Many challenges that people undergo in active addiction and in early recovery are specific to one gender or the other. For example, a woman who has undergone sexual abuse at the hands of a member of the opposite sex will undeniably feel more comfortable opening up in a room full of women. A man whose addiction has affected his relationship with his family might feel more comfortable opening up about his familial distress in a room full of men.
At Pinetree Recovery Center, we believe that there is strength in community, and that developing meaningful bonds with others is crucial to long-term sobriety. We offer regular support groups in which our clients can safely discuss their personal struggles and triumphs as well as the challenges that go hand-in-hand with early addiction recovery. We thoroughly introduce our clients to outside support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, which play a vital role in post-treatment recovery. Our group therapists actively encourage clients to interact with one another in healthy and productive ways, encouraging constructive feedback, mutual support and the continuous development of healthy communication skills.
In order for a client to fully embrace recovery, he or she must thoroughly understand addiction. There are numerous psychological factors that play a role in addiction, as well as many personal factors, such as underlying mental health disorders and unresolved trauma. We work to thoroughly educate our clients on the disease model of addiction, providing them with a comprehensive overview along with an individualized approach to addiction education.
Life Skills and Relapse Prevention
The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine published a study titled, “Relapse Prevention and the Five Rules of Recovery,” which explores the importance of developing viable defenses against relapse in an individual and group therapy environment. Many individuals who have struggled with substance abuse are used to turning to drugs and alcohol when they feel emotionally distressed or otherwise uncomfortable. We teach our clients to work through unpleasant emotions in a healthy and productive way.