How Co-Ed Group Therapy Helps Aid Recovery

How Co-Ed Group Therapy Helps Aid Recovery

There are many successful resources for people struggling to overcome addiction, even just at Enlightened Solutions alone. For every treatment method offered, counseling is a resource that is available to every one of our clients. We offer group co-ed therapy as well as individual therapy since not everyone is comfortable sharing their experiences in front of others.

Before you dismiss the idea of co-ed therapy, let’s take a look at some of the reasons it has high success rates. You may find that it’s worth giving a chance, in addition to or instead of individual therapy.

The Wisdom of Mixed-Gender Discussion

At other addiction treatment facilities, it’s common for men and women to be separated, even though they’re all there to discuss the same issue. There are some valid reasons for this, as many people turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with intimate traumas like sexual abuse. For people with that background, it’s understandable why they may feel more comfortable in single-gendered spaces. It’s also why co-ed therapy is never something that is forced on our clients.

However, part of group therapy, in general, is to benefit from the wisdom and experiences that others bring to the table.

Not everyone is in the same place in their journey of recovery; some may be further along on that road than others. Some may be getting treatment at a facility for a second or third time. Group therapy allows people to learn from the experiences of others, whether it’s through lessons learned from past mistakes, healing strategies, coping mechanisms that worked (and ones that didn’t), and much more.

Life is experienced differently by men and women, and while not everything shared in co-ed therapy may be directly applicable, it provides a wider scope to understand the effects of addiction.

Meaningful Connections in Co-Ed Therapy

At the start of addiction treatment, single-gender groups are recommended before co-ed ones. This is because the start of treatment can be overwhelming, and introducing the dynamic of co-ed therapy may be uncomfortable. Understandably, we want to remove as many stumbling blocks as we can in order for clients to get the most out of treatment. As clients move further along in our programs, becoming more comfortable with the new environment and the people they meet here, co-ed therapy can become a valuable tool for processing and understanding the nuances of addiction.

In co-ed therapy, we aim to facilitate a healthy dynamic between clients who are sharing parts of their lives with us. In order to accomplish this, we aim to diminish distractions by guiding discussion in the following ways:

  • We keep the focus on gender-specific issues that men and women face, as it relates to substance abuse and addiction.
  • We ensure our clients are comfortable and feel safe in this space.
  • We aim to increase participation by developing self-confidence rather than by pressuring people to share who may do more listening than speaking.
  • We aim to remove gender-specific boundaries and expectations that exist outside of the treatment facility, so everyone is on equal footing.

The Benefits of Co-Ed Group Therapy

Not only are the experiences of men and women different, but so are their thought processes. Even talking about the same topic can yield many unique perspectives that members of one gender or the other may never have considered.

Improves Relationships

Since addiction is an issue that affects relationships with family, or perhaps even originated at home, the perspectives of men and women shared in therapy can help clients better understand the nuances of their relationships with mothers and fathers, or husbands and wives. This may be a limited understanding, but it can help enable clients to improve relationships with these family members once they return from treatment.

Men and women can also offer advice or suggestions for the opposite gender on how to address sensitive issues surrounding addiction, as it relates to mixed-gendered relationships. It’s also true that, while many people relate better to members of their own gender, some people are the opposite.

Strengthens Communication Skills

Co-ed therapy is one way to create an environment in which people of all types of communication styles feel comfortable. While the differences between the genders are significant, there are also more commonalities than perhaps many people realize. Clients may find that they are more equipped to engage with the opposite gender upon leaving treatment and returning back to their daily lives.

Co-Ed Therapy at Enlightened Solutions

At Enlightened Solutions, we understand that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment. Clients are assessed and recommended specific treatment modalities on an individual basis. Some may be recommended for co-ed therapy, while others will not. An atmosphere of trust and safety is critical for any kind of treatment method to be successful.

At the same time, it’s also important to recognize that much of daily life is filled with interactions between both genders. Therefore, it is important to learn (or re-learn) how to build positive interactions and relationships, and the safe space offered at Enlightened Solutions is a great place to do that. As clients transition to life outside of treatment, the skills they learn in co-ed therapy will serve them well as they form new relationships in daily life, or attempt to rebuild old ones.

No matter what type of treatment method you're looking for, Enlightened Solutions is likely to provide it. We evaluate and assess our clients based on many factors, including (but not limited to) physical and mental health, the severity of the addiction, past experiences, and present needs. Our assessment is thorough and conducted by licensed professionals who are as compassionate as they are knowledgeable. The treatment approach of our facility centers around holistic methods, which are intended to facilitate healing in the mind, body, and spirit; not just in the physical body. To learn more, call us at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with our staff. Don't wait any longer to begin your healing journey.


What to Expect from Nutrition-Based Recovery

What to Expect from Nutrition-Based Recovery

You’ve probably heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” This is true, to an extent. The foods we put into our bodies have a direct effect on both mental and physical health. Surprisingly, the term “comfort food” doesn’t actually refer to foods that are healthy and balanced. There are many times in life when stress, anxiety, or depression enables us to turn to unhealthy foods. They’re convenient; they’re inexpensive; they also just taste good.

When people think of addiction recovery, chances are they think of the medical side of things. That is certainly a big part of recovery; long-term substance abuse can wreak havoc on the body, which requires extensive medical care. As you move further along in recovery, you can start to focus on building up healthy habits, one of which includes food choices. At Enlightened Solutions, we use holistic methods as part of our treatment for complete mental and physical health. Proper nutrition goes a long way to restoring bodies that have been deprived of nutrients and proper care during years of drinking or drug use.

By learning how to make better nutrition choices, you have a much better chance of retaining a healthy, sober lifestyle. The healthier you are, the better you will feel, both mentally and physically: so much so that you can learn to stop craving toxic substances. Let’s learn more about how integral good nutrition is to addiction recovery, and what to expect from this treatment method at Enlightened Solutions.

What to Expect: Wellness and Nutrition-Based Recovery

No matter what treatment method is right for you, personalized therapy is available. Nutrition and wellness treatment, however, is done in a group setting. This is because the support that is found in a group environment, as everyone works toward one goal, is critical to the recovery process. After all, everyone has to eat, right? Nutrition groups at Enlightened Solutions allow people to share their experiences and build accountability to stay on track with recovery goals. Once these goals are made known to others, the better chance you have to follow through on them.

In nutrition and wellness groups, holistic and healthy living is one of those goals. No matter where our clients are in their recovery, good nutrition is important at every stage. Everyone is learning how to get rid of the toxic substances that have been habitually put into the body and replace bad habits with healthier ones. Healthy food by itself cannot cure the damage done by substance abuse, but it is true that consuming healthy food promotes clearer thinking, increased energy, and improved health in the long run.

Learning Healthy Nutrition Habits at Enlightened Solutions

Enlightened Solutions has an executive chef on-site who uses only the freshest and organic ingredients for meals. Along with our chef is a certified nutritionist who also assists in preparing menus for our residential clients that target parts of the body in need of healing. Those who have dietary restrictions will find their needs catered to as well.

As nice as it is to have a professional chef prepare your meals, eventually, you will return to your regular life, ready to put the skills you learned here into practice. That includes, among other things, learning how to cook. Nutrition and wellness groups will show you how to choose healthy ingredients, pay attention to portions, and engage in creativity when coming up with recipe ideas. You are doing far more than simply preparing meals, but learning important skills as far as impulse control, patience, responsibility, and more. Food also just tastes better when you know everything that goes into it.

As you work toward your recovery goals, you will learn about how each component of your meals interacts with your body. It is far more effective to create healthy meals for yourself outside of treatment when you understand how your body responds to specific foods. Because our treatment plans are customized to the unique needs of our clients, you can learn which specific nutrients your body is lacking and needs more. With time, you can begin to restore an upset balance by making wiser choices about what goes into your body. Every type of treatment offered at Enlightened Solutions has a built-in lesson about mind and body health, nutrition included.

Understanding the Relationship Between Wellness and Nutrition

Your body needs energy to function, and that energy is found in food. But the right kind of food can produce real energy, rather than a quick burst that wears off fast, making you feel more tired than before. That’s the effect you can expect from artificial, processed “fast” foods. The better you feel on the inside through cultivating good nutrition, the better able you will be to redirect and heal a brain affected by addiction. However, good nutrition alone does not lead to comprehensive wellness; regular exercise and good sleep habits are also important. And guess what? Enlightened Solutions can teach you about those, too.

Health and wellness practices at Enlightened Solutions provide the following benefits:

  • Mindfulness and self-awareness
  • Community and accountability
  • Physical strength
  • Self-control and reduced temptations or cravings
  • An improved ability to follow instructions, as well as take instructions and suggestions for improvement
  • A desire to try new things
  • Learn how to listen to your body
  • Healthy self-care
  • An improved immune system
  • Natural energy that is not dependent on caffeine

There's so much to re-learn when you decide to start a life of recovery: Every unhealthy habit must be replaced with a healthier one. At Enlightened Solutions, we can help get you started on a new, sober lifestyle. We can teach you not only better nutrition habits, but coping mechanisms for life's problems and much more. Our holistic treatment methods have helped many people successfully quit drinking and doing drugs and go on to live full, sober lives. With encouragement and support from our knowledgeable and compassionate staff and the accountability from group therapy, you, too, can start a new life of recovery. Call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to learn more.


The Benefits of Holistic Substance Abuse Treatment

The Benefits of Holistic Substance Abuse Treatment

There are many ways of treating substance abuse, but at Enlightened Solutions, we believe that holistic treatment methods are some of the most comprehensive. This means that the treatment affects the mind, body, and spirit – not just physical health. All of these factors work together for a comprehensive picture of wellness.

In our experience, holistic substance abuse treatment methods show people how to live healthier and happier lives without a need for alcohol or drugs. Holistic treatments also help clients learn skills to deal with triggers or cravings, as well as help repair relationships that were damaged through long-term substance abuse. Additionally, clients can sense a difference in energy levels, sleep, and even anxiety and depression levels.

All of this – and more – is possible with holistic treatment methods.

The Many Types of Holistic Substance Abuse Treatment

No matter what form the treatment takes, the goals of holistic programs are not just recovery, but also to promote building community and fostering self-reflection. These are also vital tools for getting sober.

Enlightened Solutions offers the following options for holistic treatment:

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that helps the body release tension, anxiety, and other negative emotions that perhaps enabled addiction. Through poses that challenge the body’s limits in a healthy way, focused breathing, and opportunities for meditation, yoga has a high success rate for helping clients achieve sobriety goals. The tools learned in yoga facilitate feelings of calm and relaxation while helping develop better impulse control and reducing stress. Many people who practice yoga regularly report decreased anxiety and depression, reducing the temptation to drink or use.

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that many on the Western side of the hemisphere have found helpful in overcoming addiction. An acupuncturist applies special needles to five pressure points on both sides of the ears, which stay for about 45 minutes while clients relax in a comfortable chair. It sounds a bit counter-intuitive – relaxation and stress relief from needles?! – but it’s all about balancing the “yin” and “yang” within us. “Yin” and “yang” is a Chinese philosophy that describes interconnected but opposing forces dwelling in every person.

Acupuncture assists with recovery by promoting better quality sleep, which is vital during the detoxification and withdrawal process. It’s actually not uncommon for clients to fall asleep before their acupuncture is complete.

Additional benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Improved mood during detox
  • Better circulation
  • Increased energy and feelings of happiness
  • Reduced emotional trauma

Art Therapy and Music Therapy

Some of the most complex, unpleasant emotions can drive unique, creative forces. Think of your favorite songs: some of them probably aren’t “happy.” People connect so well to art and music that deal with more difficult aspects of life primarily because these feelings are universal. In the process of recovering from substance abuse, it’s natural to experience inner conflict or sadness as you think of the harm that was caused. Using creative therapies to express these emotions is an extremely effective way to facilitate healing.

At Enlightened Solutions, our primary modes of creative expression are through art and music. Clients can experiment with an array of instruments, canvases, and other artistic tools. Art therapy and music therapy are group activities that include time for processing connections to the art or music after the session is complete. Many people experience an array of emotions through the process of creating, some of which may be difficult to express verbally but come alive through painting or songwriting.

Art therapy and music therapy practices at Enlightened Solutions include:

  • Collage making
  • Drawing and painting
  • Writing short stories or keeping a journal
  • Studying famous works of art
  • Sculpting
  • Writing song lyrics or music
  • Writing poetry
  • Singing

Therapists will observe body language during the creative process, taking careful note of any anxiety or stress that comes up. Many times, people who don’t know how to express their emotions in words are better able to verbally process after spending some time painting or playing an instrument. In addition to facilitating communication skills, clients can begin to understand the connection between addictive behaviors and the emotions that drive them.

Chiropractic Therapy

A critical part of getting sober is being able to listen to the body, letting it tell you what it needs. Long-term addiction can dull this ability to listen. Too often, substances are used as a “quick fix” when the body is communicating signals of a deeper need. In other words, substances can mask feelings of stress or anxiety, but can’t actually cure them. Paying attention to the senses is vital at Enlightened Solutions, rather than masking them.

The average person is likely not aware of just how much tension is carried in the back and spine. Stress and anxiety can indeed affect the body physically. It’s hard to notice sometimes when you’ve been hunched over for a while, tightening your shoulders, or grinding your teeth to a point that your jaw hurts. The spine is connected to all of these functions, which is why chiropractic therapy is helpful.

Chiropractic therapy at Enlightened Solutions involves sessions with a doctor who focuses on the spine to relieve the nerves and other tensions due to years of using drugs and other unhealthy habits. After several sessions of chiropractic therapy, you may feel as if years of tension have just been lifted off your body.

Healing physically is only half the battle of recovering from substance abuse and addiction. The mental and emotional effects are just as important when it comes to healing and achieving sobriety. Enlightened Solutions is a treatment facility that addresses all of those factors in the types of treatments we offer. Our holistic treatment methods target the whole person, with a variety of methods that can suit any personality or need. Whether you heal through art, talk therapy, challenging yourself in yoga, or regular sessions with a chiropractor or acupuncturist, we can customize your treatment based on your unique needs. To learn more, speak with a staff member today by calling (833) 801-LIVE.


How to Know When a Partial Care Program Is Needed

Is a Partial Care Program Right for Me?

Anyone struggling with addiction will need help stopping abusing substances; however, not everyone needs the same kind of help. For those whose condition is not severe enough to require an extended hospital stay or 24/7 rehabilitation, there is a treatment option called partial care. This treatment type is basically how it sounds: addiction care that is part-time rather than full-time.

What exactly does partial care entail? How can you know if this type of care is right for you? Let’s take a look at the factors that help answer these questions.

What a Partial Care Program Entails

Sometimes referred to as a partial hospitalization program (PHP), partial care programs involve highly focused care while at home or at a sober living facility. Less intense than a full-time care program, clients have can set their own hours as is convenient to their schedules. Some people will arrive for care in the morning and leave by the afternoon. Others may have a specialist come to their home during the same time frame to receive their care. Even if it’s not full-time treatment, the quality is the same.

Clients can continue with work, classes, or caring for their families while also working on their sobriety. The part-time model allows them to practice the new coping skills they are learning while out in the real world. The combination of independent living with flexible treatment allows clients to develop healthy confidence, independence, and healthy living habits to sustain long after the partial care ends.

How to Know if a Partial Care Program Is Right for You

Partial care is a great option for those who need help transitioning from a long-term, intensive care program back into their normal pace of life. It is effective for those who are far enough in their treatment to start regaining some independence. Partial care is also recommended for people who cannot commit to full-time care.

Other factors that indicate that you may be a good candidate for partial care include the following:

  • You have completed detoxification and are physically stable
  • You already live in a stable environment that supports your recovery goals
  • You've recently experienced a relapse and need additional help keeping to your sobriety goals
  • You need a flexible treatment program that works with your busy schedule and additional responsibilities

Recommending Partial Care Programs for Clients

Because treatment depends so much on a client’s unique circumstances, the Enlightened Recovery staff will first conduct an intake. This involves a series of questions that will assess biological and psychological factors to better understand the client's needs. Treatment goals and history of addiction, as well as current mental health, are also considered.

If home care is desired, we also conduct an assessment of a client’s current living situation. This is to determine whether the home environment is able to sustain sobriety goals. Clients who come from living situations that enabled substance abuse, or foster codependency, will be recommended partial care at our facility.

Once it is determined that partial care is the appropriate treatment plan, we will recommend meeting with an addiction counselor to discuss the specifics involved. We don’t practice a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment, so every program we offer is expected to be modified as needed. In every form of treatment, we advocate for motivation, small steps toward positive changes, and wellness in every aspect of life.

Treating a condition as complex as addiction means not just rooting for clients to stop drinking or doing drugs (although that is necessary); it involves a complete overhaul of one’s life, undoing and replacing every unhealthy habit with a healthy one. It involves a change in mindset and newly acquired coping skills. All of these things work together to effectively prevent relapse in the future.

Partial Care at Enlightened Solutions

The partial care program at Enlightened Solutions is flexible but effective, utilizing evidence-based and holistic therapies that address the whole person. Mental, emotional, and physical health are all considered part of the comprehensive treatment we offer. We recognize that every person is different, which means that partial care is not uniformly recommended to everyone. Some of the personalized partial care programs we offer include:

  • Therapy for individuals, groups (gender-specific or co-ed), and families
  • 12-Step programs
  • Trauma care
  • Art and music therapy
  • Nutrition and wellness groups
  • Mentorship
  • Spiritual care
  • Mindfulness and meditative practices

As with all forms of treatment, partial care involves a mutual effort on behalf of our clients and staff. This means that we trust our clients will uphold their commitment to avoiding behaviors or activities that may interfere with their care. With this in mind, random drug tests will be periodically administered, as well as regular health assessments during the duration of the treatment. This is a huge reason why we advocate for supportive home environments if clients choose to receive partial care. The accountability that comes from supportive home life is vital to maintaining sobriety goals and successfully completing the treatment.

Deciding which treatment program is right for you, or if you need treatment at all, can be intimidating. The staff at Enlightened Solutions is here to help you make these important decisions. Our customized care has helped many people overcome the struggle of substance abuse and addiction, meet their goals for sobriety, and go on to live healthy, full lives. From medical detox to individual or group counseling, 12-Step programs, healthy eating programs, and much more, all our programs are customized to the unique needs of our clients. To learn more, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE and speak with a member of our staff. Help is here for you – don't wait!


What to Expect in Individual Therapy for Recovery

What to Expect in Individual Therapy for Recovery

Individual and group therapy are two of the treatment programs offered at Enlightened Recovery, a facility that helps people overcome the effects of substance addiction. Individual therapy, in particular, is one form of treatment provided to every client that walks through our doors, regardless of the additional services they seek. These sessions consist of working with a trained and licensed mental health professional – one who understands the science and nuances of addiction and the role it plays in your unique life and circumstances.

Together, you and your therapist will develop a “plan of action" to deal with triggers or cravings outside of the treatment center in a healthy way.

Common Topics Addressed in Individual Therapy

There are no official “rules” about what is addressed in therapy, especially when using techniques that are client-driven. However, it is common to see the following issues raised during individual therapy sessions:

  • Knowledge about the science and psychology of addiction
  • Recognizing and changing codependent habits
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
  • Addressing mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and discussing past traumas that may have influenced addiction
  • Introduction to the 12-Step program

Therapeutic Methods and Models

Individual therapy encompasses a wide range of different techniques and models, depending on whether substance addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring condition, such as depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD, etc.

The following methods and models are used at Enlightened Recovery:

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic method that helps people who are perhaps ambivalent or apathetic find the motivation they need to change their lives. Notably, motivational interviewing does recognize that it is incredibly difficult for some people to find the motivation to change long-term negative behaviors, especially if the reason for that lack of motivation is rooted in depression. However, with motivational interviewing, it is possible to overcome this barrier with the right support.

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered approach that helps an individual find the solutions on their own as much as possible, rather than giving unsolicited advice or other “encouragements” that could feel patronizing. The therapist’s role is essentially to come alongside the client to help them see how they can make necessary changes.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is highly successful and used by many therapists for a variety of issues, including addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, marital problems, and much more. CBT involves redirecting or reframing negative thoughts or behaviors to see changed behaviors and different results. As such, it is highly adaptable to many different issues or ailments.

CBT is guided by core principles, which include:

  • The belief that many psychological issues are based, in part, on negative thinking patterns
  • The belief that many negative circumstances can be changed or avoided by unlearning negative behavior patterns
  • Negative core beliefs about how the self and the world influence negative behaviors (to change behaviors, these negative beliefs must be reframed)
  • People who are struggling mentally can learn healthier coping mechanisms to improve their mental and emotional health

Gestalt Therapy

The word “gestalt” is German and doesn’t have a clear English equivalent. However, it is generally used to mean “whole.” The idea behind this therapeutic technique is to consider the whole person: the body, mind, and emotions, not just the addiction itself. This form of therapy helps clients focus on what is happening in their lives at present, emphasizing the here and now, rather than the past. Gestalt therapy strongly emphasizes the belief that people are influenced and shaped by their present environments.

Rogerian Therapy

Rogerian therapy is an approach that allows the client to direct the course of each session. The therapist may have expert knowledge of psychology and addiction, but the client is the expert on their own life and experiences. By verbally processing the problems, it is common for the client to eventually arrive at their own solution with minimal intervention from the therapist at all.

Solution-Focused Techniques

Change is a natural and expected part of getting sober. In many cases, it requires a complete overhaul of one’s lifestyle habits. Solution-focused techniques are necessary to help clients move closer to achieving their recovery goals. These could be learning healthier coping mechanisms in place of drinking or doing drugs in response to stress. It can also include learning how to eat well and exercise regularly, which plays a vital role in overall wellness.

Individual Therapy with Enlightened Recovery

Every client is matched with a therapist who is both qualified and compatible. We understand that the client/therapist relationship depends on building up a rapport, so it’s paramount that clients feel comfortable disclosing their true feelings and experiences in that space. Whatever additional issues a person struggles with that perhaps fueled or enabled substance abuse, we can find someone who is equipped to understand and guide them.

Therapy appointments are recommended at least once a week, depending on the goals outlined in a client's treatment plan. It’s important for clients to develop a list of goals they want to achieve, both in and out of treatment. A therapist can help each client get started if they struggle to come up with ideas at first.

We believe that having a safe, judgment-free environment is critical for developing the confidence and encouragement needed in order to help clients develop confidence in both themselves and in the future, outside of treatment. No matter how challenging it may seem at first, a healthier life is possible.

Recovering from substance addiction is a hard thing to do on your own. That's why Enlightened Recovery exists: to help people struggling with the abuse of drugs or alcohol get started on the overwhelming process of recovery. Our staff is uniquely equipped to understand the nuances of both addiction and mental health. We understand how both types of conditions often go together, feeding each other in a destructive cycle. If you're struggling with addiction and turn to substances as a form of self-medicating for such things as depression or PTSD, we are here to help. Please reach out to us today at (833) 801-LIVE to learn more about how individual therapy and our other treatment programs can help you. 


How Do I Choose the Best IOP Care?

How Do I Choose the Best IOP Care?

Many people struggling with substance abuse need help to get sober, some more than others. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is for people who require some medical and therapeutic assistance but whose condition is not severe enough to require full-time care. But any kind of rehabilitation process can be intimidating at first. Getting sober isn’t easy, and it can feel overwhelming. An IOP is a good place to start, but how can you know if it’s right for you? What can you expect from this type of outpatient care?

The staff at Enlightened Solutions is here to offer a glimpse into our IOP program to help you answer those questions.

How to Choose the Best IOP Care

One of the great things about Enlightened Solutions is the way we can customize our treatment options to fit the unique needs of each client. By “unique needs,” we are referring to your current physical and mental health status, your history of substance abuse, how far along you are in achieving your sobriety goals, and so on. The staff will want to know whether you are taking any medications for any additional physical and mental health concerns, as this may affect the type of treatment methods used. Your history is kept thoroughly confidential.

If you have successfully finished a medical detoxification process and are physically stable enough not to require full-time care, an IOP may be a good fit for you. The hours per week that you receive care are flexible, depending on your responsibilities in daily life as well as your overall health and progress. Some people require multiple types of therapy, while others may do fine with just one. Others may want to put in a day's worth of treatment once or twice a week, while others may be able to do an hour or so at a time, a few days a week. No matter which treatments you receive, counseling is always available to you.

Choose the Most Appropriate Support

Community is vital for recovering from addiction. For the times when you are struggling to believe in yourself and keep working toward a sobriety goal, having a support network can keep you from giving up – or even relapsing. The people in your network can help remind you that the outcome you’re working toward is worth the present challenges. Whether it’s group therapy or individual therapy (we recommend both), people who are further along in their sobriety journey can share the wisdom they’ve gleaned, as they’ve been right where you currently are.

Some of the support programs we offer include:

  • Codependency groups
  • Anger management and grief groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Body image disorder groups
  • Sober living preparation groups

Learning New Coping Strategies

There are all kinds of reasons people turn to substance abuse. It can be a mix of genetic and environmental factors, making certain groups of people more vulnerable than others. However, our experience is that many people turn to substances as a coping mechanism for life’s challenges, be they tragic circumstances or as a means of self-medicating depression or anxiety.

A critical part of recovery is developing the skills needed to cope in healthy ways that don’t involve healthy substances. This doesn’t look exactly the same for everyone. Some people may benefit from breathing exercises or keeping a recovery journal, while others may need a prescription for antidepressants and regular meetings with a therapist or 12-Step group. Whatever coping strategies work best, Enlightened Solutions specializes in a holistic approach to overall wellness. This includes eating a healthy diet (which you can learn to prepare yourself), getting regular exercise and sleep, developing healthy boundaries, learning new life skills for home and the workplace, and more.

These strategies are meant to be taken with you whenever your treatment ends. Treatment never fully ends when the program does; it’s a lifelong practice to help you build a healthier future. These skills can teach you how to avoid triggers or cope with them if they can’t be avoided. They can also teach you how to stay clean during peak moments of difficulty (perhaps around certain holidays or grief anniversaries) or when you’re alone and bored. Figuring out answers to these questions and developing a plan of action can help keep you on the sober path for the rest of your life.

IOP Care at Enlightened Solutions

There’s no doubt about it: Overcoming addiction is hard, and few people achieve it without taking a few backward steps before successfully moving forward. We are all about progress over perfection. An IOP allows you to address problem areas without judgment in order to live free of chemical dependency in a safe, supportive environment.

Our team is here to offer assistance wherever you need it, helping you connect with people in your community or connect you with resources to start building a new one. Treatment plans are flexible, so in the event that you feel you are not thriving in the one you are currently in, we can make necessary changes to ensure you are getting the care you need.

Our goal is to not only treat the substance addiction itself but to uncover the reasons it developed in the first place. Our approach is all about the whole person, not just physical health. We believe proper health includes mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well. The programs at Enlightened Solutions are geared to help you in those areas.

Getting sober is hard work, but it's a lot easier when you have the right care and emotional support system. Fortunately, Enlightened Solutions offers both. From medical detox, residential, and outpatient care programs, including an IOP, to group and individual therapy, all rooted in a holistic approach to wellness, we have helped many people overcome the effects of addiction. With outpatient care and support, you can achieve sobriety and experience wellness in all aspects of your life. To learn more about our comprehensive, whole-person approach, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with our staff and learn which treatment program is right for you. Sobriety is well within your reach.


Why Detox is Necessary for Recovery

Why Detox Is Necessary for Recovery

Detox is a physically and emotionally strenuous, but ultimately necessary, part of overcoming substance addiction. This is the process of excising the body of harmful substances, which can result in symptoms known as “withdrawal.” Only once this process is complete can a person begin their recovery journey with a clear mind and healthier body.

Let’s explore more specifics of what this process can look like, who needs it, and how it works at Enlightened Recovery – a holistic facility that focuses on sobriety and overall wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Our staff is uniquely equipped to help guide clients during what can be a scary, anxiety-ridden experience, minimizing pain and discomfort as much as possible.

Detox for Addiction: What to Expect

During the detox process, it is extremely important to keep a person safe and as comfortable as possible, even though some discomfort is to be expected. This happens because the body has been used to functioning on a certain dose of alcohol or drugs for so long and needs to “relearn” how to operate without them. A person must reach some level of physical stability before additional treatment can begin.

The body begins to undergo detox when not supplied with the usual amount of drugs or alcohol it’s become accustomed to. One critical reason people choose to detox under medical supervision is so they don’t relapse – if only to make the symptoms stop. This is arguably the hardest part of getting sober, yet it’s the most necessary. In assisted detox, you can rest assured that your physical needs will be met by professional and compassionate staff.

Understanding Withdrawal Symptoms

Detoxification is one of many steps to living substance-free. It is highly recommended to undergo this process under the guidance of a medical professional since it is difficult to know ahead of time how the body will respond to withdrawal symptoms, which can include:

  • Stomach cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle spasms and aches
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Shaking or body tremors
  • Intense sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea

Detoxing under medical supervision can help reduce these effects of withdrawal symptoms while receiving round-the-clock patient care.

When Detox Becomes Necessary

The type of substance being abused is a factor in determining whether medical detox is necessary. Other factors include comprehensive medical history and overall physical health. The duration is also important, as well as other mental health conditions that are present, which is referred to as co-occurring disorder.

Below are some of the most commonly abused substances that require medical detox.

Alcohol

Chronic binge drinking is one of the most common forms of substance abuse. The intensity of effects that alcohol can have on a person depends on their body type, medical history, and whether it has been combined with other medications or drugs. Prolonged addiction to alcohol can cause damage to nerve pathways and brain chemicals, which affect emotions, bodily functions, breathing, and heart rate. Detox helps a person come off the influence of alcohol without going into cardiac arrest or other potentially life-threatening side effects.

Opioids

Opioids include painkillers that are commonly prescribed to patients recovering from surgery. They are effective at masking severe pain but are also very addictive. They can also be overly prescribed to patients, which makes them easy to abuse when not monitored carefully. Coming off of these drugs can result in withdrawal symptoms, as they affect the brain’s natural ability to regulate pain. Medical detox is necessary in order to regulate the neurological response as the drugs leave the system.

Stimulants

Also called amphetamines, this drug is often taken in the form of cocaine but can also be found in caffeine and nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms can last several days to a full week, with side effects of hallucinations and paranoia. Health issues such as high blood pressure or liver disease can affect the severity of these symptoms, especially if the individual has a history of brain injuries or seizures.

The Detox Process at Enlightened Recovery

Enlightened Recovery is a treatment facility that takes both a medical and holistic approach to recovery from substance addiction. We oversee this journey from the point of detox and beyond, cleansing both body and mind of harmful substances.

Our treatment is personalized to each person according to their unique medical and emotional needs. Not everyone experiences substance addiction to the same extent, so the treatments we recommend will take that unique history into account. We believe that medical detox is best for those who have experienced substance addiction for several months or years, as it is the most effective treatment to address the long-term consequences of drugs and alcohol on the body.

Many people come to Enlightened Recovery with co-occurring conditions, such as addiction and depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. For these people, an approach that treats both conditions together rather than separately is most effective. Treating substance abuse separately from mental health can actually have the effect of worsening one or the other. Our staff understands the complexity of co-occurring disorders and is able to provide care accordingly.

In addition to detox, we also tailor treatment plans to include various holistic treatments, therapies, and other tools for recovery. These treatments and therapies include individual and group therapy, mental health care, experiential therapies, nutritional support, and more. We are careful to consider a client's unique goals, preferences, and substance abuse history when recommending additional care.

Detox is difficult, both emotionally and physically. It's one of those moments in life where things have to get worse before they get better. But when things start to get better, they really do get better! At Enlightened Recovery, we have had the honor of helping many people overcome the damaging effects of prolonged substance abuse and go on to live full, sober lives. Our holistic approach focuses on the whole person, including mental and emotional health, in addition to physical health. Our treatment recommendations are tailored to the unique needs of the people in our care. To learn more, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE and speak to a member of our staff.


How Can I Overcome My Fear of Detox?

How Can I Overcome My Fear of Detox?

Being afraid of detox – often the first step in addiction treatment – is common and understandable. You may have heard horror stories about withdrawal symptoms from others. However, detoxification is an essential part of treating addiction and the first step on the road to recovery. Like other fears, the thought of detox is much scarier than the reality of it.

You are at a crossroads. If your fear of detox stops you from finding treatment, take a moment to pause. The first step to addressing your fear is to learn about detoxification and the reality of the symptoms and experience of it. Doing your own research can be helpful, but speaking with a mental health care professional can also be beneficial. They can help you address your concerns and take the right next step.

The Reality of Detox

Drugs and alcohol produce pleasurable effects. They tap into your brain's rewards system, which tells you to repeatedly seek out and use these substances. However, over time, the effects of these substances lessen significantly, resulting in a need to take more of a specific substance to continue to feel normal. Addiction impacts your chemical signals and changes what you prioritize in your life. As you continue to use drugs or alcohol, it becomes as normal to your body as breathing.

Due to this, when you stop using drugs or alcohol, your body reacts to the change. Detox is the process of eliminating harmful substances from your body and the start of reversing these changes. This process is vital to treatment as it ends the physical dependence on the substance or substances. The impact of drugs and alcohol on the body and brain makes detox crucial for long-term recovery. Eliminating the small amounts of these substances in your system allows for a full reset – a clean slate that you can then move forward from and into recovery.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol leads to withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them. Symptoms of withdrawal vary for each person and depend on several factors. The amount of time a person has used a specific substance plays a role in the number of changes that have occurred in the body and brain. Therefore, those who have used drugs longer will generally have more severe withdrawal symptoms. However, this is not always the case, as symptoms are impacted by other factors, too, such as age, physical and psychological characteristics, and what substances were being used.

Common Withdrawl Symptoms

Common symptoms of withdrawal included the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Temporary depression
  • Anxiety
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Cravings
  • Nausea
  • Tremoring
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Runny nose
  • Goosebumps

Again, the symptoms and their severity will vary for each person. While some will experience the entire range, others may only have a few symptoms during withdrawal.

Length of Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms can last for as little as a few days or may continue for weeks. Once the symptoms subside, it's essential to continue treatment to address other aspects of addiction and develop tools to live a sober life.

Benefits of Detox

Detox serves as the first step to addressing your addiction. As a set of interventions that aim to manage acute intoxication and withdrawal symptoms, it is the first phase of treatment. The value of detoxing lies in the understanding that true dependence on drugs and alcohol is due to physical changes that have occurred in the body. When you detox, you eliminate all of these toxins. Once you get through the withdrawal symptoms, you are free to make different choices.

While it is only the first step in treatment, it is an important one. The Washington Circle Group, a body of addiction experts, states that while detoxing is not designed to resolve addiction completely, it is a vital step. These experts say that detoxification prepares a client for later success and initiates the physical stability needed for improved health.

Medically Supervised Detox

As a result of the withdrawal symptoms, medically supervised detox is the safest route. During medically supervised detox, individualized care is given to clients to help them manage their specific withdrawal symptoms. It is designed to keep clients safe and as comfortable as possible while their body processes the changes that result in detoxification.

In addiction treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. At Enlightened Solutions, we treat each client who walks through our door according to their specific needs. Our medically supervised detox program takes multiple factors into account, including the following:

  • Type of drugs or alcohol
  • Length of time
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Mental health concerns or disorders
  • Recovery goals

We believe in treating the entire person in all of our programs. Our medically supervised detox program can help to set you up for a successful recovery.

Being afraid of the detox process is common. However, it's important to understand it as a vital step in addiction treatment. At Enlightened Solutions, we ensure our clients are prepared for the symptoms of withdrawal. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable, medically supervised detox will keep you safe while you take the first step toward recovery. We find that detox provides a clean slate for you to build the next blocks of treatment on. If you are interested in learning more about our medically supervised detox program or other treatment options, we want to talk with you. Call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with a staff member about how we can assist you in your recovery goals. 


How Group Learning During Treatment Benefits Recovery

How Group Learning During Treatment Benefits Recovery

Many treatment methods have been proven to treat substance addiction successfully. These methods can be a combination of mental and physical health treatments, as substance abuse affects both the body and brain. One successful treatment involves group learning, in which one or more facilitators lead a group of clients, perhaps anywhere from five to 15 people, to discuss their sobriety journeys with one another.

This may seem intimidating on its face, but it’s a similar model that sobriety groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs use and have seen great success from. For people who are afraid of upsetting close friends and relatives or may experience a good deal of judgment for this particular struggle, it can actually be easier to share with strangers than people they actually know. In group settings like these, there is no prior reputation to uphold; it’s already a given that everyone is there for the same reason. One thing is certain: These people understand how hard it is. They understand at a personal level that few others can.

Many group sessions are organized around an issue that is common to group members, regardless of age, sex, background, etc. These topics can range from dealing with stress or loneliness in healthy ways to building self-confidence and developing a sense of self-awareness and humility. The support that is built in group learning is different than what you would experience when meeting with a therapist one-on-one (though that is also helpful for many people).

The Benefits of Group Learning for Sobriety

There are many causes of addiction; scientists believe it’s a combination of environmental factors and genetics. Whatever it was for you, there is likely another person (or two, or three, or more) in a group whose addiction has similar roots. Knowing you aren’t the only person to experience trauma, depression, grief, or family members who also use drugs or alcohol can help make it easier to open up about your own struggle. You may not feel comfortable speaking up at first, but you never know what you might say that makes another group member feel seen and less alone.

Additional benefits of group learning include:

A Supportive Network

People need communal support to thrive, with or without an addiction problem. But in the process of recovery, it’s essential. It can be hard to find that particular support in one’s own family or friend group, but a group learning environment at a treatment center is full of people working towards the same goal. Having a support network can also show you how to effectively communicate your needs and learn to ask for help when you need it. The fear of asking for help often keeps addiction hidden and enables it to thrive. But asking for help can break the spell of secrecy and shame.

Feeling Connected

Group therapy probably isn’t the first place one would think to go to make new friends, but it happens. People who have been through the same depths can often bond for life. When you have a solid connection to others, you also develop a strong connection to yourself by recognizing your own strengths. Connecting to others in group learning can help provide a greater sense of purpose after you leave the recovery program and start a new sober life.

Getting Beyond Your Comfort Zone

This is arguably one of the hardest parts of group learning activities and therapies, especially for introverted personalities. But seeking help for addiction is already a hard, uncomfortable process. This is a place where it’s safe and encouraged to take emotional risks. Communicating your struggles with a group can make it less intimidating to advocate for yourself outside of the group – that is, asking for help or support when you need it. Communicating fears, traumas, and other emotional stressors can become easier with time and deepen your relationships with others going through similar things.

However, while there is a lot of overlap in experiences in group settings, no two people are exactly alike. Exposure to different perspectives and stories is part of how we grow into more well-rounded, compassionate people.

Learning New Skills

Part of rewiring a brain that’s been damaged by long-term substance use involves learning new cognitive and behavioral skills. This can look like replacing unhealthy behavior patterns with healthier ones and learning better coping mechanisms. One benefit of learning these skills in a group setting is that it allows you to practice them with others. Interacting with others can help inspire new ways of thinking and interacting with the world around you.

Group settings can also allow for feedback, both to you and to others. When your self-image is distorted, learning new skills in a group can increase self-awareness. It is essential to improve how we live and interact with others before reinitiating ourselves into the world outside the treatment facility.

Learn From Others at Enlightened Solutions

At Enlightened Solutions, we offer a variety of group learning activities to help our clients heal and cope. Some groups are gender-specific, while others are co-ed to enhance learning from those who differ from us. We also offer nutrition groups, family therapy, and more.

Many people might feel strange about doing group learning activities while in recovery simply because addiction is such a personal thing. However, you may find (as many of our clients have) that group learning allows everyone to learn from and encourage one another. At Enlightened Solutions, we firmly believe that it takes a community and a strong support network to fully recover from substance addiction. This community not only encourages you during challenges to sobriety but can also help hold you accountable and remind you why you are pursuing sobriety in the first place. To learn more about the treatment programs we offer, contact Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.


How Do I Choose the Right Treatment Program?

How Do I Choose the Right Treatment Program?

Addiction is a challenging yet treatable disease. Research has found many methods that can help people stop using drugs and live healthy and sober lives. Of these methods, one of the most crucial is to find effective treatment that fits your needs. Spending time choosing a treatment program that is right for you is well worth it, as you are more likely to get the help you need to be delivered in a way that you connect with.

Choosing the best treatment program for you can seem daunting, but luckily, there are many different options out there. They vary in the types of therapy they offer, what they specialize in, cost, location, and other factors. These are all aspects of a treatment program you should consider when exploring the right treatment program for you.

Identifying What You Need From a Treatment Program

The first step to identifying the right treatment program for you is to determine what you need out of it, recognizing what substances, behaviors, and mental health disorders you are looking to find treatment for. For example, if you need treatment for addiction and a co-occurring mental health disorder, you will want to look for a program that includes dual-diagnosis care.

You also need to explore different treatment approaches and which of them you think will work for you. It can be challenging to figure this out, but speaking with a mental health care provider can help you to identify your needs better if this is something you are struggling with.

Treatment Program Options

Addiction treatment programs include different options. Below, we will discuss what aspect of a treatment program to ask about and consider when deciding on a program.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

Addiction treatment generally comes in two forms – inpatient programs and outpatient programs. An inpatient program offers live-in care as you receive treatment; this often includes a medical detox that initiates the treatment process. Outpatient programs require you to live at home as you go to a treatment center to receive services during the day.

Each of these options has a place in treatment and recovery. Inpatient programs are generally suggested for those entering treatment for the first time. However, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) is beneficial for individuals concerned about relapse or who have recently relapsed.

Treatment Specialties

Every treatment center has certain types of addiction they treat and methods of treatment. For example, some treatment facilities only offer treatment for alcohol addiction.

Specialties can also include the approach of the treatment center. For example, at Enlightened Solutions, we specialize in holistic addiction treatment. This means that our treatment options are centered around treating the whole person. Due to this specialty, we include organic food, exercise programs, and stress management skills in our treatment programs.

Treatments and Therapies Available

Different types of therapies and treatments will be more effective for you than others. If you do not know what is or will be most effective for you, that's okay. The first step is reading about the types of treatments available for addiction and learning what is offered within the programs you are looking into.

Treatment options often include some of the following:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Different types of group therapy
  • Learning life skills
  • Therapy for specific mental health disorders
  • Detox

Speaking with a mental health care professional at a treatment facility can help you decide. Such a conversation will be two-sided and informative. They will ask you questions that help them – and you – learn if the specific treatment program is well-suited for your individual needs.

Location of the Treatment Program

The location of a treatment program is also essential. However, this is a preference that will vary for each person. Some may want to stay close to family and friends, while others may desire and benefit from treatment far from home and in a different environment.

Length of the Treatment Program

Treatment facilities often offer multiple options regarding the length of treatment. Standard program lengths are 30, 60, or 90 days. An ideal length of a program will vary depending on your needs. The cost, amount of time available, and need for detox can all play into your decision.

Again, speaking with a provider will help you to determine what is best for your needs in terms of length of stay. They will be able to help you understand the benefits and downsides of different program lengths.

Price of Services

The cost of addiction treatment is an important factor when considering different programs. Asking the facility what options are available and the cost of different programs will help you to learn if they will work for you.

Many treatment programs take insurance and will verify if your insurance company will cover your treatment if you inquire about it. This is a great option to look into and can make treatment affordable.

Treatment programs vary in price, length, location, and more. Finding the right program that fits your needs will help you to be more successful in your recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we offer holistic treatment options that address mental health and substance use disorders. Our specialty is treating each client as a whole person. We help our clients learn life skills through treatment so they can return to their everyday lives with a foundation to build a sober life. If you are searching for the best treatment option for you, we can help. Call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with a staff member about our program and if it is the right fit for you.