Our Program

Our program consists of three levels of treatment designed to ease the client back into everyday life. We offer:

What We Do

The treatment team at Enlightened Solutions is acutely attuned to the challenges faced by a recovering addict, and provides compassionate therapy in a comfortable, soothing environment. When it comes to treating a disease as complex and all-encompassing as addiction, we know that therapies specially designed to heal the spirit are just as important as traditional medical and psychological modalities. Our multidisciplinary and holistic approach utilizes a wide variety of treatments and solutions, ranging from the clinical to the spiritual, all of which foster empathy, human connection, and inner peace.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Our experience at Enlightened Solutions has taught us that our clients flourish best in an environment of support and respect, where they can make healthy choices and are responsible for the outcomes of those choices. We meet the clients where they are in the process of change, addressing their individual needs and personal concerns.

Our approach, while different from many traditional programs, is valued by the many substance abuse treatment centers who actively refer their clients to us for ongoing treatment, because our program builds on our client’s previous recovery work in powerful ways. As we support our clients in continuing and deepening their use of 12-Step sponsorship, meetings, and step work, we encourage them to broaden their focus to explore how they are creating every aspect of their lives, and take responsibility for building a life of personal empowerment and fulfillment.

We provide clients with the safety, support, and experiences to explore complications that may arise, and discover their own path to recovery. Many clients discover co-occurring disorders, destructive character patterns, skills deficits, and life management issues that seriously compromise their sobriety, safety, health, and sense of belonging, connection, and self-actualization. When these underlying issues are addressed, our clients discover that they have not only uncovered their recovery – they have uncovered a sense of spiritual meaning, purpose, belonging, and personal fulfillment that transforms their entire lives.

12-Step Philosophy

The 12 steps are widely known, even outside the world of recovery. They are often the first thing that comes to mind when “addiction recovery” is mentioned; they are widely recognized as a method of treatment with a long history and a widespread inclusive community. But there are also misconceptions about the 12 steps. To some, they seem too traditional or old-fashioned. Others might think the steps are too focused on religion or too narrow in scope. But the 12 steps are not meant to be so literal — the principles and philosophies behind this model of recovery are more important than the steps themselves, and at Enlightened Solutions, we encourage an open-minded approach while upholding the steps’ central purpose.

As you learn more about substance use disorders during treatment at Enlightened Solutions, you will become familiar with the 12 steps and with 12 step philosophy. We not only believe that there is much to be learned from the steps and their mission, but we also want to set our clients up for success in the long run and give them a long-term recovery community through 12 step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

What Do the 12 Steps Do for Us in Recovery?

When we talk about the 12 steps during treatment, we use them as guidelines for being well-rounded, present, and respectful toward all those we come into contact with, in our treatment program and beyond. We also use them as a means of learning to set and achieve our goals and to remember what it feels like to accomplish a productive, healthy task. The steps build on each other as we share our teachings and life skills for future use. It’s important to take the time to visualize the benefits of each step in the 12 steps and to recognize when we are ready to advance to the next level. We have created a network of resources for each client to draw from in every aspect of their recovery, and long after their treatment is completed.

In addition, while we don’t stress any particular belief in religion at Enlightened Solutions, we do encourage spirituality as an outlet for stress relief and comfort — no matter what spirituality may mean to you. The 12 steps allow each person to explore this and to discover their own “higher power.” We always ask that everyone respect the individual beliefs of every person in treatment here at Enlightened Solutions. Above all, we share a common goal of changing our lives for the better, holistically.

What Are the 12 Steps?

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

This step is a challenge; it requires humility and self-awareness that addiction often takes away. While it only requires one moment to commit to and accomplish this step, it can take many months or years before an individual reaches a tipping point and sees the truth of their situation.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Addiction cannot be accomplished on your own. It requires faith and trust, and a purpose to life other than staying alive day to day. This step is about finding a higher power and meaning, whether that is a religious power or an abstract force; this is essential to believing that recovery is possible.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

We must learn to accept our own human limitations and put our lives in the hands of our higher power. This step encourages us to recognize our humanity, flaws and all, so we can let go of the things that are holding us back from achieving sobriety and fulfillment.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Self-awareness and self-critique lead to self-improvement. This step helps us become unafraid to look deeply into ourselves and recognize and admit our weaknesses so we can learn how to improve upon them. This step is often best accompanied by individual talk therapy, so your counselor can guide your process.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

It is one thing to have a sense in your own mind that you are not perfect, but it is another to say it aloud. Step 5 teaches us to overcome addiction and to move forward in life, through becoming comfortable admitting when you are wrong or when you have caused harm to others.

6. We're entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Part of recovering from addiction is understanding that your life is beyond your control. With this step, you can let go of the stress and pressure of trying to overcome your problems on your own. Then, you make room for something beyond yourself to take over and guide you.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

We are only human, but we can strive to be the best version of ourselves. With faith in a higher power, we can believe that it is possible to improve upon our flaws — this step allows us to work toward becoming our best sober selves.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

This step offers a concrete exercise that is immensely helpful in a therapeutic setting. As you come to terms with your addiction and the way it has shaped your life, you can also see how it has affected those around you. Naming these individuals and accepting that our actions have consequences for others is an essential realization in the recovery process.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Holding on to guilt or blame causes more subconscious distress than we realize, and it leads to a buildup of negativity in our lives that holds us back and drags us down. In this step, you go through the process of apologizing or admitting your faults to those you have hurt to provide an emotional release for both yourself and those with whom you make amends.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Understanding that you are only human is not a one-time realization. It is a lifelong change in the way you view yourself. This step leads to regular check-ins with yourself to understand where you have made progress and where you still need to work on being the best person possible.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Trust in your higher power will give you the ability to feel like you are working toward a greater purpose in life. When you are struggling with addiction, you feel lost, and you lack the motivation to move forward — but with this step, you can feel driven and empowered again.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The final step is an invitation to a lifelong journey of recovery. After completing the steps, it becomes your mission to uphold the philosophies of the 12 steps in your life and to share them with others as a mentor, sponsor or friend.

The 12 Steps Help Us To:

  • Recognize there is an issue we need to address
  • Understand that we need help when things get out of hand
  • Instill the belief in ourselves that we can overcome substance use disorder
  • Remain mindful of our spiritual needs and take comfort in a higher power, whatever that may be
  • Realize we have autonomy and can move toward happiness, joy, and fulfillment each day with each practice
  • Take stock of everything we’ve done in our life, both good and bad, to realize who we are and how to be better in the future
  • Discern right from wrong and to be mindful of how far we’ve come or need to go
  • Realize we have our own power and are supported by others who share in the recovery process
  • Realize that we can change
  • Develop the strength to admit our faults
  • Understand the strength in getting to know ourselves intimately and how mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude can help us achieve wellness and recovery
  • Trust ourselves to keep the promises we have made to ourselves, friends, and family

Our Foundation in the 12 Steps

The principles of our foundation are steps one, two, and three. What these say is that we surrender, but know that we’re not alone. We’re not going to preach these to our clients, but we will teach something along these lines that will give them the strength and confidence they need to succeed in their recovery. We’ll ask the basic questions, and have you answer them internally as you move through each treatment modality. Visualizing your strength and confidence in yourself helps you understand and prepare for the road ahead, including any obstacles you might encounter.

You don’t need to memorize the steps as we teach the philosophies behind them, but we can go over them with you in individual therapy if you wish. Taking care of your own hygiene and implementing a healthy lifestyle is another part of this philosophy – that we first care for ourselves internally, working our way out from the inside to connect with others. Blending the philosophy in each of the 12 steps with our recovery treatments brings out inner peace, harmony, and balance. Thinking back to our Enlightened Solutions logo and the symbols that come together in the Yin and Yang, the koi fish, and chakras, we strive to bring peace to all that are suffering from substance use disorder. Working these humanitarian ideals into our treatments allows us to ease the inner battle surrounding the mental health conditions, emotional distress and physical illnesses that stem from dependency on drugs and alcohol.

Closing out the past is necessary, and we cannot move forward unless we know where to go. To learn more about our philosophy surrounding the 12 steps and how we integrate them into specific treatments or activities, please contact Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-5483.

Co-Occurring Diagnosis

For many years, it was standard practice in recovery to work solely on the addiction. Men and women entered treatment for substance abuse and received care that focused only on physical sobriety and a personal commitment to a substance-free lifestyle. While these methods were effective for many, the lack of attention for mental health treatments proved problematic for others. Living independently with an untreated mental illness left many thousands of individuals vulnerable to relapse — flare-ups of depression, anxiety, trauma disorders or otherwise would make it impossible to enact the healthy coping mechanisms learned in addiction treatment. Yet there were no facilities available that addressed both addiction and mental health concerns simultaneously, and the understanding of the connection between substance abuse and mental illness was limited.

The recovery and addiction treatment community saw this lack of alignment in patients’ care. The industry standard shifted: many programs decided to offer fully integrated treatment plans that combined mental health and substance abuse recovery, addressing the needs of individuals with multiple concerns. As the popularity and efficacy of these programs rose, experts gave the all-too-common phenomenon of addiction alongside a mental health concern its own category: co-occurring disorders, or a dual diagnosis.

Today’s addiction treatment landscape considers mental health an integral component of recovery. Our knowledge of the connection between the mind and the body has grown exponentially, and we now know that addiction and mental health are deeply intertwined. Whether you are experiencing mental health symptoms as a result of addiction; whether your mental health concerns led you to abuse substances to self-medicate; or whether your mental health and addiction share a different relationship — treatment for co-occurring disorders can help you heal more fully and give you a head start toward a sober life without relapse.

Enlightened Solutions is proud to provide expert care for dual diagnosis patients in New Jersey. Our holistic approach, highly trained staff and individualized treatment plans ensure that every client gets exactly the care they need to achieve lifelong recovery and fulfillment. Contact us today at 833-801-5483 to find out if our programs are right for you or your loved one.

What is a Co-Occurring Diagnosis?

A co-occurring diagnosis means that when a client comes in for addiction treatment, we also do a complete mental health assessment to see what other conditions are present.

This is one of the most important things we can screen for when welcoming a new client to Enlightened Solutions. As a recovery program dedicated to providing personalized, holistic care, we are deeply committed to identifying exactly what each person needs from treatment. Mental health is an essential aspect of what makes every individual’s experience with substance abuse different – neglecting it prevents us from understanding how a person’s mental health has influenced and may continue to influence their addiction. We cannot truly succeed in our treatments for addiction recovery when unaddressed mental illness could be adding to a person’s compulsive substance use.

Our staff includes licensed mental health experts who are fully equipped to provide evaluations, mental health counseling and treatment for co-occurring disorders. We also offer connections to exceptional community resources, including local counselors, psychiatrists and support groups, so our clients can continue to maintain their mental health after completing treatment with us. We recognize co-occurring diagnoses as serious, ongoing health issues that require long-term management, and we ensure that every client has the tools they need to stay sober and psychologically well for life.

Who Do Co-Occurring Disorders Affect?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 45 percent of Americans who have a substance use disorder also have a secondary mental health diagnosis. This number may not include individuals who have an undiagnosed mental health disorder, or who are abusing substances but have not been diagnosed with addiction.

In New Jersey specifically, approximately 25 percent of individuals discharged from an addiction treatment program also have a mental health disorder. Another 10 percent are at risk for mental health disorders with a history of physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. These statistics (from a 2017 survey by the New Jersey Department of Health) do not include state residents who struggle with co-occurring disorders but have not sought treatment for either addiction or mental health.

Given the close relationship between mental health and addiction, these high percentages are not surprising. In fact, mental health concerns and addiction share several risk factors. These can include:

  • A family history of mental illness or substance abuse
  • Childhood neglect or abuse
  • Trauma, such as experiences with sexual assault, combat or disaster
  • Stressors like bereavement, financial difficulty, burnout or strained relationships with loved ones

Many individuals find themselves dealing with a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, and they turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms. In other cases, substance abuse disrupts brain activity and causes or worsens mental health concerns. These twin problems go hand-in-hand for individuals of all ages, genders and walks of life — they are widespread and can affect anyone. If you are worried that you or your loved one may be experiencing co-occurring disorders, it’s essential to seek a professional evaluation to find out what kind of treatment they need to get well again.

Co-Occurring Treatment Benefits:

  • Reduces stress and co-occurring anxieties
  • Improves physiological health conditions with mental health and holistic care
  • Treats both mental illness and addiction conditions
  • Helps people stabilize their lives and sustain healthy habits
  • Treats all conditions for life-long sober living
  • Supports dual treatment efforts as therapists and counselors work side by side
  • Increases mind, body and spiritual health

Co-Occurring Diagnosis Allows for Custom Treatment Plans

Our method of including mental health management in our addiction treatment programs attracts complex clients, and at Enlightened Solutions, we love the challenge. There will never be two clients who are completely alike, or two people who have the same addiction and paired mental health disorder; people are not built this way, and neither is our program. When a client exhibits certain personality traits based on who they are outside of addiction and the mental health aspect, we use those traits to customize treatments so that we can connect spiritually with that person. We likewise use the unique interplay between a dual diagnosis client’s mental illness and addiction to identify and fulfill their needs in recovery.

Each client’s treatment plan is informed by their experience with addiction and their accompanying mental health concerns. For example, dual diagnosis clients may:

  • Be exposed to different types of therapy geared toward trauma or anxiety
  • Be placed in a group therapy session with other dual diagnosis clients with depression or bipolar disorder
  • Participate in one-on-one therapy that includes in-depth discussion of a codependent relationship
  • Be connected with long-term resources for eating disorder support

Our mental health treatments are fully integrated into our addiction recovery programming. As a result, individuals who have a dual diagnosis will not necessarily need to spend more time in treatment, despite the higher complexity of their cases. However, our treatment program is always open-ended and we do not put hard limits on how much time an individual will spend with Enlightened Solutions. We understand that addiction and mental illness are both chronic concerns, so we approach treatment with our clients’ long-term wellness in mind.

Holistic Care and Co-Occurring Conditions

Enlightened Solutions is all about working holistically with the whole person, beginning with cleansing the body and then working to train the mind in both wellness and understanding about what we really need in life to be happy without drugs and alcohol. We also work to understand the processes of the brain in mental health conditions, and why our brains produce specific chemicals to create this imbalance.

These educational components are just the beginning of our approach for dual diagnosis clients. We provide a specialized dual diagnosis track that includes targeted mental health therapies for a variety of concerns, including:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Codependency
  • Body Image Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Grief/Loss

Our highly trained therapists are experienced in providing several types of clinical therapies, such as:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • The Seeking Safety model of trauma treatment
  • Equine Therapy
  • Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

Our modalities are proven to be effective for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Additionally, Enlightened Solutions does offer medication prescriptions as a part of our treatment, should a client require this type of care.

Dual Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health is Important

It’s important that we share this practice of a co-occurring diagnosis and the dual treatment efforts of addiction and mental health conditions. More than half of those treated for substance abuse are known to have mental health conditions; if we don’t start integrating this type of co-occurring treatment, then these individuals suffering from both will only be caught in a cyclical attempt at unsuccessful recovery. If we don’t work with addicts that have mental health conditions, many of them won’t find a way to live the healthy and happy lives they hope for. Call Enlightened Solutions now at 833-801-5483 and talk to someone or fill out a form to get help for you and your loved ones.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Track at Enlightened Solutions

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specific modality of therapy developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. Dr. Linehan originally developed DBT to treat people struggling with chronic suicidality and self-harm behaviors. Since its creation, DBT has also been shown to be evidenced-based and highly effective in treating a range of issues including complex trauma, borderline personality disorder, chronic suicidality, self-harm behavior, eating disorders, substance use disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, and chronic emotional dysregulation.

DBT emphasizes the importance of learning and building new skill sets in order to address these issues and work toward “a life worth living”. DBT is a behavioral approach that focuses on targeting these problematic behaviors and building ways to change them.

DBT also takes the stance of understanding dialectics. A dialectic is when two things that are seemingly opposite can exist at the same time and find a synthesis. Many people with substance use disorders struggle with what is referred to as “dichotomous” or “black and white” thinking. Learning to understand and adopt a dialect stance helps us to stop fighting and being pulled between these opposite poles of thought.

DBT assumes that we act out on unhealthy and destructive behaviors as a maladaptive means of coping. Often times these behaviors do give us relief in the short-term but have serious long-term consequences, such as with substance use.

“DBT assumes that clients are doing the best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors” 1

There are four skill sets taught in DBT. These are

1. Mindfulness:

Simply put, being aware and in the present non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is something we can practice anytime, anywhere. There are formal and more informal ways to practice mindfulness. Start out by just bringing awareness to where you are right now and what is happening both internally and externally.

2. Distress Tolerance:

Learning how to tolerate painful and upsetting experiences. In recovery, we are going to experience pain and difficult times. These skills help us to learn how to cope through these situations, without acting out on destructive or ineffective behaviors as we normally would.

3. Interpersonal Effectiveness:

Learning how to have healthier relationships with others, while maintaining self-respect and getting your needs met. Setting healthy limits and maintaining them can be challenging in all relationships. We need specific skills to begin to communicate more effectively.

4. Emotional Regulation:

Learning to change the emotions you would like to change. As human beings, we experience a range of emotions. These skills teach us how to respond to an emotional experience more effectively and change the ineffective response patterns we have relied on previously.

At Enlightened Solutions, skills are taught through specific DBT skills group. Clients committed to engaging in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy attend skills groups twice per week and will learn four new skills each week. Homework assignments will be given to help apply and reinforce the application of these new skills. Clients on the DBT track will also be assigned to a primary therapist training in DBT, who will work to reinforce these change strategies.

DBT used four modes/pillars in order to support clients in change. They are:

  • Skills training group
  • Individual Therapy
  • Phone Coaching- (24/7 support available for coaching on the use of skills in difficult times)
  • Consultation Team- (for clinicians on the treatment team to reinforce adherence to the model)

Enlightened Solutions clinical staff members have engaged in what is referred to as “foundational” DBT training.

Enlightened Solutions DBT track is “DBT adherent”, meaning rather than offering aspects of DBT sporadically into treatment, we incorporate the full, evidenced-based model, into all aspects of a client’s treatment.

1.behaviortech.org. Copyright 2017 Behavioral Tech.

Understanding Healthy Boundaries

Our therapists and counselors work alongside families to help them communicate successfully with one another and to focus on a future full of joy and well-being. We meet with families in group sessions and individual therapy to help define their roles as individuals and as a unit. Families learn to support each other and live constructively — if we know our role and responsibilities within our family, we can then release unnecessary stress and focus on our own personal journey towards total wellness. Each family member will need to set boundaries with their recovering loved one and understand it’s okay to do so. In turn, addicts will discover where they have crossed the line and created problems, and learn to engage positively with their family.

We believe that families that heal together are healthy and happy. Success is achieved with a strong support system behind you, and who better to share your journey to sobriety than your loved ones.

Contact Enlightened Solutions in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey today at 833-801-5483 to learn about our family visitation days and the types of therapies available to you.

Family Program

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is an emotional challenge unlike any other. You will deal with times of frustration, confusion and helplessness; you may feel heartbroken, angry and guilty; you may worry about your loved one and feel pushed away. The list goes on. If you’re in this situation, it will come as no surprise to you that addiction experts consider substance abuse a family disease — a condition that is knitted into the fabric of generations of family relationships. Addiction adversely affects existing family bonds as well as growing relationships and those yet to exist. It shapes the way family members interact with each other, and the way the next generation will grow up and live their lives.

As a family member, though, you do not need to sit by and watch this happen. Too many people have the misconception that when a loved one is suffering from addiction, they are the person who needs to change their ways to fix broken family dynamics. The truth of the matter is that everyone involved has something they need to work on individually — everyone takes part in recovering from addiction, whether it is learning to provide constructive support or dealing with your own emotional struggles.

At Enlightened Solutions, we want to involve family members and important loved ones in the healing process. We provide family therapy and counseling services to help our clients’ loved ones rebuild a healthy family unit — one that has the ability and understanding necessary to support the individual in recovery through their life of sobriety, and is ready to repair the relationships damaged by addiction. We also work to protect family members from further harm by talking about strong, appropriate boundaries and clear, effective communication.

Enlightened Solution’s family program is offered alongside our addiction treatment services in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area. If your loved one needs help with addiction, we can not only help them detox their body and mind from substances, but also teach them to interact with others while exploring the reasons behind their feelings and behaviors. If your loved one is seeking treatment with us, please contact us to learn more about how we can guide your family through the recovery process. We are here to help.

About Our Family Program

Upon admission into our programs, we assess each client’s situation and determine which services they will need during their treatment. The family program is frequently recommended, since most of our clients have family members or loved ones who are involved in their daily life — whether they are spouses, parents, siblings, housemates or otherwise. If deemed appropriate, family programming will be integrated into the client’s treatment plan.

The family program consists of regularly scheduled family therapy and counseling sessions, which include educational sessions, individual therapy and group therapy guided by our staff counselors. Some sessions will be geared toward family members alone, and some will encourage interaction between the individual in addiction treatment and the loved ones participating in the family program. Family therapy and counseling sessions will be provided throughout the client’s time in our program, which can range from several weeks to several months. We will work with you to determine a schedule that will not interrupt your daily life, though we do ask families to be willing to carve out time to help their loved one in recovery.

Below is a full outline of what our family program offers our clients and their loved ones:

Weekly family visitation on Saturdays from 11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Visiting with family members provides our clients a connection to the outside world and helps family members see first-hand the progress that their loved one is making in treatment. We want these visitation hours to be positive and productive, so we do work closely with clients and family members beforehand. We ensure that clients are comfortable seeing their visitors and that family members are aware of what to expect before they arrive. To qualify for visitation, family members require preapproval by the client’s clinical team and must participate in weekly family psychoeducation sessions.

  • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. as a group
  • Visit from 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Loved one must be approved clinically for visitation
  • In order to visit with a patient, you must sit through a 1-hour psychoeducational family support group which discusses:
    • Overview of the program
    • A weekly update of what’s happened clinically
    • in the last week
    • Learn about Enlightened Recovery
    • Learn about holistic services
    • Q&A from a trained clinician
    • Support from other families
    • Opportunity to learn how to meet your loved one where they’re at and support them here and now

Opportunity for family sessions while your loved one is engaged in treatment

Family therapy sessions form a key component of our family therapy program. These sessions are led by a member of our clinical team and help family members work through the ways in which their loved one’s addiction has affected them. Family therapy may involve discussions of how family dynamics have shifted since substance abuse began or psychoeducation about addiction and addiction treatment, or may be a space where family members can share their own thoughts and worries as recovery progresses.

  • In-person
  • Process sensitive unresolved family dynamics
  • Gain insight into the disease of addiction
  • In a setting with a primary therapist

Weekly telecommunication with the primary therapist

Each client at Enlightened Solutions works closely with one primary therapist, who also serves as the family’s point of contact about their loved one’s progress. The therapist keeps close track of the client’s progress and provides weekly reports to designated family members. While participation in our in-person family programming is exceptionally beneficial, we understand that not everyone can travel or take the time to attend every session. These weekly check-ins ensure that family members can still stay updated on and included in the recovery process even when they cannot visit face to face.

  • Initial touchpoint with the family occurs the day their loved one arrives with an intake coordinator
  • Within the week, a primary therapist introduces themselves and provides contact information and an overview of what to expect
  • Weekly contact for updates

Active engagement with family members during and after treatment

Family is a huge part of treatment and we are proud to serve as a resource for family members both during their loved one’s treatment and after their loved one enters lifelong recovery. Our doors are always open to our alumni and their families — as a community-oriented recovery center, we welcome participation in our ongoing programs for alumni, their families and community members. These services help our clients’ families maintain a support network of their own and stay engaged in their loved one’s recovery process for life.

  • Monthly alumni activities
  • Support group meetings
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Open mic nights

The topics discussed and covered in our family program can include:

Understanding addiction and mental health conditions

It’s essential that everyone involved is aware that addiction and co-occurring disorders are not a choice or anyone’s fault. They are diagnosable mental health concerns that require treatment and management, just like a chronic physical illness.

Defining healthy boundaries with family members and understanding enabling

Family members often mean well and want to keep their loved one safe, but they may end up enabling an addiction by giving their loved one a place to stay or lending them money. It’s essential to set appropriate boundaries so that the affected individual can learn to be independent.

Defining roles in a family

Too often we see one or two family members who take on the burden of caring for or keeping track of an addicted loved one. This can be overwhelming and may result in guilt and blame. By setting clear roles, families can set reasonable responsibilities and share them appropriately.

How to work with someone in recovery

Addiction breaks trust and confidence in an addicted individual’s abilities may be very low. It’s important to find a balance between being patient as they acclimate to daily life and showing them that you believe they can perform the duties expected of them.

How to respect and care for themselves

Family members may sacrifice their own well-being to keep their loved one out of trouble, but this only serves to worsen the situation over time. Everyone involved must be able to know their own limits and recognize when it is healthier to put themselves first.

Understanding individual needs and the needs of the family unit

Dealing with codependency

Understanding addiction and mental health conditions

Codependent relationships are incredibly common in the face of addiction. Loved ones may unquestionably provide support for their addicted family member because they hope that their affection or assistance will convince them to stop using drugs or alcohol. This unhealthy behavior pattern always needs to be addressed and worked through before recovery long-term can be successful.

How to stick to the rules of sobriety

Both the affected individual and their loved ones must create and adhere to rules after recovery. This helps establish clear lines between what is and is not appropriate on both sides and provides structure to future family dynamics.

Understanding the Disease of Addiction

Family members often forget themselves when their loved one struggles with addiction. They forget about what they need in life to be happy as an individual and learn to close themselves off from joy. These family members are consumed by embarrassment, anger, fear, and worry without the ability to process these emotions in a healthy way. They learn to take on responsibilities that are not their own, and leave their feelings unexpressed or express them at inappropriate times.

We teach family members to recognize that they are people with needs and lives of their own and that they need to remember to take care of themselves. Addiction takes over the individual experiencing it, and it’s a compulsive mental condition that has to be worked on as a holistic engagement of the mind, body, and spirit. Only the person in treatment can make the final decision to succeed in recovery or to continue abusing substances. Educating our client’s families on the specifics of their loved one’s addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions will help them understand what they go through each day, and what the future may look like. Once an addict has agreed to work on their addiction, we can educate family members about the phases of treatment for substance abuse, and what things the family can focus on at home to create a positive and supportive environment.

Understanding Healthy Boundaries

Our therapists and counselors work alongside families to help them communicate successfully with one another and to focus on a future full of joy and well-being. We meet with families in group sessions and individual therapy to help define their roles as individuals and as a unit. Families learn to support each other and live constructively — if we know our role and responsibilities within our family, we can then release unnecessary stress and focus on our own personal journey towards total wellness. Each family member will need to set boundaries with their recovering loved one and understand it’s okay to do so. In turn, addicts will discover where they have crossed the line and created problems, and learn to engage positively with their family.

We believe that families that heal together are healthy and happy. Success is achieved with a strong support system behind you, and who better to share your journey to sobriety than your loved ones.

Contact Enlightened Solutions in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey today at 833-801-5483 to learn about our family visitation days and the types of therapies available to you.

Gender Specific & Coed Groups

There are many resources available that support the theory that both women and men benefit from separation in recovery, at least for the majority of treatments. Specific interpersonal issues and concerns with temperament all factored into our decision to create these private spaces for men and women to share their experiences in a setting that is most comfortable for them.

We know that women and men respond differently to certain kinds of treatments, and we also make sure to assign therapy groups to gender-specific leaders, providing an atmosphere of comfort and trust for each client. To that end, treatment with Enlightened Solutions is at times separated into gender specific groups, but our model also includes coed group therapy sessions.

Why do women and men benefit from gender-specific recovery treatments?

The Stress of Upholding Gender Roles

So, what’s the purpose of treating men and women separately in recovery when they’re all there for the same reason? The truth is that although they may all suffer from addiction and have similar experiences, they don’t succumb to addiction because of the same issues, nor do they experience the world in the same way. Men differ from women in many ways that often begin with the societal view of their perceived gender roles. When you add the stress of society’s assumptions regarding what men and women are expected to do or be into the recovery equation, combining genders in group therapy isn’t always the best avenue for building the initial safe space or fundamental trust we need to get through to the person who is struggling with substance use disorder.

Many times, the issue for men is that they’re constantly expected to bear the weight of the world on their shoulders, taking care of their families financially, and handling it all calmly without showing emotion or stress. On the other hand, women are often seen as nurturing figures that are made to take care of children and maintain a home, all while keeping a positive outlook and caring for everyone’s needs except their own. Imagine trying to maintain either of these personas when all you feel inside is broken and defeated. These perceived gender roles can change the group dynamic in a way that makes therapy unsuccessful, and even stressful. For example, the presence of men in a therapy group may cause a woman to not only feel uncomfortable sharing her feelings, but unsafe because of her past traumatic experiences with sexual assault and domestic violence. If we want treatments to progress, we need to remove these stresses from therapy and allow authentic internal focus that’s devoid of withholding.

Concern for Emotional Connection in Therapy

Gender-specific groups are the most beneficial for our clients in the beginning stages of addiction treatment, as they become comfortable sharing their experiences and emotional struggles with addiction, family dynamics, and other relationship issues. We want to remove as many mental or emotional blocks from the environment as we can, so we can start getting to the core cause of the addiction, and determine the best way to treat it. Group therapy also consists of creating a healthy relationship dynamic between those sharing within the group. However, there are emotional connections that develop when we begin to share something as personal as addiction, relationship issues, and deeply affecting life experiences. In a coed group, those connections can be confusing for some clients as they mistake intense emotion for romantic feelings. These distracting feelings can get in the way of progress in treatment.

Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment:

  • Focuses on gender-specific issues between men and women
  • Comfort level
  • Increased willingness to participate and share
  • Build confidence
  • Removing gender-specific societal boundaries and expectations

Coed Group Therapy Benefits

Then why do co-ed therapy? One of the benefits of coed group integration in therapy is the differing viewpoints of men and women – because their thought processes are so different, it can be helpful to gain a new perspective when we begin talking about dynamics between male and female family members, or specific issues with romantic relationships at home. Women and men can easily relate to their specific gender groups, but each may have valuable advice for the other gender. We also have some men and women who relate better to the opposite sex, and we encourage appropriate expression in any way you feel most comfortable.

We provide treatments to our clients that will make the most sense for their complete recovery. These methods are based on the holistic model of addressing the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. If you or your loved one suffers from addiction would likely benefit from gender-specific treatments, please call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-5483.

Healthy Boundaries

How We Teach Healthy Boundaries

In treatment at Enlightened Solutions we focus on finding the joy in recovery so that everyone can bring something home with them that can be a guiding light. Happiness and joy begin on the inside of each and every one of us, which is why individualized therapies are valuable – you will start to uncover those joys as you understand your feelings, needs, and wishes for the future. In spending time with our clients, we offer them emotional coaching to work through their inner struggles, eventually working their way out into group sessions so they can practice expressing their feelings instead of bottling them up. In our healthy boundaries classes, we teach clients the steps they need to take when they feel their boundaries being tested.

The first thing we do is to acknowledge those boundaries with your loved one and let them know you’re focusing on them. When you bring people into the plan, they will receive your actions and words in a gentler way. It’s okay to let someone know you’re working on your happiness and recovery because often, they will be your support system and can help you get through tough times. The next thing is to listen to yourself and take some time to make aIn treatment at Enlightened Solutions we focus on finding the joy in recovery so that everyone can bring something home with them that can be a guiding light. Happiness and joy begin on the inside of each and every one of us, which is why individualized therapies are valuable – you will start to uncover those joys as you understand your feelings, needs, and wishes for the future. In spending time with our clients, we offer them emotional coaching to work through their inner struggles, eventually working their way out into group sessions so they can practice expressing their feelings instead of bottling them up. In our healthy boundaries classes, we teach clients the steps they need to take when they feel their boundaries being tested.

The first thing we do is to acknowledge those boundaries with your loved one and let them know you’re focusing on them. When you bring people into the plan, they will receive your actions and words in a gentler way. It’s okay to let someone know you’re working on your happiness and recovery because often, they will be your support system and can help you get through tough times. The next thing is to listen to yourself and take some time to make your decisions instead of reacting impulsively. In recovery, we teach people to live in the present moment, but we also ask that you remember past issues and how to avoid them by developing healthy boundaries. Wellness is within you; you just have to find out how to bring it outward into your life to create a functional and peaceful existence.

your decisions instead of reacting impulsively. In recovery, we teach people to live in the present moment, but we also ask that you remember past issues and how to avoid them by developing healthy boundaries. Wellness is within you; you just have to find out how to bring it outward into your life to create a functional and peaceful existence.

What We’ve Forgotten in Addiction

To move forward in recovery, it’s important that we continually define healthy boundaries in our relationships with ourselves, friends, family, and partners. When addiction sets in, there are so many things we lose sight of – our responsibilities, health, confidence, finances, etc. – that we forget what it’s like to feel balanced and joyful. In active addiction, other people take over for us because we cannot participate and be present, nor can we handle the basic tasks in our lives when we are unraveled and cannot see through our own dysfunction.

Those suffering from addiction know that when we focus on the addictive substance, there’s no room for any of those core necessities that make our lives what they are. We’ve lost ourselves in the obsession with our chosen substance, and lost our drive and respect for ourselves. Once we start taking care of ourselves in recovery by addressing what’s going on inside, how we protect ourselves. We can begin to learn about the things that make us feel uncomfortable or sad, anxious, and withdrawn.

What We Find in Recovery

Many of the things that make us retreat into ourselves are those we don’t voice. In therapy, we begin to acknowledge feelings we have toward certain situations and people that we couldn’t previously express. In addiction, everything we feel is blocked off because we are unable to cope or don’t know how to; guilt sets in, and we allow people to do and say what they want to us because we feel we deserve it. In recovery, we learn to rebuild our self-confidence and express how we feel in an effective, positive way.

When someone hurts you, the healthy person inside will say no, that hurts, please stop; healthy people speak up and think of their well-being. Previously you may have found yourself in situations where you feel like everyone else should be accommodated and must be happy, and you feel obligated to make them happy. However, in healthy relationships, no matter what kind of relationship it is, both parties have to feel satisfied and cared for. One person cannot be left out of the equation, because that is not balanced, nor is it truly love.

Understanding Healthy Boundaries

We think about boundaries as a way to establish comfort and respect for ourselves. If we want to enjoy healthy relationships and experiences with others in our lives, we need to remember what we’ve learned about the things that make us feel whole and at peace – these are the components of a balanced life we want to bring into our circle of wellness. During your therapy sessions with your counselor or in group therapy we ask our clients about particular situations that may bother them, or their reaction to what someone says, and why they feel that way. When we examine these feelings, there’s usually something found in those interactions that they don’t like and don’t want to experience again. For substance users, these events are things they don’t think about, but instead self-medicate afterward to avoid exploring their feelings. In recovery, we teach you to break the habit of escaping, and instead we ask you to sit with that feeling and reflect on how you can help yourself by expressing your feelings in a healthy way.

We all know that each relationship with a friend, family member, and partner are as unique as that person. Think about the natural boundaries you set in a familial relationship versus friendship versus one of love and intimacy with your partner. There are clear lines here so that people know who they are to you and you to them. This is a guide to show you some simple boundaries you have for people in your life. For example, many times a role someone has taken on during your addiction is one you no longer need them to play – it’s okay to tell them where they belong. Now that you are in recovery things will be different, and ever-evolving. Healthy boundaries are always changing to accommodate relationship growth.

Now that you’re working on a sober lifestyle, you must communicate behaviors you will and won’t tolerate with the people close to you, and define who you are and who you strive to be. We are all different people with different needs, and healthy boundaries will help you get the most out of your relationships so you won’t have to feel guilty or beholden to another person without your consent. You cannot be a vessel of yes when you may need to say no once in a while. Your family members may establish some of their own boundaries with you in recovery, and that’s fine too. Boundaries are about mutual respect for one another so that you can all get what you need and live happily and well.


Individual Therapy

Every client that participates in our program at Enlightened Solutions is provided individual therapy by one of our skilled clinicians. During the first individual session, you and your paired therapist will work together to create a treatment plan to address your individual needs. The therapist will work side by side with you to build a genuine relationship to facilitate permanent and fulfilling change.

Client and therapist matching are based on your needs and compatibility with the therapist. It is important that you and your clinician work well together and that you are comfortable in each session. There are many therapists to choose from at Enlightened, and we do our best to partner you with someone who can work through issues with you to build a sound foundation for addiction recovery.

You will meet with your therapist at least once per week, to address goals identified in the treatment plan.

The clinician will use therapeutic interventions and methods in various styles such as:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt
  • Rogerian
  • Solution focused techniques

Each treatment type is geared to invoke change according to what works best for you.

Topics often addressed in therapy are:

  • Education about the disease of addiction
  • The process of recovery maintenance
  • Understanding concepts of codependency
  • Improving relationships with family and friends
  • Addressing mental health symptoms and past trauma
  • And an introduction to the 12 step program

The philosophy used by our therapists at Enlightened Solutions is based on motivational interviewing along with unconditional positive regard to create an atmosphere that allows clients to be empowered to then make changes.

If you want to get your life back on track and make a difference, therapy and a comfortable place can make all the difference. Enlightened Solutions’ therapists understand the importance of positive and adaptable treatment that encourages clients to enhance recovery and believe in themselves.

Call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-LIVE and find a therapist that can guide you through the process of change. Sobriety makes life wonderful and offers new meaning to everything you do and experience. Breaking through the addictive cycle can transform your family, personal, social and working lives into a prosperous future. We are here for you when you are ready to take the next step and make active choices that will support a healthy lifestyle.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are designed for people that have been through residential treatment and detox, or have been sober for a period of time and need encouragement, but less supervision than a fully integrated residential program offers.

Our team of recovery and addiction specialists has designed our intensive outpatient program to provide you the discipline and guidance you need to stay on course or to find your path back to holistic recovery once again. An intensive outpatient program can help people that have relapsed or may be struggling with the idea of relapse. Schedules vary depending on the need of the individual. We offer a five day per week IOP, a three day per week IOP both in the morning or evening.

Who is IOP for and how will I know if it’s right for me?

Our intensive outpatient program is for people in recovery that need additional support – they have stable jobs, and a variety of familial obligations, but circumstances arise that might require extra help or attention. This program gives our patients flexibility – those that can handle a lower-level type of recovery care that isn’t around the clock, but that does require participation to make sure these aftercare therapies and skills are put into practice. Intensive outpatient care isn’t for everyone; many people need inpatient recovery or partial care if they’ve never experienced treatment before, have an advanced substance use disorder, and/or a co-occurring mental health condition. During the intake process, each potential client will meet with a substance use disorder counselor or therapist that will be able to make the right decision as to whether or not the IOP is right for them.

We want to be sure that every client that comes into our intensive outpatient program is a good fit and will benefit from this program, because the client will still spend a majority of their days and nights outside of our treatment center, and have significant time to work independently.

How does intensive outpatient work?

After a full assessment of your needs, we create a customized treatment plan and assign a schedule for focused therapy. Depending on the level of care and time commitment you can allow for an intensive outpatient program, your treatment hours will range from nine to fifteen hours each week – this time will be spent attending group therapy, as well as individual sessions.

Each client will have access to a variety of individual and group treatment settings here at Enlightened Solutions, and our treatment offerings include:

  • Mood, Grief/Loss, and Anger Management
  • Body Image Disorders Group
  • Codependency Group
  • Co-Occurring Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Life Skills
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Sober Living Preparation
  • Sustainable Living Practices

We also work with our intensive outpatient clients to help them build a safe and supportive environment outside of our treatment sessions. Our team of dedicated staff and addiction specialists will help you connect with people in your community that can offer outside assistance so that you can successfully integrate yourself into a community of like-minded people who are committed to living a sober life. During your treatment sessions, you will be continually evaluated to make sure you are fully engaged in your treatment, so if additional treatment hours need to be assigned, we can integrate the proper groups and activities into your treatment plan. Random drug tests are administered to all of our IOP clients, and if needed we can connect you with our partnered physicians to help you with medication management.

At Enlightened Solutions, we invite you to experience all the wonders of life, free of addiction – whether you choose to accept our invitation and commit to your sobriety is up to you. Call Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-5483 to learn more about all of our recovery programs and discover the right fit for your journey.

Intervention Services

Imagine that you feel so overwhelmed with the things you live with in your daily life, and the only way you can possibly face even getting out of bed is with the help of drugs and/or alcohol – this is a very real, very difficult scenario for those suffering from addiction.

For addicts, this obsession with substance abuse is often like a train that won’t stop until disaster forces it to a halt. Intervention is a method we use to allow addicts who are unaware of or unable to face their condition the chance to see what’s happened in their lives and why their substance abuse or behavior is a threat to their life and family relationships. Intervention is a presentation of choices that those suffering from addiction can make when they finally understand the damage substance abuse causes or will cause if they don’t seek a solution. During interventions, under the direction of an intervention specialist, we offer addicts the opportunity to not only listen to their family members’ concerns, but to truly change their lives. Interventions are often a vital first step in the journey to recovery for addicts and their families.

It’s Best to Use a Professional Intervention Specialist

At Enlightened Solutions, we don’t see an intervention as a mudslinging session to guilt trip an addict into submission, but rather the opposite. These interventions are meant to uplift and surround your loved one with family, love, and support so that they can start to believe in themselves and begin see a future without drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately for most people, interventions aren’t done with a proper professional who specializes in addiction, and this may cause more harm than good. The reason we believe these intervention sessions are best done with a professional addiction specialist is because they understand how delicate the moment is when it comes time to approach the addict, and how to delegate specific roles to family members. An addiction interventionist will take control of the situation and steer the conversation in the direction necessary to achieve a positive result between families and those dependent on substances.

For many family members and significant others, addiction is taxing, so if you or your family members require assistance in working with your loved one and helping them find the best recovery treatment available, we can set you up with an intervention specialist contracted through Enlightened Solutions. Intervention begins the movement toward happiness and the promise of a fulfilling life through a commitment to sobriety.

Intervention Will:

  • Help those suffering from substance dependence acknowledge that there is a problem
  • Help the family remain focused and kind during their intervention
  • Orchestrate a plan for recovery with defined deadlines and goals
  • Teach family members how to understand addiction and the struggle addicts face
  • Offer constructive solutions for family members
  • Teach your loved one and family members how to communicate
  • Teach family and the addict that recovery is a beneficial thing that can be so beautiful to explore

When Should I (We) Consider Intervention?

The time for intervention is whenever you feel it’s time to get started on a serious recovery plan with your loved one. It might seem as though a few good talks here and there will get your loved one back on track, but depending on the stage of their addiction, intervention may be more important than you realize. How many conversations have you had with them while they were under the influence? How many promises have been made and broken? Now put yourself in their shoes – fighting a devastating, destructive fixation every single day when you’re emotionally broken, have low self-esteem and feel completely alone. Whether or not family members are close by and available to talk, addicts isolate and close themselves off from fear and guilt. Most of the time they’re unaware of how much support and help they really have until they are part of an intervention and can see that there are people in their life that truly want the best for them.

When you start talking through the process with an intake counselor at Enlightened Solutions, we will connect you with the intervention specialist that we’ve contracted for you as you explore recovery with us. The intervention specialist will begin working with your family to talk through the process with you and, based on the timeline you have decided on, they will offer their best advice for the logistics of the gathering. Interventions are planned in a way that makes the most sense for an addict’s lifestyle and schedule, as well as including the family members that wish to be present. Timing is a large part of an intervention, since we want to make sure the person isn’t going to be stressed or pressed for time. We want to ensure they don’t have to rush off and can stay to hear each family member, and have a chance to be heard in the process. We gently explain why recovery is the best option for them and how Enlightened Solutions can help family, friends, and loved ones interact to support a healthy, holistic lifestyle that’s conducive to recovery and finding the joy in sober living.

The point of intervention is to find a solution so you don’t have to helplessly watch your loved one waste away, working through these issues alone. Intervention will help you come to terms with the fact that help is needed, and the addict in your life has all the support they need to get started on changing their life. We want to build confidence and instill trust in each potential member of our addiction community so that we can help you and your family work through the difficulty of recovery from drugs and alcohol.

If you’re reading this now, it means you’re thinking about solutions for your loved one.

At Enlightened Solutions, our counselors are always ready to talk through the next steps with you and to help you set up your family intervention. Addiction can be such a dark place for everyone it touches – call Enlightened Solutions today to learn more about our intervention services and how we can help you and your loved ones to step into the light.