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.


Yoga & Meditation

Implementing the use of yoga in clinical settings is a rapidly growing application, teaching people through their direct practice that they can be released from suffering impacted from substance abuse. At Enlightened Solutions, we have a spiritual space specifically designed for practicing yoga, meditation, and other healing arts.

We’re proud to offer our clients a mindful activity that can help them open up to yet another healing avenue of recovery, as they learn to explore the joy of yoga and meditation.

Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In recovery, a regular yoga practice can help people develop the discipline needed to succeed in 12 step programs, which are often used as the primary referral, in conjunction with treatment for many substance users. The mindfulness practices and the slow, controlled breathing methods taught in yoga are tools to help curb impulse control and stressful feelings – something with which substance abusers struggle. Benefits of yoga and meditation include:

  • Feelings of calm and increased patience
  • Healing of the mind, body, and spirit
  • Release of muscle tension
  • Relief from stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Lowered heart rate, which lowers blood pressure
  • Clarity in thought processes
  • Learning to focus and be mindful of the body

Natural and Holistic Relief from Stress

Dedicated yoga practices empower our clients, providing them with real-world tools they can use on their own at any time, because yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are readily accessible when sometimes a support person isn’t. Instead of turning to addictive substances to change thoughts and reactions in certain situations, they can apply yoga to address their stress and unhappiness, and find inner peace in critical moments. As clients learn the proper practice of yoga, they begin to learn the difference between pain and discomfort, and how to manage discomfort instead of avoiding it. They can fully control their experiences by modifying asanas in ways that feel good for them, finding the most helpful ways to apply this therapy to their overall recovery .

Before we begin a yoga session, we check in with our bodies, addressing any pain or issues we might have so that nothing is blocking us from fully absorbing ourselves in our practice. We sit quietly for a few moments and concentrate on the stillness in the room. As we sit in silence, we practice clearing the mind and focusing on the current feeling within us. Quieting the mind is a skill that takes consistent meditation practice to perfect. In addiction, the mind is constantly teeming with impulses and plotting how to get to the drug of choice, because the mind and body have been trained to need substances. If we can learn to control our mind, we can practice meditation in our daily lives to reign in those destructive thoughts. Through meditation, clients learn patience and how to find calm even during their toughest moments.

Brain Food: Yoga and Meditation

Practicing yoga and meditation together takes advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is often the characteristic that makes change so difficult. Depression, anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions activate the body’s nervous system, in addition to emotional regions of the brain. The body eventually settles into these patterns, and even if the mind has insight, the body will continue to activate these physiological patterns unless this insight is used. While traditional therapies work only with the mind, yoga works with the mind and body simultaneously, allowing for the embodiment of insights. (Social Work Today, Vol. 12 No. 5 P. 8.)

If you’re ready to find natural healing and balance in your mind, body, and spirit, call Enlightened Solutions at 833-801-LIVE to start your yoga and meditation practice today.


Mental Disorders

There are many recovery treatment programs available, however, when selecting the most appropriate program for you and your loved ones, find the path that focuses on the individual key factors involved in addiction. At Enlightened Solutions we treat co-occurring conditions.

We are a facility that will treat individuals suffering from mental health disorders secondary to substance use disorders. Addiction and mental health disorders go hand in hand, but it’s often difficult to tell which came first, which is why it’s essential that new admissions undergo a co-occurring diagnosis to discover the best starting point for their focus in recovery. We will assist you in focusing on the core of your addiction by treating the emotional issues that may have contributed to where you are today, and address how coping with those issues can help you achieve long-lasting, successful recovery.

Mental Disorders We Treat:

To understand the approach we take at Enlightened Solutions to treat these co-occurring conditions, call our intake counselors at 833-801-LIVE.


Bipolar

Life is full of ups and downs, but for those with bipolar disorder, these fluxes are more severe and can cause extreme mood swings that greatly impact daily functioning. The highs and lows of bipolar disorder go beyond simply feeling good or bad, and these abrupt changes in mood are so intense they often interfere with work, school, personal relationships and more. When combined with the effects of substance use, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can become more severe and further diminish quality of life as addiction takes hold.

At Enlightened Solutions, we understand how unpredictable living with bipolar disorder can be and provide holistic solutions to help clients find a sense of balance, stability and well-being in their lives. Bipolar disorder is a complex, multifaceted condition that requires an all-encompassing approach to address the profound impact it has on daily life, rather than the “one-size-fits-all” treatment it often receives. Our team can help clients with bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance abuse problems move forward in recovery with holistic, sustainable ways to heal that can make a lasting difference.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings and alternating periods of highs and lows. Known as depressive and manic states, those with bipolar disorder experience bouts of heightened energy, racing thoughts and feelings of euphoria, followed by periods of decreased mood, lethargy and hopelessness. Episodes may occur infrequently or multiple times throughout the year, with varying degrees of symptoms depending on the individual. There are two main types of bipolar disorder, type I and II:

  • Bipolar Disorder Type I: Marked by more severe manic episodes, bipolar disorder type I can occur with or without a major depressive stage. The symptoms experienced during a manic phase are disruptive, debilitating and often dangerous, and may lead to risky or impulsive behaviors that require hospitalization.
  • Bipolar Disorder Type II: Although the symptom patterns are similar, bipolar disorder type II is distinguished by episodes of deep depression and hypomania, a less severe form of full-blown mania. Because the symptoms of hypomania are more subtle, this type of bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression.

Bipolar disorder may also feature mixed symptoms, or episodes that occur simultaneously or in quick succession. Regardless of the type, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that won’t get better on its own, and a proper diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment and symptom management. Left untreated, bipolar disorder is more likely to cause problems at home, work or school and increase the risk of substance abuse or suicide.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

  • Abrupt or sudden mood changes
  • Periods of depression and isolation
  • Hyperactive or manic episodes
  • Concentration issues
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Racing thoughts
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Irrational or risk-taking behavior
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Anger and irritability
  • Jumbled, racing thoughts
  • Overly talkative or frantic speech
  • Inflated self-esteem

Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition that involves chemical imbalances in the brain, affecting mood stability and behavior. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is not a simple task, and symptoms must continue for an extended period of time before being classified as a mental health problem. It is also possible for psychiatrists or therapists to mislabel bipolar disorder as severe depression, anxiety or even schizophrenia if seen in the midst of active substance abuse or post-acute withdrawal, and many people begin to self-medicate to manage their symptoms when proper treatment isn’t given.

Although it can provide temporary relief, self-medication with drugs or alcohol is particularly risky for those with bipolar disorder. Studies show that as many as 30 to 50 percent of bipolar patients will develop a substance use problem during their lifetime, which can worsen symptoms and cause manic or depressive episodes to become more severe. Substance abuse can also mask the signs of bipolar disorder and decrease the motivation to seek help, further delaying treatment and complicating the recovery process.

At Enlightened Solutions, we understand how complex bipolar disorder is, especially when combined with the effects of addiction. To promote holistic healing that addresses the physical, mental and emotional needs of those in recovery, we treat both conditions simultaneously to get to the root of addictive behavior. While we are primarily an addiction treatment center, we offer personal mental health and substance use disorder assessments to better understand the unique needs of our clients. Following these evaluations, either by referral or through our treatment center, we can then schedule detox and formulate a recovery plan tailored to each individual. We require clients to enter detox first to separate the effects of addiction from those of the mental health disorder, ensuring a positive, successful experience that will build a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

Holistic Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Enlightened Solutions is a great place for clients to distance themselves from an addictive environment and find support in a recovery-oriented atmosphere. While the addiction cycle may feel impossible to break, our holistic approach can provide the tools needed to successfully manage bipolar disorder and abstain from drugs and alcohol. We understand that bipolar disorder is complex and clients may need to take medication as prescribed while completing treatment, but our program is designed to provide a more sustainable solution for managing symptoms. Some of the techniques we use include:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Acupuncture
  • Experiential therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Coping and life skills development
  • Family constellation therapy
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Wellness and nutrition-focused care
  • Herbal supplements
  • Art and music therapy

By utilizing a number of holistic and experiential therapies, our goal is to help clients find new ways to balance their moods and heal from the inside out. We often find that with addiction and bipolar disorder, clients are often self-medicating or being over-medicated with prescription drugs that only serve one side of the issue. Substance abuse then becomes the other “medication” that feeds the current mood, like caffeine and other stimulants. With therapy and a proper diagnosis through referred physicians, we can tailor our approach to address the mood changes of bipolar disorder, such as manic episodes or depressive days. By treating the whole person with holistically-minded care, we help clients develop solutions that medication alone can’t deliver, providing an alternate, more sustainable way to heal.

Benefits of Holistic Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

In a typical psychiatric setting, prescription medication is often the first line of treatment used for bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, medication only treats the symptoms of mania and depression, isn’t curative and comes with unpleasant side effects. While prescription drugs can correct chemical imbalances within the brain, we’ve found that a holistic approach supports lasting wellness by treating the whole individual, not just their symptoms. Some of the benefits of holistic care include:

  • Enhances the body’s innate healing abilities by promoting relaxation, stress reduction and an overall improvement in mood.
  • Increases mindfulness and awareness, helping clients recognize the onset of symptoms and develop better ways for managing them.
  • Helps cultivate healthier lifestyle habits.
  • Introduces natural and integrative healing techniques that are more sustainable.
  • Psychotherapy can help reframe negative thinking and change destructive behavioral patterns.

These and other benefits help clients access solutions for managing their mental health from within and provide sustainable tools for achieving the goals of symptom relief, mood stabilization and sobriety. By thoroughly addressing mental health and substance abuse problems in a holistic way, our approach helps clients break free from the ups and downs of mood cycling and addiction without overly relying on medication.

Contact Enlightened Solutions

If you’re someone that wants to understand more about substance use and co-occurring bipolar disorder, we can help. We’ve created a program here at Enlightened that allows you to be mindful of these behavioral mood changes, recognize them and practice coping skills that can taper the feeling. Managing mental health disorders requires work and special skills such as breathing exercises, meditation, physical fitness, yoga, pilates or jogging and talk therapy. Acceptance is another series of treatment sessions our therapists offer that helps clients process their diagnosis, understand it better and move toward solutions that will make life manageable without substances.

To learn more about our holistic solutions and programs available near Atlantic City in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, and how they can help you or a loved one, contact or call us today at 833-801-LIVE.

You have an amazing life, and we want to help you get it back without chronic anxiety or depression. You can manage your body and mind with special holistic and traditional recovery treatments by calling Enlightened Solutions today at 833-801-LIVE.


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Body Image Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is thought to affect millions of individuals in the U.S. Some studies suggest up to 4 percent of the population may have BDD, but given that the symptoms are often hidden, the numbers could be even higher. Though we primarily hear about women who have this disorder, men do as well – poor body image is not a gender-specific condition. Men and women experience body image concerns in a different manner, but both can feel anxiety about their physical appearance and struggle with the way they feel about themselves. And, no matter how a person experiences BDD, the impact of living with constant negative self-image can be severe. According to the International OCD Foundation, out of those suffering from a body image disorder, up to 80% have attempted or will attempt suicide.

Body image disorders are one of many complications we see in addiction treatment. BDD frequently comes paired with addiction and other mental health conditions, and it’s often unclear to the individual which one came first. They know only that they’re overwhelmed.

At Enlightened Solutions, we aim to change the superficial image we have of the body, and through exercise and therapies, help our clients develop a healthy mindset. In addiction treatment, we have to take time to unpack everything that brings us down and causes us to depend on addictive substances. We offer each client private therapy and group sessions, as well as an early dual diagnosis to communicate treatment expectations. Clients managing body image disorders can learn to love their bodies and how to find happiness in everything around them so they can live with confidence.

Symptoms of Body Image Disorders:

  • Wearing baggy clothes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of interest in friends and family
  • Lack of participation in events where food is present
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Overexercising
  • Hair loss and tooth decay
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Persistent weakness
  • Prolonged Illness
  • Stomach irritation or intestinal issues
  • Anxiety
  • Constantly picking at the way they look

Body Image and Eating Disorders

When we feel deficient in the way we look compared to others around us or what we see in the media, we can become obsessed with our bodies. Society stresses beauty and promotes a narrowly defined image of a “perfect” body. Many clients who enter our treatment programs begin with the mindset that they need to resemble what’s popular or adhere to what society describes as beautiful.

Body image disorders function almost like the disclaimer on a mirror that warns objects are not as they appear. Over time, individuals with these conditions develop a distorted image of themselves and a hyper-focus on their perceived problems that magnify as they continue to internalize these feelings.

If the issue is body weight, eating disorders soon follow, along with depression and stress from the inability to achieve what an individual feels is the ideal body type. Eating disorders can be dangerous, especially when combined with addictions, as the health problems from lack of nutrition can permanently destroy bodily functions. Drugs, alcohol and lack of nutrition have adverse effects on brain function, as well as the immune and cardiovascular systems.

Types of Eating Disorders:

Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is a condition that drives people to “binge,” or eat an excessive amount within a defined period of time, and then “purge,” or engage in compensatory behaviors (such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, extreme exercise or misuse of medications like laxatives or diuretics) to “undo” the effects of binge eating. Those with bulimia experience a sense of lack of control over eating during a binging episode. Over time, bulimia can deprive the body of important nutrients, leading to electrolyte and chemical imbalances that affect the function of major organs including the heart.

The severity of bulimia is determined by how frequently the binging and purging cycle occurs, usually at least once a week for at least three months. Individuals with bulimia are typically afraid of gaining weight and have self-esteem that is closely tied to their body image. Someone with bulimia may be thin, overweight or a normal weight. Because bulimia affects people of all body types, and because binging and purging are usually done in private, it can be difficult to tell if a loved one has bulimia.

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by weight loss, lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children or difficulty maintaining an appropriate body weight for a person’s age and height. People with anorexia obsessively restrict the number of calories they consume and the types of food they eat. Some also exercise compulsively or misuse laxatives, diuretics, enemas or diet aids to lose weight rapidly. They are often far below a healthy weight, but a person does not need to be underweight or emaciated to be struggling with anorexia.

People with anorexia are acutely focused on controlling their weight and body shape. They often have an unrealistic perception of their appearance and a strong fear of becoming overweight or obese. No matter how much weight they lose, they continue to fear weight gain and will go to extreme lengths to prevent it, even when their restrictive behaviors significantly interfere with their lives. Those with anorexia often equate thinness with self-worth. Treating anorexia involves restoring healthier eating habits and addressing the condition’s underlying emotional causes.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is defined by repeated episodes of binge eating. A binge eating episode includes eating an amount of food that exceeds what most people would eat within a two-hour time period. It may also involve eating until feeling uncomfortably full, eating a large amount of food when not feeling hungry, eating more rapidly than normal or eating alone due to embarrassment over how much one is eating. Those who binge eat often feel depressed, ashamed, guilty or disgusted with themselves after an episode. They do not regularly use harmful compensatory measures (such as purging) to counter the binge eating.

This eating disorder can be difficult for friends and family to identify because someone with binge eating disorder may maintain a normal weight. The health risks associated with binge eating disorder are most commonly those associated with clinical obesity, weight cycling (yo-yo dieting) and weight stigma. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States.

Depression and Addiction

When we have an unhealthy way of viewing our bodies – be it our weight, size or shape – it can be difficult to concentrate on anything other than molding ourselves to fit this distorted image of perfection. Depression and isolation can follow, and eventually, people develop eating disorders that deprive them of proper nutrition and perspective. Dependency on alcohol and drugs can arise as a coping mechanism to mask the deeply rooted issue of disliking what we see or how we feel. Addictions are formed when we are in our most vulnerable state, and body dysmorphic disorders and eating disorders cause the perfect storm of mental, physical and spiritual vulnerability.

At Enlightened Solutions, we offer group therapy sessions that focus on building confidence and strength, as well as nutrition and wellness classes so we can reintroduce a happy and healthy image of food and the body. In these health and wellness sessions, we compliment each other on the hard work we do and encourage one another to take care of ourselves. Addiction can lead us down a rough path that falsifies not only the way we feel, but the world that surrounds us. Operating from the inside out is how we gain control of our thoughts and actions.

Body image disorders can be manipulative and cruel, often begin in unhealthy environments. It is our mission at Enlightened Solutions to create a safe place in which to rebuild and restructure how we think and feel. This allows our clients to remove themselves from negative atmospheres and concentrate on creating an internal space where beauty and strength blossom. For more information, contact us today!

We provide our clients options to live without addiction or shame and provide and surroundings that nurture you to feeling wholesome while recognizing yourself as the amazing person that you are. You are beautiful, unique and worth it; we believe in you at Enlightened Solutions so call now at 833-801-LIVE to learn more about our addiction, body image, and eating disorder treatments.


Sustainability Practices

At Enlightened Solutions, we believe that the base of our holistic living ideology requires complete integration of green and sustainable living practices. Sustainable living can teach our clients about life-long recovery as they overcome their addiction in a nurturing environment, incorporating community involvement so they may reintroduce themselves into society as contributing, conscious members.

Our residential recovery clients take part in these green, sustainable living practices throughout their time with us at Enlightened Solutions. We take pride in providing educational activities to every addict that enrolls in our programs, so they may recreate this way of life and balance in their homes with their families. Learning and putting these methods into practice isn’t just educational, but it can be a lot of fun as we interact with others and find new ways to give back to the earth.

How we integrate sustainable living:

Recycling

We use what we can and repurpose those items we don’t use through recycling. The majority of the population doesn’t do this as an everyday part of their activity, but to maintain a healthy planet, we must be mindful of the use of hazardous materials such as plastics and metals. To reduce the amount of waste we produce, we recycle to help decrease the production of these unnecessary items – including the recyclable materials we focus on, such as plastic bags and cigarette butts. Unfortunately, only 30% of materials that can be recycled are; that means over 70% of recyclable materials get thrown out each year. At Enlightened Solutions, we hope to deliver the message of conscious living to every individual so that we can do our part to save this world by treating it well. We teach our clients how to recycle, what can be recycled, and what can be reused at home or repurposed so that we don’t have to contribute to international waste.

We use Cascades paper products, known for their strong environmental practices; Cascades offers a complete range of goods that are made from recycled materials that are chlorine-free, biodegradable, and compostable. These products allow us to contribute to global efforts of water conservation.

Composting

This form of green living allows us to reuse what we’ve shed to grow more of our own crops so that we may nurture the land we’ve been given. We maintain our very own community garden that encourages community involvement with our clients. We compost with raw materials such as green grass clippings, as well as materials from the garden and surrounding trees, mixed in with shreds of recycled paper. Not only does compost provide the most natural type of fertilizer for our growing vegetables and plants without toxic additives, but the process is a lesson for our clients as they learn to understand the natural cycle of growth and decay of organic matter. This lesson that all things must grow, live, perish, and in turn be put back into the land is a part of our holistic outlook on recovery and living.

Community Garden

To use and create compost as described above, we plant gardens that can be shared with nearby community members wishing to learn more about our sustainability practices, and maybe offer some friendly tips of their own. Anyone is welcome, as we teach our members how to plant their own gardens at home so they can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables that build healthy eating habits. When we grow and care for our own food, we appreciate it more; we also consume less when we have to cultivate it ourselves. Our clients find gardening therapeutic, as it incorporates a mindful practice, another treatment we provide at our recovery center.