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.


Can I Be Too Confident in Recovery?

Can I Be Too Confident in Recovery?

Building confidence in recovery is key to your long-term success. Recovery is a process of change. Not only are you abstaining from drugs or alcohol, but you are making adjustments to many parts of your life. As you build new habits, confidence gives you the courage to continue forward and try new things. Feeling confident can be wonderful; however, too much confidence can be problematic.

What Does It Look Like to Be Confident in Recovery?

Being confident in recovery will look different for each individual, but it is often a feeling of self-assuredness in your ability to remain sober. In recovery, this often looks like taking each step forward with conviction and belief. Commonly this means trying new things, making adjustments, or reaching out for help when needed.

So, if a person appears to be confident, they must feel confident, right? Not exactly. While a person may look self-assured on the outside, it does not always feel like that on the inside. In recovery, you will need to make many changes that often feel uncomfortable. This can range from long-needed conversations with family to addressing very painful traumas. Confidence in recovery can feel different for each person, and it is normal to have times when you aren't sure. There are steps you can take when and if you feel like you lack confidence during your recovery journey. Reaching out to a trusted facility, mental health care professionals, or a peer group can help you rediscover your self-confidence.

Value of Being Confident in Recovery

Feeling confident requires self-esteem. Self-esteem is the understanding of oneself, their ability to succeed, and their value. At Enlightened Solutions, we believe in treating the entire person. This includes helping clients to overcome low self-esteem. As clients improve their self-esteem, they start believing in their ability to change and live sober lives.

Research published in 2011 shows us the value of self-esteem in addiction recovery. Researchers have found that those involved with addiction have lower self-esteem and that improving confidence helped individuals to decrease their tendency toward addiction. Being confident is essential in recovery. It allows you to be assertive and take the steps you need to take as you make changes in your life.

Overconfidence: The Pink Cloud Effect

While it is essential to build confidence, there is such a thing as too much confidence in recovery. This is known as the "pink cloud effect" or the "pink cloud phase" in recovery. It is the feeling like you have conquered addiction. Associated with the pink cloud effect is the belief that you are "cured" of addiction – without any more work to do. Signs of the pink cloud include the following:

  • Overly energetic
  • Euphoric
  • Assuming there will be no addiction-related issues in the future
  • Wildly optimistic look on your recovery
  • Unconcerned about relapse

Dangers of Overconfidence

The pink cloud effect in recovery may feel great, but it has many downsides. Research has shown that overconfident people underestimate their addiction and their self-control. This distorted view of self and ability can lead you to believe that you no longer need to maintain the changes which you have made to stay sober.

However, the lifestyle changes and support networks you built are important to maintaining sobriety. Due to these changes, being overconfident can lead to complementary behaviors, which, in turn, often lead to relapse. It is essential to recognize the pink cloud in recovery and reach out for help as needed.

Owning Your Recovery

While it is a delicate balance, you can find ways to feel confident without becoming overconfident. Recovery is a long journey, and there will be many ups and downs. Enjoying feeling confident is okay. However, remember that your feelings of confidence may change over time. The pink cloud can pass quickly and leave you feeling discouraged.

Having a plan for support, regardless of your confidence, is one way to strike a balance. This means setting up a schedule and routine that provides a structure for you and helps you succeed in recovery. Remember that it's your recovery; finding what works for you is the most important thing.

Another way to own your recovery and avoid overconfidence is to practice honesty. While it is easy to say, being honest and aware of yourself is challenging and a skill that takes practice. In treatment and beyond, you can practice this skill by taking time to reflect. Sharing your feelings and getting feedback can also help get an outside perspective of your actions.

You can gain knowledge of yourself through peer support groups or working with a mental health professional. They can help you to feel confident in your ability to succeed and help to keep you level-headed. Understand that recovery is a journey that you will continue to grow through. However, you are capable of making the changes you want to make.

Being confident when coming out of treatment is vital to recovery success. It helps you to know that you can make the changes that you need to make as you adjust to a sober life. However, there is such a thing as overconfidence in recovery. The pink cloud of recovery is named for its feelings of elation, as if addiction can not ever touch you again. At Enlightened Solutions, we help our clients learn skills in order to be successful in recovery after they leave treatment. Clients learn awareness, self-care skills, and improved communication methods. We believe that every client deserves care that meets their individual needs. To learn more, call us at (833) 801-LIVE today. 


New Mental Health Crisis Hotline - 988 - Set to Launch

New national suicide and mental health emergency hotline launches July 16th, 2022

Beginning Saturday, July 16th, 2022, people experiencing mental health emergencies can dial just three numbers to reach help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The line will be referred to as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, to emphasize that the service is for people experiencing a mental health crisis of any kind, not just those involving suicidal ideation.

This is not a new service, but rather a simpler way to access the critical support they might need during a mental health crisis. Anyone in the United States can text or call 988 to reach trained counselors who can help them cope with a mental health emergency, and direct them to additional resources for mental health and substance use treatment.

The Lifeline’s old number will continue to work, but the launch of the new service brings with it more help and resources to be able to help with suicide crisis as well as emotional distress and general mental health concerns.

“If you’re unsure, call,” said Dr. Robert Trestman, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing. “Having an anonymous opportunity to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about, who won’t be scared when you say, ‘I don’t know what to do, I’m thinking of hurting myself’ — this is an extraordinary option,” Dr. Trestman said.

When a person calls 988, they will first be connected to one of 200 local centers to help connect them to community resources or dispatch emergency services if necessary. However, not every state has set up local crisis teams that can respond to a mental health emergency, in which case callers will be automatically directed to a national backup center.

Now everyone, all over the country, can reach a counselor simply by calling 988.

Counselors will talk through the root of someone’s distress — whether it stems from illness, job loss, family stresses, or any other issue. They will help callers create concrete next steps to take after they hang up, including thinking through who else they can turn to for help, like a trusted clergy member or a local therapist.

Calls are anonymous, but in an emergency, such as if the caller requires medical attention, 988 can collaborate with local police or hospitals to dispatch services.

Why is the new number so important?

Tragically, suicide rates are on the rise in many states and it leaves a lasting impact on families and communities. Over the last 10 years, the suicide death rate has increased nearly 35% making it the 12th-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2020 alone, 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million made a plan and 1.2 million attempted suicide in the past year.

What can family and loved ones do to help?

The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is going to be an important tool for those in crisis. Families, however, oftentimes see their children or relatives struggling well before the point of crisis. They could be struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and other disorders. Enlightened Solutions is here to help.

Enlightened Solutions offers those suffering with mental health and addiction issues a place where they can learn more about their struggle, find the support of others going through similar experiences, and make the necessary changes to their lives so that they can live well. Our integrated whole-person approach goes beyond just the symptoms to address underlying mental health conditions and the root causes of the issues and addictions. Give Enlightened solutions a call today at (833) 801-LIVE.


Benefits of Holistic Healing

Benefits of Holistic Healing

What does holistic mean, anyway? The term "holistic" refers to the whole person. This means addressing the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of someone as part of their lifestyle or, in this case, treatment experience. Think of it as a mind-body-spirit approach.

Someone who lives a holistic lifestyle sees the big picture. Instead of focusing on one area of weakness or striving to improve just one portion of their life, those who live holistically focus on all areas of wellness. For example, someone with a holistic lifestyle may begin their day by meditating, and they may follow a strictly organic diet. Holistic living can include prioritizing therapy or forms of self-care. Living a holistic lifestyle is not a one-size-fits-all practice. What is important is incorporating things that benefit the overall health and well-being of the whole person.

What Are Holistic Treatment Modalities?

Holistic treatment modalities can be beneficial to those experiencing a variety of ailments. When it comes to addiction treatment and recovery, holistic healing can be especially advantageous. Substance abuse impacts so many things. Addiction takes a huge toll on the physical body, impacting organ function, appetite, and immunity. Substance use also can induce mental health challenges by increasing stress and anxiety, symptoms of depression, and impacting sleep patterns. Addiction often results in loss or strained social and emotional relationships and can leave someone feeling disconnected or lost spiritually.

A holistic approach to treatment allows a person to address the disease from every angle and ensure healing in each of the above-mentioned areas. Poor physical health results in poor mental health. Poor spiritual health results in poor emotional health. Poor emotional health can lead to poor physical health. Do you see a pattern emerging? By understanding that each of these dimensions of wellness directly affects the others, a whole-person approach to healing and health can be implemented.

Examples of Holistic Treatment Modalities

Holistic healing can encompass many different forms of therapy and experiences. Some may be offered in a group setting, while others may be more intimate. A few examples of holistic treatments can include art therapy, music therapy, chiropractic, yoga and meditation, and nutrient-rich organic food. While each of these treatment methods may serve a different purpose, all work together to improve the health and well-being of the whole person.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is used in many different settings and can help heal those struggling with various challenges. This form of therapy encourages self-expression through painting, drawing, or other art forms and can be helpful in processing and understanding feelings and emotions. Sometimes, words can be difficult to use when it comes to processing grief, trauma, or even addiction. Art therapy provides an outlet for expression and promotes processing tough things in a freeing and non-verbal way.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is another treatment method used to release, process, or understand feelings and emotions. Music has a way of helping people connect and remember and can sometimes serve as a calming technique when needed. A music therapy session could involve singing, listening to music, or even playing an instrument. Music therapy can be used to improve social skills, coordination, and motor function, along with helping many with self-expression.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care uses a mind and body approach to help heal. People tend to store tension, stress, and anxiety in their bodies resulting in stiff or sore muscles, headaches, etc. Chiropractic therapy can help release these negative emotions by targeting specific areas of need. For those who experience chronic pain, chiropractic care can sometimes be a healthy alternative to opioids.

Yoga and Meditation

Practicing yoga and meditation can benefit anyone. The physical practice of yoga has many advantages, such as reduced stress, better digestion, increased strength, and so on. Meditation allows for connecting with one's inner self. During treatment and throughout recovery, the ability to self-reflect and self-regulate is incredibly important. Yoga and meditation encourage a mind and body connection that is invaluable throughout the journey to recovery.

Organic Food

Eating organic, nutrient-rich food is an excellent way to boost your immunity and ensure your physical body is at its best. In addition, a healthy diet can be beneficial to mental health by balancing mood, improving focus, and encouraging good sleep.

Each of these treatment modalities addresses and improves various parts of the whole person. When combined, all areas are restored. By choosing holistic treatment for addiction, healing from the inside out can be possible. Making more whole-person-focused lifestyle changes can not only be beneficial during treatment but can also make for a longer, healthier, and happier life throughout recovery.

Holistic living is something that is becoming more recognized and practiced in today’s society – and for good reason. Treating the whole person is always a good idea, regardless of the issue. When it comes to addiction, holistic treatment is the best practice. Substance abuse affects physical health, mental health, socialization, emotional well-being and regulation, and spiritual health. By addressing each of these areas, recovery is not only more attainable but becomes more sustainable with the lifestyle changes adopted during treatment. Enlightened Solutions utilizes various holistic treatment modalities and teaches clients to make long-lasting lifestyle changes to best support them in recovery. We develop an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs, making alterations as you progress through treatment to ensure your success. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, give Enlightened solutions a call today at (833) 801-LIVE.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Addiction

In the early 70s, acupuncture was first used in addiction recovery to reduce the stress addicts were experiencing during recovery, while simultaneously reducing addiction cravings. The addiction community’s work in the 70s was later combined with the traditional methods of Chinese medicine, focusing on management of chronic pain, to create the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). This association established the guidelines for building a successful practice of acupuncture based on specific pressure points localized in the ear. Enlightened Solutions has embraced this complementary therapy to broaden our spectrum of holistic treatments in serving individuals with substance use disorders.

Alternative methods such as acupuncture build upon the hope that recovery from addictive substances and behaviors is possible. Clients experiencing detox, withdrawal, and post-acute withdrawal symptoms often feel discomfort and have difficulty sleeping. The introduction of acupuncture during this critical initial step of recovery, we can dramatically assist reducing cravings and some of the strong withdrawal symptoms, as well as reduce feelings of distress. Additionally, acupuncture can help induce complete relaxation. During acupuncture sessions, many therapists observe clients becoming so relaxed they often fall asleep. In the beginning stages of recovery, sleep deprivation is one of the more common complaints, therefore, complete relaxation is beneficial.

How Acupuncture Works

Studying the ancient art of Chinese medicine, we look to the balance of nature to bring that Yin and Yang into ourselves. Acupuncture clicks into the lack of Yin within us, and those with addiction suffer from this imbalance in addition to the many other aspects that we address in treatments. It’s theorized that the more out of balance we are with the Yin and Yang, the more our need to abuse substances is substantially increased. During acupuncture treatments, each client will sit back comfortably in a chair and treatment will begin. The acupuncturist will apply needles to five pressure points on both sides of the ears in a process that takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

What are the five points we focus on in acupuncture for addiction?

The NADA concentrates on five points in the ear as they connect to the central systems that react in stress responses, or those related to the sympathetic nervous system. Targeting these five points will reduce the overactive responses to anxiety and extreme stress that create this need for addiction.

  1. Autonomic Point: A small needle inserted into this pressure point will relax your nerves and calm your system.
  2. Shen Men: This is where we connect with your spirit to relieve any anxiety and nervous responses. Addiction creates chronic anxiety and stress reactions.
  3. Kidney Point: The kidney is vital to your system, so we use this point to promote healing of your organs as well as complete serenity.
  4. Liver Point: Your liver is responsible for removing harsh toxins from the body and purifying your blood. In detox or shortly after, we use this point to support this purification and to calm mood swings, anger, aggression, and aggravation.
  5. Lung Point: In mindfulness and meditation exercises, we focus on the breath and how it moves through the body. This point will help increase the strength of your breath and cleanse the body with extra oxygen; for those holding fast to loss and grief from that loss, this will help them achieve peace.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Relaxation
  • Inner peace
  • Mindfulness
  • Improved sleep
  • Lessens mood changes during detox
  • Reduced cravings
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved mood, happiness, and joy
  • Promotes energy
  • Relief
  • Calms emotional trauma
  • Allows people to let go of their emotional distress

Acupuncture increases your body’s production of endorphins. As an alternative to relying on drugs for this escalation, you can rediscover your body’s ability to be happy naturally. Acupuncture treatments usually occur every few weeks, depending if clients adopt them as relaxing and a beneficial addition to their treatment. We are lucky at Enlightened Solutions to employ Erica Dice as our in-house acupuncturist. Erica worked at a detoxification clinic in the South Bronx and was specially trained to treat individuals struggling with addiction 833-801-LIVE.

Call Enlightened Solutions at to find balance in your Yin and Yang, and curb your post-detox addiction cravings. These alternative treatments in combination with our variety of holistic offerings can make natural recovery possible.


Brainspotting

Brainspotting is a brain-body-based therapy that was developed in 2003 by Dr. David Grand. Brainspotting is not the first or only brain-based therapy of its kind, as Dr. Grand originally developed the modality using insights gained from his extensive EMDR work and knowledge in other somatic approaches.

At Enlightened Solutions, we opt to use brainspotting due to its flexible and client centered approach. Additionally, brainspotting has been shown to be less likely to over-stimulate the client while processing emotionally charged material. Through the use of a visual access point, often combined with “biolateral” sound, brainspotting allows the therapist to assist the client in addressing unprocessed trauma in a much deeper way than traditional talk therapy. Brainspotting can also be used to address a number of psychological and somatic issues and is not just used for trauma alone.

Dr. Grand describes brainspotting as a “Brain-body-mindfulness-based-relational therapy”. What this means is that this method is focused around several main points: the connection between brain and body, our ability to mindfully experience and process our emotions and sensations, and the relational aspect between therapist and client that occurs on a deep, neurobiological level.

When individuals experience a trauma, the processing capacity of the brain is overwhelmed. This results in aspects of the experience (feelings, beliefs, sensations) becoming stuck, encapsulated, and unprocessed in the subcortex of our brains. This is the area of the brain responsible for our emotions, our survival responses, and our physical sensations. In this part of the brain there is no language and no sense of time. This helps to explain why many trauma survivors have difficulty processing and resolving the impact through talk therapy and continue to experience distressing effects long after the trauma has occurred. Brainspotting allows the client to process these experiences in a safe and contained manner without necessarily needing to “talk about it”.

Through the use of a visual access point, or a “brainspot” which directly correlates to the encapsulated trauma, this therapy is able to circumvent the conscious and “thinking” parts of our brains that can normally interfere with access to the emotional parts. Through brainspotting we learn to bring awareness to our inner experience gradually, while remaining within our safe window of tolerance in a supportive, therapeutic environment.

Brainspotting also uses what is referred to as “dual attunement”, referring to the two types of attunement involved. First is attunement on the neurobiological level. Secondly, is attunement experienced at a relational level between therapist and client. For the majority of people that come into treatment, learning to regulate emotions and physiological experiences has been severely interrupted by use of substances as well as external and often traumatic experiences. Safety is something many may not have experienced in a long time, if ever. Brainspotting helps to re-wire this disconnected system. As babies, we all look to learn how to regulate our autonomic nervous systems through relationships with our caregivers. However, there are many things that can occur that cause interruptions in learning to effectively regulate. Through dual attunement in brainspotting, the clinician aids the client in regaining and rebuilding this ability.

In a study following individuals impacted by the traumatic events at Sandy Hook comparing 16 different treatment approaches, brainspotting was found to be the most effective therapy.

A core belief of this therapy is that our brains have the capacity to heal, it is a matter of learning how to harness and access this ability through the support of a trained clinician. We are resilient at our core. Brainspotting allows the therapist to help the client tap into this resiliency and create positive and permanent change at a deep level. To learn more, contact us today.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic care works on the imbalance in our bodies that addiction creates. There is a sensory distortion in addiction where the addict’s brain is unable to accurately receive and relay information, because the substance acts as a roadblock to any real physical or emotional expression. The addictive brain has been trained to think it is only functional with the help of this substance, and this dependence causes the addict to fall deeper into depression and isolation, losing all sense of independence, responsibility, and grounding in the real world. Drugs and alcohol damage the brain, poison the body and cripple emotional connections.

Spiritual and Emotional Well-Being Through the Spine

Concerns that need to be addressed when fighting an addiction are first and foremost an individual’s health, but also their spiritual and emotional well-being. The more we poison the body, the further away we are from finding the peace and joy that should naturally course through our being. At Enlightened Solutions, we offer services that re-engage the senses, helping addicts reconnect with their emotions, spiritual needs, and full consciousness. When we combine traditional and alternative therapies into one central focus – recovery – the mind and body are cleansed, allowing the sensory experiences to flow back into the individual one day at a time.

When battling addiction after the initial detox, we start to feel again, and through mindfulness teaching, we learn to listen to our bodies. This mind-body connection is important for our clients addicted to pain medications, opiates, and alcohol, which are typically abused because the addict wants to dull their feeling and emotional and physical pain. In our various treatments at Enlightened Solutions, instead of dulling our senses, we pay close attention to them, focusing on how to manage pain and helping the body find comfort in a natural, organic way.

The back and spine carry so much tension and stress – both physically and as a result of emotional difficulties, as well as the metaphorical weight our shoulders carry from guilt, fear, anxiety, and depression. The spine dictates much of our prolonged feelings of discomfort and our predisposition to addiction relapse, and chiropractic care helps those in recovery invigorate their physical and spiritual balance by working with the spine and associated muscles. During chiropractic care sessions with Dr. Greenberg, he works with the body’s sensors, our nerves, as the chiropractic treatment focuses on the spine, reducing the years of tensions we’ve built, and helping us restore the range of motion we’ve lost due to inactivity, eating poorly, and the abundance of toxic substances we’ve abused our bodies with.

Addictions are no longer needed when we learn to cultivate the positive and share this love with our support team. To heal, we must forgive ourselves for the past and focus on what happens at this moment. You can live without the heavy burden of a joyless life if you discard of what’s holding you back—addiction. Call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE to learn more about our Equine Therapy sessions and how we can help you.


Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy in History and Culture

Out of all the experiential therapy offered in addiction treatment, Equine Therapy is one of the most advanced and intuitive treatments you’ll find in recovery. Equine Therapy is a treatment that uses horses as co-therapists in treating patients suffering from the emotional and mental imbalance that feeds their addiction. At Enlightened Solutions, we are one of the few recovery centers to integrate this experience into methods of traditional talk and group therapies. Equine Therapy is known to be used as early as the 1940s in Europe, but it is thought to have even been used by Ancient Greeks and later, documented in 17th century literature as a cure for a variety of ailments, helping those in need of stress reduction and to ease, ’outside influences that could taint the spirit.’ Looking at the cultural evidence and the impact of these magnificent animals, equines of all types have helped with addiction and mental health for centuries.

Emotional Connections and Increase in Communication

For our clients, holistic and creative experiences present possibilities – seeing beauty in recovery and their life in sobriety. Incorporating these alternative treatments into the healing space, we have researched and practiced a variety of methods with the potential to increase mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. The connection we share with animals increases the ability we have as individuals to further understand our behaviors and emotions as we interact with nonverbal life forms and learn to communicate through feeling. Our clients participate in exercises that drive communication, understanding, and being present in the moment. Addiction is heavily entrenched in past thoughts that weigh us down, but our 12 step philosophies tell us simply to acknowledge and move forward. We must be present in the now and forgive ourselves for our past if we’re ever to move on toward happiness, comfort, and love.

How do we do Equine Therapy in New Jersey at Enlightened Solutions?

At Enlightened Solutions, Equine Therapy is a practice rooted in emotional connection and reflection. Our horses are gentle creatures that are comfortable around humans and are known to soothe stress and anxiety, as well as reduce the feelings of guilt and depression deep within each addict we treat. Your equine therapist and the horse you work with will help you get accustomed to interacting with a nonverbal animal. Many clients lack experiences with horses, so before we begin equine therapy, we prepare each client with what to expect when they enter the stables. Horses are attuned to our emotions and any energy we exude, so whatever you feel, these horses will pick up on it. For clients that have a difficulty understanding or verbalizing feelings, working with equines offers emotional mirroring and the opportunity to help unpack the heaviness in your heart so that you can examine it.

Benefits of Equine Therapy:

  • One-on-one sessions
  • Positivity exercises
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Cultivating inner peace
  • Experiencing positive nonverbal communication
  • Understanding emotions
  • Experiencing what it feels like to be present
  • Learning to gauge our emotions and how those emotions affect others
  • Finding happiness in recovery
  • Reducing stress, anxiety, and feelings of guilt
  • Shedding the need for substances

No one wants to upset a horse – they’re sweet and noble, which is why this treatment works. Our clients want to emulate the feelings these horses give off. Horses only know how to live in the present moment, so they’re aware of everything that happens around them. They are peaceful, calm, and strong, which appeals to our clients that are working to build confidence and a mindful lifestyle for themselves. As you work with these horses, you will learn how to balance your emotions and to discard those that only hinder your progress. Recovery is about letting go of the things that no longer serve your purpose so that you are able to live a happy and healthy life.

Many of our clients working on their 12 step program and mindful practices find that they cherish the time they spend with these animals and learn how to communicate love to the animal. The lesson of putting positive emotions out in the world comes through in these equine therapy sessions, because we are rewarded with peaceful and comforting experiences. The joy that we cultivate as we bond with our horses shows us that that same joy is possible in our life with family, friends and our intimate relationships. Contact Enlightened Solutions in New Jersey today to learn more!

Addictions are no longer needed when we learn to cultivate the positive and share this love with our support team. To heal, we must forgive ourselves for the past and focus on what happens at this moment. You can live without the heavy burden of a joyless life if you discard of what’s holding you back—addiction. Call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE to learn more about our Equine Therapy sessions and how we can help you.


Family Constellation Therapy

The Philosophy Behind Family Constellation Therapy

There are a variety of factors in our lives that can create obstacles for us or predispose us to particular problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. When speaking with clients about drug addiction and particular behaviors or traumas, it’s common to hear about genetic inheritance and learned behaviors that run in families. Even if there’s not someone in our immediate family that struggles with addiction, if we follow the thread of family connections through the generations, we often find that the stem of the problem began in behaviors from years ago.

Origin of Family Constellation Therapy

Family Constellation Therapy originates from the teachings of a German therapist and missionary, Bert Hellinger. Hellinger found that what dictates those feelings, traumas, and behaviors come from deep rooted connections within our family, whether immediate or farther back in our history. In addiction treatment, this critical assembling means we’re not alone in our struggles, as others have had similar experiences. At Enlightened Solutions, we don’t remove responsibility for your addiction, but we do realize that it may have roots that affected your emotional development unknowingly. As we identify having a spiritual connections to others in our family that may be toxic or damaging, we recognize that in truly healing, we have to discover the origin of the problem to understand how it affects us today.

How is Family Constellation Therapy Practiced?

In therapy at Enlightened Solutions, we have a specially trained Family Constellation therapist that conducts group treatments implementing the idea of family connection. We are often emotionally weighted down by something internal, and while some folks can pinpoint that specific family dynamic and situation, others need to explore their relationships further to unearth the root of their troubles. Family Constellation Therapy helps us to feel the energy of these family connections in a group setting. These groups are larger, so that the client participating in this treatment can trust their instinct and choose “stand-ins” from those present to represent specific family members.

At the center of the room, a circle of these surrogates is created, which we call a family constellation. In this constellation, the stand-in representatives are asked to listen to the family history or short description of the issue at hand; they are then directed to describe the energy they feel or anything that comes to mind about the connection between the family member they represent and the focal family member. Group members don’t know each other or participants’ family background until that moment in treatment, so every perspective is fresh and unbiased. No actual family is present, which removes any stresses related to sharing or working out sensitive issues concerning those particular family members.

Total Mind, Body, Spirit Healing

During these Family Constellation Therapy group sessions, we talk through your concerns and feelings with these stand-in members; you may feel layers of stress and burden lift from your chest. Whether its emerging through the origins of your need to use, or your predisposition to depression, whatever you’re trying to unpack is a form of complete healing. This exploration of human emotion is therapeutic because we’re allowed to explore everything we feel and the burdens we’ve carried from generations of family sadness, secrets, and miscommunication. Not only that, but when we focus on one particular family constellation, each member can begin to feel this total body healing, and through the experiences and insights of others, they will understand more about themselves and their own family constellation.

In these sessions, we are also allowed to exercise one of the 12 step philosophies, which states that we need to be of service to others – another healing mechanism in itself, as we maintain full engagement in our practice. When we feel these intimate connections with other souls, we feel grounded and open to love, wellness, and emotional cleansing. We can let go of the heaviness surrounding our substance abuse and the distress that comes with it. We teach the importance of communication in addiction treatment, something that we lose as we isolate and allow substances to consume our mind. We learn to connect by opening our hearts, baring our souls, and expressing our internal struggle with others in comparable situations. Communication is a huge step in recovery, healing from the inside out and letting go of what no longer serves us.

Call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE to learn more about our family constellation therapy sessions and how we can help you break the cycle of addiction.


Healing Through Art & Music

Art and Music Heal the Soul

Art and music as therapy was used as far back as 1789, though it wasn’t developed as a clinical profession until around the 1940s. It was initially used for patients with mental health conditions, helping them to work through and express how they felt internally so that they could describe their struggle to psychotherapists. The use of art therapy for treatment of substance abuse began in the 1950s, and music therapy followed in the 1970s. Not every recovery center uses these alternative therapies, but in our quest to heal the whole self in recovery, we’ve found that the integration of art and music therapy is beneficial for our clients. Our holistic healing space integrates art and music therapy as a stress relieving modality that works for those struggling with addiction, PTSD, grief, loss, and anger management.

Creativity works differently deep within every soul. The main reasons people connect with art and music are often the strong emotions that can be unlocked, and the memories and associations that are called up when a song plays, or when you let your creativity flow. In addiction recovery at Enlightened Solutions, our mission is to bring joy into your life – joy that you can call on at any time as you navigate your sober lifestyle.

Healing through art and music happens through inspiration and engagement. With that in mind, our Art and Music Therapists work with specific groups of our clients, allowing them first to experiment with an assortment of artistic mediums and musical instruments as conduits for self-expression. After these art and music group sessions, the group will process their feelings and why they connected to their artwork or piece of music. As we navigate through these artistic sessions, we discuss each emotion that emerges, whether it’s something surprising or something we have difficulty verbalizing.

Our clients will work on the following creative projects:

  • Painting
  • Creating collages
  • Drawing
  • Writing short stories or journaling
  • Reading
  • Analyzing famous pieces of art
  • Sculpture
  • Music lessons
  • Writing music
  • Singing
  • Writing poetry

As our clients participate in these art and music sessions, the therapist will observe body language to notice stress, anxiety, sadness, or frustration. Once each creative session is complete, clients share their experiences and talk through the connection between what you’ve created and what you’re feeling. Music and art therapy help people develop and increase communication skills as they transition through complex emotions to gain understanding and articulate the complicated connection between their emotional state and addiction behaviors.

A common reason why people relapse after a period of sobriety is the inability in managing stress levels. Writing, as well as listening to or creating music can be a wonderful therapeutic stress release. Finding what you enjoy can also help alleviate boredom, which can be a relapse trigger for those in early recovery. Listening to music or creating a piece of art occupies your mind with healthy pursuits as it encourages participation in healthy leisure activities with a non-chemical using focus.

Benefits of Art and Music Therapy:

  • Reduces emotional stress
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves communication
  • Increases mindfulness
  • Invigorates the spirit
  • Improves the immune system response for healing and emotional wellness
  • Increases engagement in meditative practice
  • Reduces muscle tension and physical pain responses
  • Eases feelings of isolation, loneliness, and boredom
  • Inspires people and builds confidence
  • Improves concentration and emotional focus
  • Opens your soul to creative enrichment and recovery

Each piece of creative work you construct in these sessions is a tangible reminder you can cherish long after treatment at Enlightened Solutions is complete. The relationships and memories we nourish here are precious, and our clients remember their time with us fondly. Our very own Jennifer Hansen has a collage she created in rehab that hangs proudly in our Enlightened Solutions office as a reminder of the beauty we find in recovery. Many of our clients say that they’ve uncovered a new passion for artistic creation that brings them hope and joy each day.

Through years of experience with the positive effects of art and music therapy, we believe these are important factors that support healing and relapse prevention. Call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-LIVE to find our more about art and music therapy.