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Serenity House

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”335329″]Residents living at Serenity House are expected to work full-time, go to school or volunteer. They are responsible for transporting themselves wherever they need to go.

All of their houses are very close to public transportation and residents may have their own car. Residents do all of their own food shopping and prepare their own meals in our well-appointed kitchens. Chores are rotated weekly among residents and each person is responsible to keep their space clean. Washers and dryers are supplied in each house and all cleaning supplies are provided. A house computer is available to all residents to write resumes and to facilitate their job search.

Serenity House believes in a strong 12-Step program. Residents are required to attend meetings, secure and forge a relationship with a sponsor, work the steps and become involved in the recovering community.

For additional information please contact Terri Burns, Executive Director of Operations, Serenity House & Serenity Estates, cell: (609)432-2130 or e-mail: tburns@hansenfoundationnj.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Serenity Estates

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”128041″]Serenity Estates raises the standard by offering a luxury, sober-living experience with ocean views and structured, supportive living environment.

While at Serenity Estates, the structured program is as follows:

  • Partial Care program at one of the local treatment centers from 8 am – 4 pm
  • Gym membership to attend 4 days a week
  • Assist with preparation of organic meals
  • Attend local 12-step meetings with our experienced
  • Recovery Support Specialists
  • 24/7 supervision and transportation is provided
  • No cell phones are permitted, residents may use the house phone and computers

The team at Serenity Estates believes it is important to become connected to the recovering community at this early stage in one’s recovery, so they strongly encourage obtaining a sponsor. To strengthen that relationship, they allow residents to attend meetings with their sponsor (with pre-approval).[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”970723″]Amenities include:
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”117440″]24/7 Experienced Recovery Support
Healthy Organic Meals
Flat Screen TVs
Linens, Towels, Beach Chairs Supplied
For additional information please contact Terri Burns, Executive Director of Operations, Serenity House & Serenity Estates, cell: (609)432-2130 or e-mail: tburns@hansenfoundationnj.org


Hansen Foundation

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image media=”17829″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” alignment=”center” uncode_shortcode_id=”199306″ media_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”116450″]The Hansen Foundation embraces RECOVERY – for those who suffer from substance abuse disorders, their families and friends. The Hansen Foundation owns and operates Serenity Houses, extended-care recovery residences in Atlantic County, New Jersey. The Serenity House staff treats all residents as individuals, each with unique circumstances, and provides them with the tools and skills they need to sustain successful lives in recovery.

More than Sober Living, Serenity Houses and Serenity Estates help addicts access treatment, promote healthy and sustainable life choices and reunite families. Hope Farm and Community Education Programs introduce a holistic approach to wellness and productive living. Hansen Foundation raises funds for Resident Scholarships and supplements needs for our live-saving endeavors.

Hope Farm is an operational horse farm that also has chickens, a pig and organic produce. We have facilities to provide indoor equine therapy all-year-long with over 400 acres of trails to ride.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image media=”17832″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” alignment=”center” uncode_shortcode_id=”512498″ media_width_pixel=”200″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”467459″]In the soil of our farm, people find the tools they need to build a better future. Enlightened Farms Offers:

  • Equine Therapy – EAGALA, PATH, and Natural
  • Lifemanship trauma focused for those in recovery
  • PATH Therapeutic riding for disabilities
  • Trail Riding
  • Organic Farming – Farm to Table
  • Chicken Tending & Egg Collection
  • Dressage Lessons
  • Beekeeping
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Job Training

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image media=”17833″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” alignment=”center” uncode_shortcode_id=”109648″ media_width_pixel=”211″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”204352″]Enlightened Café will give 100% of the profit towards scholarships for those who cannot afford treatment. We will nourish the community by offering:

  • Locally grown organic menu
  • Live music, poetry and events
  • Peer-to-peer recovery support services
  • Community yoga and meditation classes
  • 12-step Meetings
  • Family Support Groups

And so much more! Visit the Event Calendar on our web page to view our full schedule of events and menu![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image media=”17831″ media_width_use_pixel=”yes” alignment=”center” uncode_shortcode_id=”204113″ media_width_pixel=”163″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”684611″]Donate & Save A Life
Giving to the Hansen Foundation supports residents through scholarships to our structured sober living programs through Serenity Houses and Estates, assists the development of Hope Farm (home of equine therapy & organic farming) and aids the ever-expanding operational improvements. All gifts, small and large, are most welcome. The Hansen Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.

Hansen Foundation Inc.
4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205


Please visit the website for all donation opportunities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Monthly Alumni Activities

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”567544″]Welcome to our monthly alumni activities calendar at Enlightened Solutions! If you’re looking to connect with some of our previous clients and get some insight into what life is like in recovery, these events are a fun and informal way to learn more about us. We encourage interaction between our alumni and new clients so that they can build a network of support of peer support – people who have been where they are and understand what they’re going through in a deeper way. When we feel supported, we are bound to succeed, and holistic recovery at Enlightened Solutions encourages the healing of the whole self, which includes making new friends and experiencing life in a different way.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_gallery el_id=”gallery-171399″ medias=”17824,17825″ gutter_size=”3″ media_items=”media|lightbox|original” screen_lg=”1000″ screen_md=”600″ screen_sm=”480″ single_overlay_opacity=”50″ single_padding=”2″ uncode_shortcode_id=”105547″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”114558″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette” shape_dividers=””][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”133104″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”163684″]For additional information on our upcoming events, or to find out specific details on who may attend or what you can contribute, please call our reception desk at 833-801-LIVE.


Alumni Network

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”380468″]Our alumni are a living testament to our successful recovery program, and to the opportunities of life after outpatient addiction and mental health treatment. Enlightened Solutions alumni act as a valuable resource for our incoming clients, so those new to recovery feel welcome and confident that they can achieve success in our programs. Our alumni also go out into the world and share the important recovery techniques they’ve learned. They spread our model of sustainable sobriety and mental health management with those they encounter in sober living, support groups or other outlets.

We are proud of each of our alumni and their achievements. But more importantly, we know the power of maintaining a strong alumni network. In our programs, we encourage participants to bond with one another and create lasting friendships to support each other even outside of our doors. With our alumni programming, we allow individuals to reunite, check in with one another and share their successes or pitfalls within a community that knows what they have been through. And, we do this in a way that brings our alumni together with our current clients to showcase the victories they can attain in their own future.

As we began building our alumni program and thought about the best way to share our successes with our clients, we came to an important conclusion — what better way to demonstrate the victories we have experienced than with firsthand success stories? We now regularly organize alumni events and activities, and we focus on making them engaging and FUN! These events typically include a band and live music, as well as a freshly prepared organic dinner. The entertainment is accompanied by a few alumni giving talks to share their stories and show the new clients that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE!

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”139333″]Who are Alumni Events For?
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”197756″]Whenever we hold alumni events, we encourage all present and former members of our community to attend or get involved. If you are interested in learning more about our alumni programming and attending, volunteering at or participating in our community-building efforts, feel free to contact us. Our staff can give you an up-to-date calendar of events and let you know if we are looking for helpers, attendees or speakers.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”651013″]Program Alumni
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”131851″]If you have been through any of our addiction or mental health recovery programs — including detox, partial care and/or outpatient treatment — you are part of our broad community for life. We invite you to keep in touch and to let us know how you are doing; if you are feeling proud of how far you’ve come since you entered treatment at Enlightened Solutions, we want to hear from you. We invite alumni to talk about their successes at each alumni event, and we would love to have you if you want to share your story. You may also want to simply attend an event to stay in contact with other alumni or to visit with our staff. Our alumni events are the ideal opportunity to check in with your peers and get an extra boost of encouragement and support from a recovery-minded community.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”993976″]New & Current Clients
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”424741″]Our current clients are all encouraged to attend our alumni events while they are in our programs. Not only do these get-togethers provide an uplifting look at what our clients’ lives can be like after recovery, but they are also exciting days full of engaging activities and community-building fun. These events are a great way for our clients — especially new clients — to see that a sober life can be joyful and that they don’t need to use substances like drugs or alcohol to have a good time. It’s also an opportunity to talk to new people from a variety of walks of life, and to build some of the social skills that our programs strive to impart. Every event is a celebration of the opportunities and possibilities that await our clients as they move through and graduate from our programs, and it’s important to us to build client confidence and inspire hope for a better, sober life.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”175462″]Family Members and Loved Ones
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”956093″]We always encourage families and loved ones to attend these events as well. Families come together in recovery at Enlightened Solutions, and our alumni can offer support and help them to understand what it feels like for other families to work through addiction and recovery together. We are dedicated to establishing strong support networks for our clients, and families (whether blood relatives or close friends) can be an integral piece of this. Involving them in recovery and in the successes of a sober life are important to make sure everyone knows their place in the process. By participating in alumni events, families can see how important this role is — not only in their own experiences but in the experiences of others as well.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”117578″]Enlightening Recovery Through Shared Alumni Experiences
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”213197″]At Enlightened Recovery, we believe in the power of positive, loving energy, and we believe that it transfers from one glowing and open heart to another. Love and energy are contagious, and we hope to light the flame of encouragement with these lasting connections built between alumni and new and existing clients. We deeply value community among current clients and among everyone who passes through our care, because we want to share our stories and our voices can be louder together. When we form a community, our whole becomes more than the sum of our parts — the positivity and love compound upon themselves when we are together, and leave each of us feeling more fulfilled than we could ever achieve on our own.

Our alumni programs and events are designed to be a hub for sharing and spreading all the good things that come with sobriety and recovery. Together, we celebrate ourselves and each other and create a platform for showcasing the successes our programs can provide.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”125071″ shape_dividers=”” back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”123838″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”141981″]Find out more about our alumni activities and our MAP Recovery Network by clicking here or call our intake counselors at 833-801-LIVE.


Our Program

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”113595″]Our program consists of three levels of treatment designed to ease the client back into everyday life. We offer:

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”17807″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”204928″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”808312″]What We Do
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”156496″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”162360″]Substance Abuse Treatment
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”109833″]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.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”509018″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”252701″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”755876″]Some of the benefits we offer include:
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12-Step Philosophy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”206500″]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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”17803″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”144588″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”782227″]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).

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”783917″]What Do the 12 Steps Do for Us in Recovery?
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”595097″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”192421″]What Are the 12 Steps?
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”101459″]1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”471482″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”145079″]2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”426478″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”202123″]3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”209005″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”467170″]4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”972463″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”996667″]5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”114259″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”185852″]6. We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”527851″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”143104″]7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”184147″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”952718″]8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”157672″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”191497″]9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”195935″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”109107″]10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”140764″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”830400″]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.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”147089″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”994265″]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.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”122132″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”155901″]The 12 Steps Help Us To:
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  • 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

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”509018″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”252701″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”766677″]Our Foundation in the 12 Steps
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”175138″]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

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”470646″] 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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”17797″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”172756″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”193678″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”850020″]What is a Co-Occurring Diagnosis?
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”171309″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”187331″]Who Do Co-Occurring Disorders Affect?
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”146518″]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”571421″]Co-Occurring Treatment Benefits:
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  • 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

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”144274″]Co-Occurring Diagnosis Allows for Custom Treatment Plans
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”200472″]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”436191″]Holistic Care and Co-Occurring Conditions
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”314027″]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”509018″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”252701″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”180628″]Dual Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health is Important
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”625641″]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

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”205163″]Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Track at Enlightened Solutions
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”118936″]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”17792″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”679338″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”114250″]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

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”731815″]1. Mindfulness:
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”486246″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”947330″]2. Distress Tolerance:
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”113831″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”687372″]3. Interpersonal Effectiveness:
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”813722″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”188388″]4. Emotional Regulation:
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”159005″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image media=”17794″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”782148″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”134809″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”165555″]DBT used four modes/pillars in order to support clients in change. They are:

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  • 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”509018″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”252701″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”163495″]Understanding Healthy Boundaries
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”119213″]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

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”190088″]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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”17784″ media_width_percent=”100″ uncode_shortcode_id=”151637″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”212718″]Read More: When Addiction Runs In The Family[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”386718″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”138378″]Read More: When Family Becomes Toxic: The Signs and Effects[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”750041″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”313098″]About Our Family Program
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”497928″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”985427″]Read More: Ways to Help Our Loved Ones Who Are Struggling[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”156703″]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:

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”439398″]Weekly family visitation on Saturdays from 11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”791991″]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

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”841006″]Opportunity for family sessions while your loved one is engaged in treatment
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”663483″]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

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”169131″]Weekly telecommunication with the primary therapist
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”100882″]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

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”111665″]Active engagement with family members during and after treatment
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”161079″]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:[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”151960″]Understanding addiction and mental health conditions[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”173816″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”141088″]Defining roles in a family[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”130244″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”145848″]How to work with someone in recovery[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”252490″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”166487″]How to respect and care for themselves[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”147842″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”629679″]Understanding individual needs and the needs of the family unit
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”599744″]Dealing with codependency
[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”151960″]Understanding addiction and mental health conditions[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”167364″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”165310″]How to stick to the rules of sobriety
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”131705″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”523920″]Understanding the Disease of Addiction
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”178499″]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.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″ uncode_shortcode_id=”208248″]Read More: Feeling Left Behind: When Dysfunctional Family Roles Dictate Family Members’ Behavior[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”112325″]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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-green” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ uncode_shortcode_id=”509018″ back_color_type=”uncode-palette”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″ uncode_shortcode_id=”252701″][vc_custom_heading uncode_shortcode_id=”163495″]Understanding Healthy Boundaries
[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id=”119213″]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.


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