Enlightenment of Santa Cruz offers individual therapy programs. Duration depends on a client’s individual needs, which we will determine based on an ongoing assessment process. All this is done while our valued clients are provided alternative coping skills.
Through our intensive counseling, addicts and alcoholics are given the opportunity learn how to regain control of their lives using key recovery tools. Most programs follow the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other step programs such as SMART Recovery, or Refuge Recovery. We offer Cognitive Behavior Modification, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. Recovery from addiction, otherwise known as the “silent demon” does not happen overnight- it is a long and enduring process which requires dedication and immense strength. The first step to recovery is admitting to yourself and others that substance abuse is a major problem in your life and you want to overcome it with help. You must take ownership and agree that you want to change in order for your recovery journey to actually work.
Initial Assessment and Treatment Options
There is no single treatment that works for everyone. Each person’s individual issues and needs are different. At Enlightenment Recovery of Santa Cruz, we can customize an addiction recovery treatment to fit your unique situation and problems. The objective of all treatment and recovery programs is to help addicts overcome their dependence by figuring out and addressing the real issues that allowed their addiction to develop.
Our addiction specialists have a holistic approach and understand that there are many underlying psychological, psychiatric and medical conditions that can lead a person down the path of alcoholism. While in treatment, we will help assess you to see if their were any pre-existing conditions such as anxiety, mental depression, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders, bipolar disorder or history of alcoholism in your family. These conditions may have lead you all these years to unsuccessfully try to use drinking to cope with any of these conditions and life’s challenges.
Our program will assist in removing you from the triggers and environment that enabled your addiction to continue. The new way of life you will find can lead to new development of positive behaviors to replace the old addictive ones and not focus on the drug itself. Our treatment programs work because they combine intensive therapy sessions that treats each patient with confidentiality, compassion and dignity.
More on Recovery of Santa Cruz’s Alcohol Treatment and Recovery Skill Development
We teach life coping skills that help you live a happy sober life such as:
- Teaching you how to handle alcohol cravings and triggers.
- Learning to understand your particular triggers and how to avoid them.
- Learning positive coping skills to deal with life and saying no to urges. Examples of positive coping skills would be talking to someone, going for a walk, listen to music or even doing some work. Remind yourself of the benefits of not drinking and compare them to the negative consequences if you do pick up. We want you to learn to look at an urge to drink as an wave and if you ride it out it will pass.
More on Teaching Positive Steps for a Recovery from Drinking
- Taking care of yourself– Learning to eat right and get sleep will help prevent mood swings and angry outbursts. Exercising, for example, relieves stress, releases endorphins and makes you feel good all around.
- Develop new interests and hobbies– Find things which will engage like volunteering activities, working in a field you like and doing things that give you a sense of self worth and accomplishment. These can all help cease urges.
- Building a new social network– If you surround yourself with positive people that encourage you and make you feel good then you will be more invested how you affect other peoples lives- this will keep your recovery going.
- Continuing treatment– Your chances of having years of sober living increase with attending support groups, using treatments like cognitive behavior therapy and certainly having a sponsor.
- Learning to deal with life stress in a healthy way– Substance abuse is sometimes a very misguided attempt at managing your stress. Find positive ways to keep stress down by going hiking, meditating, attending yoga classes and practicing breathing techniques.
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