Partial Hospitalization Program Therapies compassrc 2017-05-18T18:33:39+00:00
Yoga is offered to our clients on a weekly basis. Clients not only experience the physical benefits of yoga, but they are also taught breath control and various types of meditation, which help connect the physical with the mental and spiritual.
It has long been believed that substances allow us to escape from our body. It is even mentioned in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous that the physical body must be healed as well. Yoga is one way to bridge this gap and reconnect with the physical body. Mindfulness is an important part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and yoga promotes this process through slow concentrated poses and routines. Yoga may also increase neurotransmitters in the brain, which can be an important part of restoring brain function after addiction.
Healthy eating can help through the detox process and good nutrition helps the body to restore and rebuild. Our nutritionist is experienced in addiction and at helping clients move through this critical transition. Our nutritionist guides our clients toward understanding what foods help align and rebuild valuable resources and vitamins that the body needs and how to find these foods at the local super market. Our nutrition program takes a two-step approach to help clients achieve the nutrition that is needed to restore the body during the recovery process of addiction.
The first step involves a healthy eating lecture series that takes clients through the do’s and don’ts of health, diet, and wellness while guiding them toward healthier choices, even on a budget.
Clients are given the opportunity to explore balanced eating. Meals plans are also created to meet the specific needs of the client. Shopping lists and how to make smart buys are covered and encouraged during this step.
During the second step, clients work hand-in-hand with our nutritionist in the kitchen to plan, prepare and enjoy healthy meals together. They will learn about balanced meals and common substitutes.
Through this process they also learn several other valuable skills like teamwork. Clients must divide the tasks and share the resulting product. Further they learn food prep, storage, proper cooking methods and temperatures. Client also learn proper cleanup and sanitization practices.
Many clients come in not having worked in some time. Or they struggled to maintain employment due to their addiction. They may also fear that they are “falling behind in life.” Legal history and criminal records are also of high concern for many of our clients. Many come in believing that they will be unable to obtain employment due to past behavior. We have designed our program so clients learn necessary job skills to find success in the workforce.
At Compass Recovery Center, we guide clients in the job application process, including discussing common concerns, common mistakes found on applications, and how to explain employment gaps and criminal history. Clients also learn about local resources and job opportunities by exploring the surrounding area.
Once they begin a new job, we continue to work together to expand work-related skills. They will have the opportunity to update and work on their money management skills as they begin to receive paychecks. And clients will begin to establish a new daily routine that includes work/life balance. Often clients find this balance between work, self-care, and recovery can be difficult at first, at Compass Recovery Center we are able to work with our clients to establish boundaries with their places of employment. These boundaries allow our clients to set a routine that is maintainable after the completion our program.
Finding and maintaining work is also included as part of the aftercare plan. Clients will have an opportunity to modify their routine as they prepare to transition to the continuing care portion of our program. They will also continue to receive feedback and support from their peers as well as their clinician as they make this transition.
Big Book Study
Our clients come in with various experiences and levels of comfortability with 12 Step programs. Expert or a beginner, you will find this program beneficial. First, understanding the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Big Book Study through exploration of various sections and important passages can help set the stage for one’s own personal experience with the steps.
Meetings are a place to interact with others who are also having similar experiences, or who have achieved some time in sobriety. Meeting etiquette and expectations are covered and explored to ease nerves and potential uncomfortability. Our staff and experienced peers share about different types of meetings and their own experience at these meetings. Clients often attend meetings in groups or pairs, which gives added comfort to the experience.
An introduction or refresher on sponsorship is also covered. Beginners are able to learn about what a sponsor is and what they can do for you. Further, how to find one and what to look for in the person you are thinking about selecting. Sponsors take our clients through in-depth looks at the steps and how they relate to them.
Rites of Passage
At Compass Recovery Center, we view the recovery process as an important Rite of Passage, in which clients undergo a significant change in the way they see themselves and in the way they interact with the world. The basic tasks in any Rite of Passage are to let go of an old identity, to enter the unknown and engage in a process of self-discovery, and to emerge new, ready to share one’s gifts with the world.
Our staff walks with each client on their own journey of self-discovery, encouraging them to let go of the identities they built around their addictions, to make peace with the past, and to practice new skills for healthy, balanced, and fulfilling lifestyles. Along the way, clients are challenged to reflect deeply upon what it means to be an adult in recovery, to explore their gifts and strengths, and to practice sharing those gifts and strengths with others. Through this process, a new sense of self begins to take root in each individual. This emerging identity serves as a vital anchor point as clients integrate new skills and behaviors into their lives outside treatment and within their families and communities. In order to step fully into a life of recovery, each person must take responsibility for who they truly are. At Compass Recovery Center, we use Rites of Passage as a way to facilitate this.
The purpose of this type of therapy is to educate members on the importance of the nervous system, the role it plays in the body, and what can occur when we are taken outside of our range of resiliency (trauma). Clients are given an opportunity to experience some parts of somatic work as well as observe it occurring in others. Part of the education piece is learning how and when to offer others support.
Clients also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a somatic therapist when appropriate. Some client requires this extra time to move through their own process. Having this in addition to other types of therapy allows Compass Recovery Center to treat clients from all angles. Client who are exposed to multiple types of therapy often have better results. This also speaks to treating a client holistically while also realizing that not all therapies work for every client.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) also extends with the Healing Through Connections workshop facilitated by Erin Falls MSW, MCSW, SEP, CTT.
In The Healing Through Connections workshop clients will address relational trauma through experiential modalities and:
Uncover unconscious behavior that drives compulsive and/or addictive behavior and habits.
Become more intimately connected as they explore vulnerable aspects of themselves and their history.
Reduce shame and the abiding sense of isolation and alienation that are common byproducts of trauma.
Renew trust in others.
Find relief that comes from deeply experiencing that they are not alone.
Additionally, with greater understanding and awareness of how the past impacts the present, group members are able to identify trauma-triggers and cope with them successfully rather than resorting to using addictive substances or behaviors.
Many clients come in looking for ways to better maintain daily life through scheduling. For many, their lives have revolved around their addictive behavior. For others maintaining and scheduling is disjointed or not utilized in a way that serves them best.
At Compass Recovery Center we understand the benefits of building a health routine and daily schedule. From the time of intake our clients are given a complete schedule of what services look like at their initial level of care. During the first two weeks, clients will review their activities and major events daily. Clients also receive additional support from the staff at sober living. In sober living clients must complete weekly schedules that outline not only daily tasks but weekly goals. They also learn the value of flexibility and how to change and rearrange their schedule for anything that may arise.
For example, during the second stage of the Intensive Outpatient level of care, clients will work on developing flexibility as they look for a job, set up interviews, and work within their own schedule to change and rearrange their day depending on events that may arise. Further, clients may sometimes experience a change in an appointment or meeting with their sponsor and will learn how to adjust their schedule accordingly. This helps prepare them for daily life outside of treatment when it’s even more important to stick to a healthy balance of scheduling and flexibility.
At Compass Recovery Center we also believe that clients should implement self-care and therapeutic assignments into their schedules. Many clients have never learned how to take care and time for themselves to do healthy behaviors; we encourage our clients to find things that they enjoy and make time in their schedules to do them. We teach clients how to build self-care into their daily and weekly schedules.
At Compass Recovery Center self-care takes on a variety of forms and avenues including both group discussions and individual exploration of what self-care is and how one can and should implement it throughout their recovery process and onward in day-to-day life.
For many of our clients self-care is a foreign topic. Many do not take time when they are in the midst of addiction to take care of themselves. As clients begin to add more of daily life back in on top of attending treatment they can become stressed and overwhelmed. We encourage self-care from day one of intake. Clients also learn valuable skills to deal with stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed throughout the duration of their treatment.
Self-care can take on many forms and clients have the opportunity to explore many different activities to see which work for them. We encourage all of our clients to take a look at their schedules and adjust accordingly when things are not working. We also encourage them to take one half-day each week to ensure that they have adequate time to practice self-care.
Our clinicians work one-on-one with clients to help generate ideas and process through each activity to find the ones that have the greatest benefits. Clients also hear feedback from peers about their own experiences with self-care. From there they generate new ideas and are also able to pass along ideas to others.
Cognitive Mnemonic Thinking
Presents and overview of the parts of the brain and what they are used for. From there the damage done to the brain during various types of substance use is explored. Finally, ways to begin to help the brain heal are presented such as exercise, and the effects of water consumption.
At Compass Recovery Centers we have no religious affiliation. We do permit religious affiliation and participation in religious services, but it is not a requirement. Spirituality however, is an important part of the 12 Step work that clients will explore and expand upon during the course of the treatment program.
Spirituality can be a challenging topic for clients in recovery. We believe that spirituality takes on many form and is unique to each individual. At Compass Recovery Center we offer a safe space for clients to discuss and process what this means to them both in group and at an individual level as their ideas on spirituality and the meaning of a higher power grow and change. Whether a client has built up resentment, anger, anxiety, we’re here to help process those feelings, offer exercises for exploration and help them find trust and faith in themselves and their greater power.
Pia Mellody is a preeminent authority, lecturer, and educator in the fields of addictions and relationships. At Compass Recover Center, her concepts are widely used throughout a client’s stay covering topics such as:
Family systems & roles
From day one of intake, clients will be exposed to Pia Mellody’s terminology and ideas, this allows us to have a base language and concept to help make the work that we do seamless and effective.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
This therapy is designed to help people learn how to change unhelpful patterns of behavior through utilizing mindfulness as a tool to identify and overcome issues that lead to addiction. This approach works to help people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning the triggers that lead to their reactions. DBT helps to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help increase positive (instead of negative) reactions.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Is a short-term goal-oriented therapy that takes a hands-on practical approach to problem-solving. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy meets clients where they are and allows them to work on changing patterns of thinking and behaving to overcome the underlying roots of their addiction.
This client-centered approach utilizes positive verbal cues and reinforcement in order to aid clients in the discovery of the client’s goals and personal solutions to long-standing and short-term issues. Motivational interviewing allows clients to have the support of a clinician to keep them on track on the road to a full recovery.