Substance use disorder can have a dramatic and sometimes devastating effect on a user’s neurochemistry. For years, medical professionals have been attempting to find a solution to this complex and delicate issue, with varying degrees of success. Yet, in recent years the medical field has made significant advancements in the treatments available for those trying to heal. The Redpoint team is here to first, conduct a thorough assessment to identify each client’s needs both therapeutically and medically. If it is then determined that an individual could potentially benefit from medication assisted treatment, we are able to educate our clients and connect them with a medical professional, so they can choose the best course of action for themselves.
The clinical team at Redpoint believes that if a client is going to apply new recovery skills into his/her life, they must have an opportunity to practice them. This is why our clients participate in experiential groups. These groups take an individual out of education and into application. Common examples found in our treatment setting include, equine therapy, adventure based therapy and role-play exercises in psychodrama therapy.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
At The Redpoint Center, we believe that relapse, like recovery, is not a singular event as much as it is a process. Taking on a new way of thinking and posturing one-self towards life is no small task, and certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore, it is no surprise when an individual reverts back to a way of thinking that feels familiar; however harmful it may be. In response to this, our team will instill mindfulness based skills to our clients as a means of safeguarding them from these mental slip ups. Mindfulness serves as a powerful anchor to the present moment and to the reality that an individual is safe and that using substances will not fix but only accentuate a distressful, presenting issue. These skills take time to develop, yet in time they can become a powerful and working part of the mind.
Being active in the abuse of harmful substances, an individual is inherently disconnecting from their body and wellbeing. Conversely, reconnecting with your body is of paramount importance as you begin to live a more conscious and connected life. The practice of Yoga has been around for centuries and has only recently been brought to the Western World. As our culture has familiarized itself to this ancient practice researchers have discovered a vast number of benefits; many of which translate to the healing process of recovery.
At The Redpoint Center, we fundamentally believes that Substance Use Disorder treatment that does not take into account, and provide targeted services for families is inadequate to the task of helping family systems find recovery. Families or participants designated “chosen family” will have access to a family advocate who will communicate with each family no less than 30 minutes per week. Following the participants progress through the program, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) will be retained so that each participant and their loved ones may participate in a family reunification process.
Grief, Loss and Shame Work
The experience of grief, loss and shame are common among people seeking to recover from a substance abuse issue. These emotions possess the power to keep someone stuck, and perpetuate the cycle of abuse. This is why the team at Redpoint tackles these emotions head-on to begin the process healing. It is important that clients are given the opportunity to mourn in a healthy and safe environment and to start the process of honoring their experience and forgiving themselves. We believe that it is not until someone can accomplish this, that they can truly move on.
The clinical team at Redpoint endorses and employs the principles of positive psychology in its programming. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
When an individual is in the throws of active substance use disorder, it is nearly impossible for them to consider the needs of the people around them. It is difficult for the user to think of or even see anything beyond that next drink or drug. This is why The Redpoint Center gives its clients opportunity to be of service to their local community. It inherently combats the selfish nature of SUD and broadens ones perspective. Although this component of our program may be met with resistance, therapeutic research indicates that service work is an integral part in building self-esteem and a new way of thinking about the world.
At The Redpoint Center we believe that being in the great outdoors and detached from the luxuries of everyday life create unique opportunities to inquire within. In short, when someone is removed from identifying and familiar stimulus, that person has the opportunity to take stock of who they really are, without distraction, and who they would like to become, moving forward. Redpoint offers experiences like this under the guidance of licensed professionals, in a framework that illuminates the applicability of each lesson on and off the trail.