Healing as Treatment
When it comes to recovery treatment, healing is not always the first thing that comes to mind. We think first of sobriety, then perhaps healthy coping mechanisms, diversionary tactics, and the like, and then “self-help” meetings. This thought model is outdated and less functional than necessary. Indeed, the recovery treatment hierarchy needs serious rethinking.
Our first thought when it comes to recovery treatment must be the 12-Step program model. The 12-Steps are far and away the most widely applicable and proven effective tool in the recovery arsenal. The 12-Steps are the primary treatment method for both alcoholism and addiction. After that, it is highly effective to employ both individualized and group therapies. Many therapeutic schools and methods are effectively coupled with the 12-Steps. The success of each is highly dependent upon the needs of each individual and each group. We must remain adaptable in this regard.
After this, we will want to add in the more focused and practical aspects of treatment. Incorporating community aspects of recovery and treatment, engaging in physical activity, fitness, and nutrition education, and practicing daily disciplines of personal responsibility and accountability are also very useful. Incorporating treatments in this manner will naturally expose every man to ways to safeguard his sobriety and teach healthy coping mechanisms.
Focusing on the 12-Step program as the primary utility in treatment, followed by personalized, individual therapy (in combination with group therapies and 12-Step meetings), is an extremely effective combination because it promotes healing across all the major areas of each individual. There are a lot of things that contribute to healing and none of them should be neglected, but the biggest healers should also be prioritized.
Very frequently, alcoholism and addiction are accompanied by mental health issues, emotional health issues, and trauma. Various combinations of these ailments are present in most who seek recovery treatment. This is precisely why healing — and the methods for healing — should be considered valuable tools for recovery, not merely the by-product of treatment.
Healing Is Treatment, Not Just a Result of Treatment
Mental health issues, emotional issues, and trauma are not only common among those seeking recovery treatment, but they are direct impediments and hurdles within the recovery process. There is much about treatment that displays this intertwined nature, where detriment and healing are so interdependent. Indeed, the processes that bring about recovery often do healing work as well, and the therapies that promote healing are often mirrored in the processes of recovery. Likewise, the hang-ups and impediments to recovery are often things that require healing and vice versa. So it’s easy to see why the most successful treatments incorporate recovery and therapy simultaneously. Doing so brings healing into an active role throughout treatment.
At Jaywalker Lodge, this is exactly our approach. Introductions to the 12-Step recovery literature, meetings, and actual 12-Step work begin as soon as we have ascertained and developed a personalized, individual program of effective therapeutic methods. We work on getting to a place of balance with any mental and emotional health issues, which is helped in efficacy by physical sobriety. As 12-Step education and work begin, we also explore therapies to begin the healing of any trauma that is present. Recovery and the uncovering of mental or emotional wounds that require healing are begun simultaneously that healing methods are employed. It may sound like a lot to handle at once, but there is such crossover and synergy between these things that both healing and recovery are exacerbated.
As healing begins to take place, recovery begins to take root. The fresh healing and the enthusiastic recovery become symbiotic at this point, each paving the way for more of the other. We take healing head-on as a priority because of the cooperative natures of healing and recovery. Engaging in healing as a treatment tool is incredibly effective and rewarding, especially for the person receiving treatment. Rather than waiting for vague healing as a hoped-for result, foundational wounds are addressed and we take direct aim at the areas where healing is most needed. A lot more attention to each individual is required on our part, and a bit more honesty and bravery are required of them. But at the end of the day, the effort is well worth it.
Approach Healing the Right Way
In addition to viewing healing as a form of treatment — and not just a result of it — we also believe that healing should be approached holistically. Often in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction, the holistic approach is half-baked or ignored. We feel that is a disservice, given the nature of the disease and the totality of its effects.
A proper holistic approach will begin healing any traumas and mental and emotional health issues simultaneously and cooperatively with recovery. From there, we begin incorporating practices that encourage health and healing across the remainder of life areas. Time in nature, meditation, physical activity, nutrition, self-care, and daily responsibilities may seem like no-brainers, but they are often overlooked in treatment and certainly not considered through the lens of holistic healing. At Jaywalker Lodge, we believe wholeheartedly in this approach because we have seen the difference that it makes during treatment.
Alcoholism and addiction are a devastating disease, one that is often accompanied by mental health issues, emotional health issues, trauma, and other invisible wounds that we can’t see but still hurt deeply. These frequent companions to an already destructive disease are often made worse through the course of the active disease. Concurrently, these other health issues often exacerbate the disease itself and aggravate its many symptoms. Fortunately, there is a solution to the disease of alcoholism and addiction. The 12-Step program can help people find freedom from the disease and begin a life of recovery. This program is made even more effective when combined with a holistic healing regimen. In fact, holistic healing and the 12-Step program work incredibly well together. At Jaywalker Lodge, we employ these methodologies to great effect with those who are ready, willing, and earnest in their desire to recover. Call us now at (866) 529-9255.