Our approach to treatment utilizes an integrative method consisting of evidence-based practices to treat each patient  in a holistic manner. We focus on the individuality of every patient and design the treatment experience around an individual’s needs. It is our first priority to provide a warm, welcoming environment that promotes safety and healing. Our goal is to empower people to overcome addictions and reconnect with life by providing consumer driven and integrated care focused on safety, trust, compassion and self-determination while promoting wellness and offering support that is consistent with the principles and practices of Trauma Informed Care.

It is our objective for patients who seek services through The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Programs to leave with a healthier sense of self. We utilize holistic counseling approaches to treat mind, body, spirit and health. Our hope is to aide each individual in replacing unhealthy patterns and behaviors by developing new coping skills. We encourage patients to reconnect with the community and focus on building strengths. By treating both substance abuse and mental health issues, we hope to improve the quality of life for our consumers.

Lecture Topics:

Shame Vs Guilt

This lecture discusses the feelings of shame and guilt and how they are manifested in addiction. It explains the difference between shame and guilt (shame an act of being and guilt an act of doing) and helps the person with the addiction identify that they are not a bad person, even though that the addictive behavior is unhealthy. A work sheet is provided which gives the participants an opportunity to share experiences of feeling ashamed. The group is then asked to process their understanding of feeling shamed based and then learning how to change those feelings to “healthy guilt” or simply having remorse or being sorry for negative behaviors instead of feeling like they are bad.

Having Healthy Boundaries

This lecture discusses the importance of boundaries in addiction. It explains both physical and emotional boundaries. It lists examples of healthy and unhealthy boundaries. A work sheet is passed out asking participants to write experiences when their, or another’s boundaries were violated and how it relates to recovery.

Anger

This lecture discusses the emotion of anger and how it relates to addiction. It discusses how to channel one’s anger in a healthy way and the the consequences of not releasing pent-up anger.

Building My House

A work sheet of a house is passed out to each participant. The leader explains that recovery is like building a house (i.e. one needs a foundation, etc). The group is asked to get creative with markers, crayons, etc. They are asked to fill their house with recovery based activity. When completed, each participant shares their recovery house.

Fear in a Hat

This lecture talks about fears in recovery. Consumers answer a question and they are anonymously pulled out of a hat and discussed.

Lost at Sea

This lecture focuses on coping skills and survival in recovery. Sometimes we feel stuck in survival using non-productive patterns and afraid to ask for help. A group activity is completed’ individually and then in groups of 3 or 4 and results are compared on “how we survived” while we are lost.

Feelings

This lecture starts by discussing emotions and how we use our emotions to express ourselves i.e. anger, jealousy, happy, excited, embarrassed and fear. The lecture includes and activity using colors to relate to the above mentioned emotions.

Fun Activity Lecture

This lecture includes a “super hero” worksheet that we list fun activities to do in recovery. This includes a discussion on how to balance our fun activities, family and work in recovery. We compare and add new activities to our worksheet to use so that we are not bored in recovery.

Emotions

This lecture discusses emotional situations and how they affect our body and reactions. Starting with our thoughts, emotions then physical sensations and ultimately our behaviors. Coping skills for stress is the goal for this lecture.

Bipolar Lecture

This lecture informs participants facts and myths about Bipolar. Handouts from Hazeldon’s , Understand Bipolar Disorder and Addiction, is given out and criteria is discussed. Artwork and Bipolar is also discussed including a handout from a local artist titled “Life as a Two-headed Beast”.

Stage of Change

Changing behavior your health to understand your readiness to change and maintain a sober life style. The stages of change model can assist in understand what stage of change a person is in and to encourage the person to move on to the next stage of change. Asking and understand certain questions will assist the person in understanding their addiction.

Models of Chemical Dependency

Understanding the models of chemical dependency are moral model, genetic model, cultural model and the rewarded deficiency state. The disease model is the most common model in substance abuse treatment. This model describes how anyone can become an addictive to anything since they do this behavior regularly.

Grief

Grief is a process that everyone experiences throughout their life for various reasons. There are different stages of grief such as denial, anger, bargaining, sadness/guilt and acceptance. Individuals experience grief in different ways, for example, by crying, using humor and isolating themselves. Some suggestions for helping yourself through grief are using support, writing your thoughts down, eating healthy and exercising.

Addicts Voice

Sometimes when your brain is processing what it is seeing is not what is present. Changing your thought patterns and disregarding the negative cognitive distortions such as over generalization, labeling and “should statements.” To be able to cope with traumatic events people will use defenses such as displacement, projection and denial.

Laws of Self-suggestion

The Laws of Self-Suggestion discusses the concept what a person believes to be true and it can be as powerful as hypnosis. There is healthy and normal fear that helps people throughout normal activity. Fear that overcomes daily activities is not healthy and that fear needs to be addressed in a healthy manner.

PAWS

Post acute withdrawal syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur as a result of abstinence from addictive chemicals. Different symptoms can be vomiting, sweating and intense pain. These symptoms can last up to 2 years, the peak symptoms are from 3-6 months after sobriety. There are many ways to decrease these symptoms are exercise, nutrition and laughter.

Relapse Prevention

Three areas that can be focused on to prevent a relapse are external situations, internal situations and unhealthy patterns of behavior. Being able to think of how these areas can be changed to prevent a relapse will benefit the user from falling back into the cycle of use.

PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be commonly experienced by many individuals for a variety of reasons such as from war, rape and some other form of horrifying experience. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event results in psychological trauma. Individuals experience PTSD in various ways.

Coping with Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

In this lecture consumers examine how drug of choice affects post acute withdrawal. Consumers will identify the symptoms they are experiencing, physical, emotional, cognitive/ mental and match symptoms with coping methods. Therapist will introduce new alternatives for coping through relaxation, change of focus and breaking through the status quo. Concepts are illustrated and applied to recovery and relapse prevention. The goal is to increase and personalize effective coping methods.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions

This lecture focuses on identifying, naming, understanding emotions. It will also focus on reducing emotional vulnerability and decreasing emotional suffering. Consumers observe and describe emotions and dispel myths about expressing emotions. Coping with emotional regulation is examined as it relates to recovery. Application is made on the effect of emotions on treatment interfering behaviors. The goal is to improve and increase coping skills to facilitate recovery and relapse prevention.

Increasing Interpersonal Effectiveness

This lecture introduces new relational skills and increasing circle of support. The content includes examining present circle of support, identifying strategies to expand circle and increase support. Myths about boundaries will be dispelled. Material will be applied to addictive behaviors and how to improve skills. Social behavior will be analyzed, identifying areas that are problematic. The goal is to improve interpersonal effectiveness as it relates recovery.