What’s right for one person isn’t necessarily good for another. So often, recovery programs are focused on one method of treatment. A patient checks in and success or failure is predicated upon that approach working with their personality and temperament. A Forever Recovery is different. Five different “tracks” are offered. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in choosing the path they feel most comfortable with.
In this series, we are going to highlight each of the five tracks offered at AFR: faith-based, self-help, holistic, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and indigenous.
HOLISTIC RECOVERY: BECOMING MINDFUL
Many rehab facilities are still playing catch-up when it comes to using unique practices on the path to recovery. So many facilities in the United States are 12-step programs without other options for clients to explore. A Forever Recovery’s offering of five different tracks is significant. Though it doesn’t eradicate relapse – that is common when it comes to addiction – giving clients multiple treatment options plays a big part in success.
The holistic track allows clients to explore the Buddhist method of recovery, which involves meditation and mindfulness. The idea behind that form of treatment is that being in control of one’s mind will allow him or her to control temptations or cravings.
“Buddhism recognizes a nontheistic approach to spiritual practice,” said Noah Levine in his article on the Huffington Post website in which he summarizes his book on the subject. “The Refuge Recovery program of recovery does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.”
At AFR, the Holistic track offers lectures and spiritual paths that include enhanced cognitive therapy, discipline, eastern philosophies, meditation, Buddhist techniques and spiritual talks. Clients are also provided the opportunity to attend outside weekly meetings at the Buddhist Community.
“Buddhist meditative practices can help us become more aware of, and let go of, habitual patterns of behavior,” reads the Buddhist Recovery Network website, buddhistrecovery.org. “It is no coincidence that meditation is specifically referenced in the eleventh of AA’s Twelve Steps.”
“Vipassana meditation has been used successfully for the treatment of addictive behavior among prison populations in some countries. Buddhist practice can also help us become more aware of the impact of our actions on others, and help cultivate a stronger ethical foundation.”
The core of this track is to allow clients to get in touch with oneself.
Beyond meditation, AFR offers yoga, relaxation sessions, and Martial Arts. While Martial Arts are associated with fighting, it can also be used to generate focus on one’s mind and body.
Using these techniques doesn’t require clients to identify as Buddhists or any other spiritual designation. The goal is to use the practices to clear and focus the mind, to hopefully aid in both recovery and prevent relapse.
Results-Based Holistic Addiction Recovery
Addiction is an insidious and progressive disease, and the only way to truly overcome it is to heal the mind, body, and spirit of each on a personalized basis.
The separate components of mind, body, and spirit all work together, influencing each other within the whole person. Understanding how one faulty component can negatively impact the whole person is the basis of holistic treatment, and, we take an approach to recovery that is tailored to each individual for a personal path to health, happiness, and truly overcoming addiction.
A mind is a powerful tool, but it can be devastated by the many assaults it suffers as a result of addiction. The mind is inextricably linked to how we behave and experience everything in life.
- Thoughts originate in the mind and drive behaviors.
- When our minds are not healthy, our behaviors become unhealthy and destructive.
- Unhealthy and destructive behaviors result in massive assaults on our bodies.
- When our body is broken, and mind is unhealthy, our spirit can be crushed.
We understand the connection between an unhealthy mind and addictive behaviors, and we help each individual to identify how this relationship has affected his or her life on an individual basis.
No single approach will be successful for everyone, so we work with every client to determine the method that best suits his or her needs, preferences and belief system. At A Forever Recovery, we are dedicated to healing the mind on a personal level to empower each person to have healthy thoughts that positively impact behaviors and overall happiness in life.
Our spirit is the base of our existence, how we feel about ourselves, and how we are motivated in life as a result. Addiction can be devastating to the spirit of those who suffer from it. When the spirit is not able to be free and thrive, happiness cannot be realized, and addiction continues to linger. At A Forever Recovery, we understand the importance of spiritual freedom, and that it must begin with healing. For this reason, we offer our clients a variety of spiritual tracks for recovery, including
- Muslim Faith
- Native American
- Self Help
We know how important spiritual freedom is for the whole existence of every person, and to establish a meaningful spiritual connection, some clients may wish to try various tracks. We accommodate every client’s need to ensure this essential component of the whole person is well nourished and can be a solid basis for complete healing and recovery from addiction.
Interconnected to the mind and spirit is the body, which can suffer mightily as a result of an unhealthy mind and under-nourished spirit. At A Forever Recovery, we start with detox to ensure that all toxins and poisons from drugs and alcohol are safely and comfortably removed from the system of each person. As a part of this important first step, we provide a tailored vitamin therapy with essential minerals and amino acids, based on the needs of each individual.
Healing the body does not stop with detox, as we provide a wide variety of physical therapies to promote proper nutrition, circulation, chemical productivity, and sleep patterns to keep the body thriving and feeling good. When our bodies are healthy, our mind and spirit support that positivity toward a holistic effect of health and happiness.
A Forever Recovery is Open-Ended and Results-Based
At A Forever Recovery, our program is results-based, which means no one is sent home after a preset number of days at our facility. Our clients complete our program when the results of their work toward holistic healing show that they are ready to complete the program, no matter how long it takes. At A Forever Recovery, we are dedicated to empowering every individual who walks through our doors to heal his or her mind, body, and spirit, because this healing is essential in the journey to recovery from addiction.
We give every individual the time, options, support, and resources he or she needs to ensure total healing, so the mind, body, and spirit are working together positively to improve life and truly overcome addiction. Many other drug rehab programs talk about holistic healing, but with a results-based program that has no time limits, A Forever Recovery can guarantee it. All it takes is one phone call and the willingness to grow out of the shadows of addiction and into the light of holistic health and recovery.