Wellness (n): the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
At The Redpoint Center, we believe that recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol requires a variety of interventions and treatments. One of the most important interventions we could identify, which is commonly overlooked in outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, is wellness of body and mind. Without attention to emotional and physical health, it can be very difficult for an individual to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
The Redpoint Center believes that overall wellbeing is founded on the premise that the brain is the body. Many people believe that psychological and physical states are separate and distinct entities. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, our mental and emotional states are governed by physical processes and pathways, and the quality of our thoughts and emotions are a direct reflection of the physical state of our body. If we can address problems related to physical activity, sleep, and nutrition, in conjunction with the continuous development of positive cognitive and emotional strategies, we can realize immediate improvements in our levels of wellbeing, which make it much more likely that we can recover from drug and alcohol addiction and maintain sobriety.
At the Redpoint Center, we understand that not one approach to recovery works for everyone. Therefore, our wellness initiative works in tandem with the clinical, medical, and behavioral teams to create a rounded experience of substance abuse treatment. The work being done at the gym or in our fitness center can be equally or even more powerful to the participant than the work being done in the therapy office.
Participants at The Redpoint Center usually arrive at our doorstep depleted both mentally and physically. Our mission is to return them to the world in a better state than we found them. We achieve this by helping them restore and improve all aspects of their health. For wellness to take hold, it’s not enough to merely abstain from unhealthy behaviors. We help our clients create a compelling vision for their future and equip them with the tools and strategies they need to begin realizing that vision.
The leader of our Wellness Initiative, Shane Niemeyer, has extensive experience in motivational speaking and strength and conditioning coaching. He has worked with many professional athletes, and is himself accomplished in this respect. Following the publishing of his book, ‘The Hurt Artist, My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman’, people from across the country began to reach out to him and ask for his support. He has since devoted himself to helping others learn the thought patterns and attitudes that lead them astray and the scientific and philosophical principles that can change their lives.
Experiences coaching and helping these individuals helped Shane realize that there was a piece missing from substance abuse treatment programs. This critical piece was physical and emotional wellness.
“It’s not just the training and athletics that are important to The Wellness Initiative at The Redpoint Center. It also must include thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. The quality of our lives is directly proportional to the quality of our being, to our conduct, and the way we treat other people.” —Shane Niemeyer