- something that many people have forgotten is possible.
- Emotional- One common result of substance abuse and addiction is an inability to express one’s self emotionally, whether this be anger management, grief and loss issues, or even how to celebrate a success. Expression and the processing of one’s issues with emotion is addressed in the many psycho educational activities group completes at each session. In Balance often will utilize the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and art expression in assisting client’s to work through their emotional issues in a safe and supportive manner.
- Social- Learning how to communicate, interact with peers and express one’s self often is stifled during substance use and abuse. To assist in learning new and affective ways of a 12-step group and assist with getting acquainted with this recovery community. The above mentioned physical activities are all opportunities to practice social skills and communication as well.
- Spiritual- This vital element of recovery is addressed every Thursday evening. Group celebrates varying lengths of sobriety with a coin ceremony and pizza for the accomplishments and successes of the participants. On these evenings, an activity is done that helps each person discover their spirit and celebrate their individuality. In teaching the importance of involvement with the 12 step community and its recovery, staff addresses individual steps and the group completes exercises in order to develop a spiritual connection with themselves, the community and a higher power of their understanding that will help them with their recovery. Each participant will complete their written 1st step based on the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, and that our lives had become unmanageable” with the group in order to understand their powerlessness over drugs and alcohol and the unmanageability in their lives.
If the afternoon program is preferred:
The second and fourth Wednesday of every month
Alumni Support Group:
*This is not a Behavioral Health Service