At Wellness Resource Center, our program features a full range of therapeutic services and treatment activities, which are customized for each of our clients.
Having proper psychiatric assessment and supervision is vital for someone being treated for a chemical dependency with any co-occurring mental health complexities. At Wellness Resource Center, we emphasize treating all facets of our client’s well-being to best ensure sustainable recovery. Our psychiatrist has been in private practice for over 27 years, specializing in dual diagnosis and addictive disorders. Upon admission to Wellness Resource Center, all clients receive an initial psychiatric evaluation by our Medical Director, and regular psychiatric sessions thereafter.
The use of certain psychotropic medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate the distress that some clients experience. However, the use of any medication will always be determined on a case-by-case basis. For clients who are deemed appropriate to be on a medicinal regimen, Wellness Resource Center incorporates medication management as a part of our treatment plan, including lab testing if necessary, a weekly medication management group, and an on-site nurse to provide medication supervision.
Individual therapy is a critical component of addiction and mental health treatment. Every client at Wellness Resource Center is assigned a primary therapist upon entering our program, and clients meet with their primary therapists individually a minimum of once per week, with additional sessions added at any time when deemed necessary, appropriate, or helpful to a client’s specific treatment needs. Our primary therapists are all master’s level mental health counselors or social workers specializing in the treatment of the complex issues associated with substance use and other co-occurring mental health disorders.
Our therapists are skilled in treating a diverse population 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 environment, primary therapists have a chance to deeply explore clients’ harmful or destructive addiction patterns and analyze the client’s progress in meeting his or her unique treatment goals. Individual therapy sessions also help nurture the therapist-client relationship, encouraging clients to process their feelings, understand the ramifications of their addictions, and learn positive skills to combat self-destructive behavior and prevent relapse.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Our therapeutic team of addiction specialists incorporate dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) concepts into Wellness Resource Center’s overall clinical system and therapeutic philosophy. 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 manage difficult emotions in a maladaptive fashion, the therapists at Wellness Resource Center teach our clients to use skills like mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to deal with emotional dysregulation in a constructive manner.
DBT encourages people to use healthy distractions, such as conscious breathing, listening to music, or meditation in order to deepen their self-awareness and gain emotional clarity. By learning to face difficult emotions rather than turning to destructive behaviors like drinking or drug abuse, clients learn to regulate themselves effectively. 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. Dialectical behavioral therapy has been proven to be an effective modality for dual diagnosis clients struggling with borderline personality disorder, disordered eating, and other mental health diagnoses. In addition to offering DBT groups during the week, and incorporating DBT-based strategies throughout our curriculum, Wellness Resource Center also offers optional individual DBT therapy if desired.
Addiction and mental illness are truly family diseases that can negatively impact each member of the family unit differently. It is our belief that treating one member of the family means treating the family as a whole. Family therapy sessions, if possible, are incorporated into the treatment plan for each client at Wellness Resource Center. Prior to admission, our team will speak with family members or significant others about treatment goals, family participation, and visitation. During the course of treatment, therapists are available by phone and email to update family members on their loved one’s progress and to provide therapy sessions for the family. The clinical staff at Wellness Resource Center encourages our clients to include their family in the recovery process, as they can provide valuable insight and can serve as an important support system for the individual post-treatment.
In addition to family therapy sessions, Wellness Resource Center invites every family to take part in our Family Program when clinically indicated. The Family Program is an intensive weekend workshop in which the client and their immediate family can participate. Through both psycho-educational and interactive process groups, family members can use this time to learn about their role in the addiction recovery process, how best to support their loved ones throughout treatment, and how to set healing goals of their own.
Equine Experiential Therapy
Equine Experiential Therapy at Wellness Resource Center is based on the successful principles used in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and works to reintroduce mental and physical well-being through the building of relationships with horses. At Wellness Resource Center, we have two counselors certified as equine-assisted therapists under Greg Kersten of the O.K. Corral Series, creator of EAP. Through the use of specifically designed equine-assisted exercises, clients work with and observe horses in a therapeutic setting that many find less threatening than traditional talk therapy. How clients approach the exercises with the horses, and what surfaces in the process, are instructive experiences applicable to other areas of their lives and their recovery. Equine Experiential Therapy helps clients rapidly gain insight into parts of themselves they may be working on in treatment. EAP can be a valuable tool for assessing, communicating, accessing feelings of grief and loss, and for building skills like assertiveness and confidence.
Clients struggling with repressed emotions, past trauma, or chronic emotional distress have often responded immediately to Equine Experiential Therapy in a way they have not with other forms of therapy. At Wellness Resource Center, equine therapy is included as part of weekend curriculum. Clients are transported from our coastal area residence to a nearby horse ranch in neighboring Delray Beach, Florida for weekend equine therapy groups.
As part of our approach to addiction and dual diagnosis treatment, Wellness Resource Center provides a broad range of therapeutic groups to help clients process their emotions in positive ways and develop new skills for adaptive living. Group therapy at WRC is divided into two categories: Psycho-educational groups and process therapy groups. Psycho-educational groups teach clients useful skills, such as anger management, relapse prevention, and DBT techniques for dealing with emotional distress. The skills and subjects covered in psycho-educational group therapy are essential to the continuation of recovery after treatment.
Process group therapy at Wellness Resource Center are smaller, more intimate groups divided by demographics. These groups include: gender-specific men’s group and women’s group, young adult and mature adult group, and primary group, also known as case-load. All process therapy groups are facilitated by an experienced clinician to ensure a constructive dialogue and an environment conducive to sharing. Process groups allow clients to work through current struggles and emotionally charge past event while receiving healthy feedback.
In all group therapy, a 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 the learning experience and ultimately 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 better understand the mind-body connection as it relates to recovery from addiction and mental illness. Originally developed in the 1970s, experiential therapy is a vital alternative to traditional forms of talk therapy. Experiential therapy uses actions, movements, and creativity to access underlying issues. As a treatment approach, experiential therapy often resonates with clients who do not respond to more passive therapeutic modalities
In experiential therapy, clients engage in role-playing exercises, guided imagery exercises, exercises using props, and movement-based exercises in order to unearth and address hidden or subconscious thoughts and feelings. Clients who participate in experiential therapy groups at Wellness Resource Center benefit because of the focus on action, and they are not as acutely aware and self-conscious about being in therapy. Under the careful guidance and supervision of our experiential therapist, clients are able to let their guard down, identify obstacles to their recovery, take responsibility for their actions, and grow their sense of personal empowerment. As an integrated therapy, experiential group therapy is valuable tool for processing grief and loss, trauma, family-of-origin issues, and other difficult emotions and issues often associated with addiction.
Gender-specific groups provide a comfortable, nurturing environment for clients to explore sensitive or highly personal issues with the support of both the clinical staff and peers of the same gender. Male and female specific groups are an important of our overall recovery-oriented programming, and are conducted at least twice weekly at our treatment center in Boca Raton, FL. In gender-specific group therapy, clients can obtain objective, honest feedback about their behavior, attitudes, and feelings. Clients practice expressing themselves and communicating with peers and staff in positive ways, and learn to confront any obstacles to their treatment and their recovery, as well as learn to take responsibility for their actions. In addition to our gender-specific therapeutic groups, clients at Wellness Resource Center participate in gender-specific activities, such as weekend trips to the beach, and other excursions in the Palm Beach County area.
Oftentimes the presence of active addiction or untreated mental illness coincides with the deterioration of healthy eating habits. At Wellness Resource Center, we emphasize the importance of nutrition as part of our ADL (activities for daily living) programming. At our Boca Raton clinical campus, Wellness Resource Center has a consulting nutritionist on staff with over twenty years experience working in mental health and chemical dependency, who understands the toll drug abuse and alcoholism takes on the body and the proper steps to implement in order to recover physically. Our nutritionist is available to all clients at Wellness at no additional cost to help with planning healthy meals and to help gain an understanding about the importance of nutrition in recovery.