SOULWALK IN SOBRIETY
SOULWALK IN SOBRIETY
doing recovery differently
cultivating a solid foundation to grow your life
GETTING SOBER AND STAYING SOBER REQUIRE TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
For many afflicted with the disease of addiction, a 30 day residential program is a prudent choice to successfully transition into a drug/alcohol-free life, availing a solid foundation in launching one's newly found lifestyle. With much to accomplish in 30 days, relatively speaking, it is a 'moment in time' when investing in one's desire for a lifetime of drug/alcohol-free life.
Addiction serves to anesthetize one's emotions. The addicted brain is wired to seek external emotional comfort when facing daily stressors, crises and general ups and downs of life. Repeated patterns of seeking external emotional comfort form
neuro-pathways in the brain, thus creating an automatic response to emotional discomfort. Dependence on destructive external coping mechanisms such as using drugs/alcohol to anesthetize one's negative emotions become embedded into the subconscious.
In recovery, using has ceased and all emotions automatically re-emerge and are easily accessed. Learning to resource internally to manage negative emotions is a process. It's unrealistic to think that in 30 days, one's coping mechanisms would completely transform from external gratification to seeking emotional comfort internally.
“Aftercare” is a general term used to describe any ongoing or follow-up treatment for substance abuse that occurs after an initial rehab program. No matter the setting, treatment provider, or methods used, the goals of addiction aftercare programs are the same and include:
Taking measures to live a drug/alcohol-free lifestyle is a long-term commitment. This process can include a wide variety of treatment options and supports. Aftercare treatment is essential in all situations is because longstanding substance abuse can, in some cases, alter the normal functioning of the brain. Some of these changes do not instantly reverse once use ends. In fact, they can last long after substance use has terminated. The physical impact of addiction is often accompanied by several psychological changes—affecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may persist even after the substance is removed from the body. The physiological changes associated with addiction and their potential lasting impact to both mental, emotional, and physical health serve to reaffirm the need for long-term treatment.
It is imperative for the addict to repeatedly intercept negative emotions and learn to go internally for emotional discomfort resolution. Utilizing the steps of Cognitive Self-Questioning Practice (CSQ), experiential practices and therapeutic processes will develop NEW neuro-pathways over time, transforming coping mechanisms from EXTERNAL to INTERNAL.
A solid relationship with self, based upon emotional availability, replaces the relationship the addict has with the addiction and addictive behaviors. Emotional sustenance becomes the foundation for lifelong drug/alcohol-free life.
DESCRIPTION - Individualized Post-Residential Addiction Treatment Continuum of Care Program Program
Meets the individual needs of patients completing residential or IOP addiction treatment. Specifics of the program will be clearly outlined and in place prior to release of program and will start immediately (within the first two days) of arriving home or sober living.
LENGTH OF TIME - 3 months minimum - 12 Months (to be determined)
Weekly sessions with your clinical provider / hypnotherapist / CSQ Facilitator
Zoom or Face-to-face or online sessions, depending on the location of the patient's home or sober living residence.
15-week group participation followed by individual aftercare sessions
Online or Face-to-Face Weekly Sessions to Include:
AFTERCARE - EMOTIONAL / COGNITIVE COMPONENTS
• Relationship with Self / Emotional Autonomy
• Emotional Resilience / Sustenance
• Non-Violent Communication Skills
• Stress Reducing Practices
- NLP Techniques
- Guided Imagery
- Anger Management (emotional reactivity: external exploding
and internal imploding)
• Relational Counseling
AFTERCARE - PRACTICAL COMPONENTS
• Transitioning into an intensive outpatient program
• Moving into sober living for some time
• Individual or group therapy sessions
• Participating in the alumni program at your treatment facility
• Attending recovery meetings, such as 12-step or other options
• Finding a sponsor or sober mentor
AFTERCARE - SPIRITUAL COMPONENTS
• Continue to develop spiritual reliance
• Attend a spiritual group
• Cultivate spiritual practices
• Build a strong spiritual connection