In order to ensure that the wellbeing of our clients is cared for in an all-encompassing way, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer nutritional therapy. A part-time nutritionist is on staff and works with clients to help them plan and implement healthy meals, aiding them in developing an understanding of how good nutrition can positively impact their recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Additionally, a full-time nurse is on hand and works in conjunction with the nutritionist to help with meal planning and assist with medication management.
Individual therapy is a critical component of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric treatment. Clients at Wellness Resource Center meet with their primary therapists at a minimum of once per week, but additional sessions may be added at any time when deemed necessary, appropriate, or helpful to clients. Primary therapists are Master’s level counselors who specialize in treating the complex issues that are faced by clients who have a diagnosis of chemical dependency and other co-occurring mental health disorder(s). Our therapists are skilled in treating a diverse group of clients who may be suffering from a wide range of symptoms. Individual therapy sessions can be particularly beneficial for clients who are not responding well to group therapy or who prefer to discuss sensitive or personal issues in private.
In a one-on-one setting, primary therapists have a chance to deeply explore clients’ harmful or destructive addiction patterns and analyze the client’s progress in meeting his treatment plan goals. Individual therapy sessions also help nurture the therapist-client relationship, encouraging clients to process their feelings, understand what their addictions took from them, and learn positive interpersonal skills.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Our therapeutic team of addiction specialists uses dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) concepts in many types of substance abuse treatment. DBT is a treatment approach that uses cognitive and behavioral therapies to teach people to express and cope with their emotions in a positive way. Rather than turning to substance abuse or other destructive behaviors to cope with difficult emotions, therapists at Wellness Resource Center teach clients to use skills like mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT encourages people to use healthy distractions, such as conscious breathing, listening to music, or meditation, to deepen their self-awareness and gain emotional clarity. By learning to face difficult emotions rather than running away or turning to a destructive behavior like abusing substances, clients learn to regulate their emotions. DBT teaches people to honestly and calmly communicate their feelings and needs, while taking into consideration other people’s interests and needs as well.
Even though drugs or alcohol may offer immediate relief, the benefit is temporary and clients inevitably feel more depressed and hopeless afterward. Instead of seeking instant gratification, clients learn to predict negative consequences and feelings, and to anticipate feeling good about themselves when they take a more productive approach.
Our psychiatrist has been in private practice for fifteen years, specializing in dual diagnosis and addictive disorders. Clients at Wellness Resource Center receive an initial psychiatric evaluation upon admission and regular psychiatric sessions thereafter.
The use of certain psychotropic medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate the distress that some clients experience, yet the use of any medication will always be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Family therapy sessions occur on an ongoing basis at Wellness Resource Center. Prior to admission, our family therapist will speak with family members or significant others about treatment goals, family participation, and visitation. During treatment, the family therapist is available by phone and email to update family members on their loved one’s progress and to provide therapy sessions for the family.
In addition, we invite every family to take part in our Family Program, which is offered every other month at no cost to clients or their family members. Through psychoeducation and participation in process groups, family members can use this time to learn about their role in the addiction recovery process, how best to support their loved one throughout treatment, and how to set goals of their own.
As part of our cognitive behavioral approach to addiction treatment, Wellness Resource Center provides a broad range of psychoeducational group therapy sessions to help clients process their emotions in positive ways and develop new skills for adaptive living. Regular group offerings include discussions on such topics as coping skills, relapse prevention, goal-setting, trauma, and body image, among many others.
In these groups, a licensed therapist educates clients on healthy ways to control anger, set boundaries with friends, family, and roommates, and express themselves in honest and direct ways. In a supportive environment, clients can work through any resistance they feel to these lessons and become motivated to change. Clients then have the opportunity to rehearse these skills with the support and encouragement of their peers.
Experiential Group Therapy
Experiential group therapy is a treatment modality that helps clients come to understand the mind-body connection in a beneficial manner. This type of therapy challenges individuals to stray from their comfort zones and often places them in safe situations in which they will be challenged to confront turmoil and realize their inner strength.
Gender-Specific Group Therapy
Gender groups provide a comfortable, nurturing environment for clients to explore sensitive or highly personal issues with the support of staff and peers. Male and female gender-specific groups are conducted at least twice weekly.
In gender-specific groups, clients can obtain objective, honest feedback about their behavior, attitudes, feelings, and methods of relating to others. Clients practice expressing themselves and communicating with peers and staff in positive ways, confront any obstacles to treatment and recovery that may be impacting them, and learn to take responsibility for their actions.
Equine Experiential Learning
Equine Experiential Learning (EAL) is based on the successful principles used in equine-assisted psychotherapy and works to reintroduce clients to a life of mental and physical wellness through the building of a relationship with horses. Through the implementation of equine-assisted philosophies and exercises, clients are able to work with and observe horses in a way that is viewed by many as being less threatening than traditional talk therapy. These activities, including how clients approach the tasks and what surfaces in the process, are meant to become a metaphor for other areas of clients’ lives. Clients very quickly gain insight into areas that they may be working on in treatment when they work with the horses. It can be a valuable tool for assessing, communicating, accessing feelings of grief and loss, and building skills like assertiveness and confidence. The horses are powerful because they respond immediately, and they challenge clients to be authentic. This form of therapy is only offered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost to treatment.