Addiction is a complex disease, and it needs a multi-disciplined approach. People are complex, too. When it comes to treating addiction, there is no one approach that solves the problem. Women that come to Wayside House are often dealing with a myriad of issues that impact them emotionally, physically and psychologically. Addiction is in many ways a symptom of a larger problem.
Our substance abuse therapies are designed to address the complexities of not only the disease of addiction, but also the individual person being treated. Treatment is about healing, getting to know yourself, finding your voice and exploring solutions. We offer a wide range of therapies at Wayside House that address multiple needs and help provide a solid foundation for recovery.
What Types Of Therapies Does Wayside House Offer?
From the very beginning, individual therapy helps women in our program explore their feelings, uncover deep-seated issues, build self-esteem and develop a greater sense understanding about their disease and how it has affected their life.
Didactic Group Therapy
This type of group therapy provides an educational component that helps build knowledge and awareness and is very effective in combination with other types of therapy for substance abuse. Didactic group therapy sessions are generally conducted more like a class, centered around a specific topic and geared toward informing and educating the group.
Addiction has been called a family disease, and family therapy helps not only heal relationships, but also addresses issues such as codependency, enabling and resentment. Healing the family while healing the addict is an important part of treatment.
There are times when verbalizing deep-rooted pain, trauma, guilt or shame simply isn’t possible. Art therapy has been shown to be effective at allowing patients to express themselves through the use of art-making.
Wayside House is home to beautiful gardens full of tropical native plants, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Horticulture therapy offers a way to nurture the earth while nurturing self. Watching the seeds that have been planted grow into beautiful flowers or nourishing vegetables is a healing experience that also teaches clients about nutrition and healthy eating.
There are so many documented benefits to a yoga practice that it would not make sense not to offer it as part of a well-rounded substance abuse therapies plan. Yoga helps center the body and the mind, promotes self-acceptance and develops discipline and strength. Studies show that yoga has an effect on brain chemistry, increasing levels of the neurotransmitter GABA by twenty percent. This is significant because people with addictions are shown to have low levels of GABA in their brain.
Yoga practice at Wayside House has been well-received by clients and helps to heal the mind, body and spirit.
Wayside House has staff that are trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This is an important therapy for drug and alcohol abuse because many women addicts have suffered trauma throughout their lives and are affected by PTSD. Many women turn to substance abuse to help cope with childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. These are issues that must be addressed in order for full healing and recovery to take place.
EMDR helps to process distressing memories, reduce their lingering effects and develop more effective coping mechanisms.
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, increase levels of dopamine in the brain and strengthen the immune system. While meditation can benefit anyone, it is especially helpful to addicts. Depression, stress, and anxiety are strong triggers for addicts, and often a big motivation for using. The positive effects of meditation make it a powerful addition to our substance abuse therapies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This therapy for drug and alcohol abuse has been found very effective in helping clients learn how to anticipate problems, cope with cravings, make better decisions and develop strategies and problem-solving skills that help them deal with stressors, cravings and avoiding high-risk situations. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a learning treatment that teaches new habits and ways of doing things. Research has found that these new patterns remain after treatment ends. CBT is an important part of drug and alcohol addiction therapy.
Our substance abuse therapies are taught and facilitated by clinicians, therapists, practitioners and experts in their field. We are proud to be able to offer a wide range of therapy for drug and alcohol abuse sufferers who need them. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy isn’t just about not drinking or using, it is about addressing the underlying issues that motivate the behavior, and learning tools and strategies to not only succeed at sobriety, but to achieve peace and healing.
Take Action and Utilize Wayside House’s Substance Abuse Treatment Therapies
If you are a woman who is struggling with addiction, Wayside House offers hope. We have a residential program for women 18 and over, as well as outpatient programs and an intervention project for nurses. Find out more about our programs during our weekly orientation. Call 561-666-9149 today.