Recovery doesn’t start when drug and alcohol abuse stops. The path to sobriety begins with the first choice to get painfully honest with yourself and let go of the shame, guilt, disappointments, and frustrations; the choice to break out of the monotony filling each empty day; the choice to WANT to live a better, healthier, and more productive lifestyle; the choice to love and live as yourself. Through identifying and unraveling complex underlying emotional and/or psychological problems, you can better understand and cope with your addiction. Such impediments include:
Depression / Anxiety
PTSD / Trauma
The collaboration between you and your therapist forms the basis of your experience at Renaissance and provides the foundation for your treatment program and road to recovery. Along with the Clinical team’s suggestions, you’ll have the freedom to choose from a long list of therapeutic options:
When you first arrive at Renaissance Malibu, you will meet with your physician. The physician takes a medical history and performs a routine physical examination. When necessary a detoxification protocol will ensue and be carried out under medical supervision. Every effort is taken to make this phase of treatment as comfortable as possible. Included in the psychopharmacological options are Suboxone which helps to alleviate cravings and maintain a clear focus throughout the detoxification process.
Often the disease of chemical dependency manifests with other psychiatric conditions and personality disorders which need to be addressed in order to bring about the best possible outcome. Each client, therefore, will have an initial psychiatric evaluation, and if further testing is indicated, will have access to a Clinical Psychologist. Proper management of these conditions helps to reduce the chances of relapse and provides a stable foundation for ongoing health and happiness.
Individual therapy is an important part of substance abuse treatment. Fear, grief, shame and secrets all play a role in addiction. By working with a trained therapist in individual sessions, you can uncover underlying aspects of yourself that are preventing true healing, and begin to reestablish trust and honesty in your life. At Renaissance Malibu we offer two individual sessions per week in addition to other group and individual activities. By providing this balance you have the greatest chance for success.
In contrast to many programs that emphasize only group or individual therapy, at Renaissance Malibu we offer a balance. Addictions are often characterized as “diseases of isolation,” and learning healthy ways to connect and communicate with others is critical for ongoing recovery.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
(EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine assisted therapy is a therapeutic approach which utilizes horses as a tool for emotional growth and learning. Individuals learn about themselves and others by interacting with horses, and then process the resulting feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Horses have the ability to mirror what human body language is telling them and teach humans about their interactions with others.
As children we are naturally creative, but our expressiveness is often cut off as we experience negative judgments from self and others. A vibrant creativity is at the heart of a positive experience of life; but often, one’s creativity is lost in the storm of addictive behaviors. Re-establishing an awareness of your natural creativity is an important part of your healing journey.
Exercise is an integral part of maintaining a healthy connection to life. Each client is provided with a personal trainer, who develops individual exercise plans, and works directly with you during your exercise session.
Yoga is a time tested discipline designed to promote the unification of mind/body/spirit while liberating individuals from unhealthy beliefs they may hold. It is a powerful healing approach shown to be a positive adjunct to recovery work.
Massage offers many benefits to individuals going through major life transitions. In addition to the relaxing and soothing sensation it brings, it also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins. When properly integrated, massage can help restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.
A technique of inserting and manipulating fine fillform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.
Native American/Wisdom Teachings
It is extraordinary to realize that the recovery movement is less than a century old. It was not until the twentieth century that addiction was generally recognized as a disease, and even now we are only beginning to understand the nature of that disease and its treatment. While many are content with existing models of recovery, many more are looking for other ways to strengthen and enrich recovery.
In our search, we look both to the latest research on human behavior, and to the ancient wisdom traditions. These teachings are not a religion but offer a sophisticated model of human psychology, the sickness of our minds, and how that sickness can be healed. Their practices include many beautiful ceremonies to help us become more aware of how we create suffering in our lives and how to practice forgiveness, surrender, express gratitude, love and celebrate life. People of all religious faiths have found them helpful in their spiritual lives, and a growing number of people in recovery have found them to be a powerful tool for staying sober and creating positive, meaningful lives. The teachings are completely compatible with twelve step approaches to recovery, and like twelve-step meetings, ask only that each person “take what is useful, and leave the rest.”
Adventure therapy is an experiential therapeutic approach utilizing cooperative group games, ropes courses, and employing challenge as an agent for change. Adventure therapy helps people engage in new (or rediscovered) behaviors and reconnect with their bodies. In adventure therapy, you are provided with real experiences that can be drawn upon to assist you in making the necessary changes in your life, as well as being an excellent avenue for creating community.
High levels of stress often add fuel to the attraction of addictions. Focused training in contemporary meditation techniques will aid you in de-stressing your life. These techniques are also used to clarify your inner purpose.
Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. In simplest terms, neurofeedback is the process of showing the brain its own activity so that it can learn to change it. This training teaches the brain to be function better. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. This is a gradual learning process. It applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure. Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. It is simply biofeedback applied to the brain directly. Self-regulation is a necessary part of good brain function. Self-regulation training allows the system (the central nervous system) to function better.
At Renaissance Malibu our clinical team works with your individual program and accesses sing your neurofeedback used with brainpainting techniques. Please visit www.brainpaint.com