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PERSONALIZED TREATMENT MODALITIES

The journey on the path to recovery is about making sobriety a way of life.
At Life’s Journey Center we accomplish this by designing and implementing an effective treatment plan to fit the individual circumstances, preferences and life style of each person entering its doors.

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS

Our staff is trained to conduct group therapy sessions and provide guidance in unearthing negative thoughts, perceptions and emotions that result in self inflicted punishment that reinforces low self esteem.

  • Use your voice to invite a trusting relationship with your peers.
  • Change negative thinking that produces negative self talk.
  • Develop effective ways of communicating your needs.
  • Use your voice in healthy, responsible ways to empower your life.
  • Enhance self respect and personal empowerment by responsible action.
  • Transform your reactions into insightful, healthy responses and actions.
  • Learn what works for you and what will work for your continued recovery.

RELAPSE PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

At Life’s Journey Center we focus on the process of the individual’s needs, fears and desires. We work on unearthing core issues that are deep-seated and process the unresolved emotional pain. Cross addiction is a component necessary to learning about chemical dependency to prescription and illicit drugs that can help prevent a person from relapse. Many feel that they can safely use a medication because it has been prescribed by a reputable medical doctor without the knowledge that the drug may be addictive. Some forget or purposely neglect to inform the doctor that they are recovering from addictive disease, therefore this sets them up for relapse. Process addictions are those in which the individual is addicted to a course of action rather than a substance. Some examples may be gambling, food, sex, spending and codependency. These behaviors can alter the brain chemistry through behavior and the result maybe as traumatic as that resulting from ingesting mood altering substances.

At Life’s Journey Center we specialize in addictive disorders, psychological and emotional distress in the treatment of the whole person. We recognize the need to work on the individual’s chemical dependency issues and dual diagnosis simultaneously. Negative self defeating behaviors may be the result of process addictions learned early on.

We offer education, written assignments, healthy life skills through the psycho-emotional healing process to further diminish the possibility of relapse.

Most people that come into treatment have deeply repressed emotions. They experience feelings of inferiority, post traumatic stress, and toxic levels of unresolved shame, neglect, abuse and grieving personal losses. Most of the time addicts deal with these issues by consuming chemical substances and or engage in a course of action that has negative outcomes.

A POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

  • Confidentiality of our residents
  • Private and semi private accommodations
  • Healthy, home-style meals cooked in our kitchen
  • Safe living environment with 24 hour staff
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Yoga meditation room
  • Designated smoking area available to smokers
  • Laundry Facilities

LENGTH OF TREATMENT

Life’s Journey Center has a diverse treatment stay based on each person’s individualized need and level of care. The length of treatment is based on each individual’s circumstances, drug use history and emotional well being.

PARTICIPATION IN THERAPY GROUPS

Life’s Journey Center is a clinically based treatment program. Identifying and working on process disorders such as gambling, food issues, co-dependency and more to help prevent relapse. While working on the healing process of recovery, one is able to identify core issues that are masking the problem. We at the Life’s Journey Center embrace and use the methodology of all self help groups. With the client’s active input and participation the recommendations to self help groups are made by matching each client to the philosophy of what resonates with them.

COMPREHENSIVE THERAPY AND PERSONALIZED MODALITIES

Alcohol and drugs, compulsive gambling, codependency, food issues, co-occurring disorders, trauma and abuse, mood and anxiety disorders and depression, complicated grief and loss. Along with Relapse Prevention Skills, Psychological and Spiritual Wellness, Family and Relationship Dynamics, Personal Self Discovery, Gender and Cultural Sensitivity. Identification and Management of Healthy Personal Boundaries, Implementation of Healthy Communications Skills, Healthy Boundaries, Trust and Responsibility, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Parenting Classes, Life Skills and additional topics that create personal awareness.

DIVERSE TOPICS ARE EMPHASIZED WITH INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATION, LECTURES, WRITTEN/ORAL ASSIGNMENTS AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS

ADDICTIVE DISORDERS

Prescription and illicit drugs, food issues, compulsive gambling and other self destructive behaviors, such as self harm/cutting are often used as a means to relieve the anxiety and or depression caused by suppressed psychosomatic, mental and physical distress. Integration into the Life’s Journey Center residential program allows for an inner awareness that begins the healing process. The client begins a positive change that leads to a higher level of functioning. The discovery of self love and self acceptance enables the healing and recovery to continue.

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS: MOOD DISORDERS AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

Our staff’s thorough comprehensive prescreening evaluation help the resident reduce the fears of change and life in recovery. Challenges with chemical dependency and mood disorders are treated at Life’s Journey Center simultaneously. Our treatment is designed based on the need of the individual. The individual who has been drinking, using drugs often displays symptoms of depression and or anxiety. In the treatment of the whole person, the clinical team will complete a comprehensive psychological evaluation and assessment. This is followed by the medical, psychiatric and integration into the program. Our medical professionals are knowledgeable in addictive disorders and non-addictive psychotropic medication is the primary choice for treatment.

In the process of recovery at Life’s Journey Center you will see the medical director for detoxification, the psychiatrist for medication management and the psychologist along with other staff members to ensure a safe and comprehensive treatment. Group therapy sessions are scheduled throughout the day to address specific needs and process in recovery.

Common signs and symptoms of DEPRESSION

Also known as: Major Depressive Disorder

Depression usually exists when addictive, mood, and behavioral disorders are present. Evaluation, assessment and treatment of the whole person provides benefits in the early recovery.

Uncomfortable feelings such as:

  • Helplessness and hopelessness
  • Worthlessness/guilt
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Loss of energy
  • Concentration problems
  • Anger, physical pain, and reckless behavior (especially in men)

Common signs and symptoms of mania in BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is a complicated condition caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Bipolar is a lifelong condition that can affect both how you feel and how you act.

Uncomfortable feelings such as:

  • Euphoria or extreme irritability
  • Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Manic highs to depressive lows
  • Increased energy
  • Rapid speech and racing thoughts
  • Impaired judgment and impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anger or rage

Common signs and symptoms of ANXIETY

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress for some people; however, anxiety can become excessive. Some anxiety disorders, problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are triggered by trauma. A combination of genetic, environmental, psychological, and developmental factors can contribute to anxiety.

  • Excessive tension and worry
  • Feeling restless or jumpy
  • Irritability or feeling “on edge”
  • Racing heart or shortness of breath
  • Nausea, trembling, or dizziness
  • Muscle tension, headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia

ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse or substance abuse
Have you experienced any of the behavioral patterns listed below?

  • Drinking too much and not being able to decrease consumption.
  • Mixing medications with alcohol in order to feel better.
  • Others notice and comment on your negative behavior when you drink.
  • Masking the truth has become a pattern to protect your alcohol consumption.
  • Emotional distress drives you to drink and use other substances.
  • Avoid family functions unless alcohol is available.
  • Drinking and or using drugs gives me the courage to speak my truth.
  • Good morning, are you trying to figure out what happened last night?
  • Problems in your relationships?
  • Trouble at work or with the law?
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DETOXIFICATION FROM MOOD ALTERING SUBSTANCES

Upon admission, our medical and professional staff will evaluate and assess the client’s detoxification needs. A medical detoxification protocol is implemented based on each individual resident’s unique circumstances. This may include alcohol and other mood altering substances including but not limited to heroin and or methadone. An effective structured medication management protocol is used to promote a healthy lifestyle, with the majority of cases with non-addictive medications. Clients are integrated into the therapeutic community when clinically appropriate.

Safely detoxifying and stabilizing the resident from mood altering substances is a priority. Medications are evaluated by the medical staff, doctor and or psychiatrist. Medications are prescribed and or changed as needed for stabilization and symptoms reduction.

Integration into the actual residential program is based on the resident’s ability to actively participate in each level of their activity.

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT

We at Life’s Journey Center take pride in providing highly individualized treatment by embracing a clinical, holistic approach in conjunction with the 12-step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous. With therapeutically intensive treatment modalities of care tailored to specific needs, we strengthen the recovering individual’s emerging sobriety, spiritual healing, and improved value to self, family and community.

RELAPSE PREVENTION

By creating increased awareness around addictive behaviors, mood disorders and personal issues, we assist each patient in learning how to manage life without the dependence upon mood altering chemicals and/or the display of self-sabotaging obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by an overwhelming desire to continue taking a drug that produces a particular effect. This may include any type of mood altering substances and often used to alter one’s mental status. Some drugs are legal and may be prescribed by a doctor and street drugs, i.e., illicit drugs that may be obtained on the black market, yet when abused both have the same harmful result. This is when the individual becomes psychologically and physically dependent creating a compulsion to increase the intake and obtain the drug by any means.

Once the addiction takes over the individual ingests the addictive substances for the purpose of obtaining temporary relief of their perceived physical and emotional pain to mask their intolerable reality.

TREATMENT GOALS

A goal oriented treatment schedule is customized around each resident’s personal progress in recovery. The therapy options include work with a primary counselor, small group sessions, spiritual enlightenment, educational videos, lectures on various topics, and recreational therapy within the facility. Life’s Journey Center’s residents apply these personally learned meaningful ways of interacting within the community and continue their journey through sobriety.

GENDER SPECIFIC AND INTERGENERATIONAL PATTERNS

Life’s Journey Center staff assists adult women and adult men in defining attitudes and behaviors that may create conflict within relationships. Each is presented with a place of safety giving them the opportunity to identify and process counterproductive thought patterns, negative behaviors and actions. Healthy relationships between men and women need to be taught in recovery. Life’s Journey Center’s staff helps men and women identify their needs, teaches them to use their voice and value their life in recovery.

Individualized treatment is essential for men and women. Men and women have differences of opinions, needs, and desires. Education on various topics such as healthy communication, anger management and life skills in recovery create awareness, support and proper guidance through the process of recovery. Separation of gender only brings division and uncertainty. Unification of the gender calls for amicable expression of concerns, identification of needs, and empowerment for each individual. This will generate positive changes and reintegration with family and community.

CONJOINT FAMILY SESSIONS

These sessions are designed to provide an emphasis on developing coping strategies for anxiety management and stress reduction. The individual gains the opportunity for enhancing family communication and conflict resolution in a safe and therapeutic environment with staff supervision and guidance.

THERAPEUTIC AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Various Mediation Techniques.
  • Aqua Aerobics.
  • Swimming.
  • Traditional Weight Training.

COMPULSIVE GAMBLING

Life’s Journey Center provides a safe therapeutic environment where addiction and a wide range of gambling behaviors are addressed. Pathological gambling is considered an addictive disorder where the gambler manifests’ social and financial stressors on self and family. Moderate to severe and pathological gambling problems often mimic negative behaviors with commonalities to those who have substance addictions.

The healing process begins with diagnostic assessments, education on compulsive gambling, relapse prevention strategies and a wide range of stress reduction techniques. Residents learn about the potential for cross addiction, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution and problem solving techniques as part of the daily accomplishments.

Family conjoint sessions support the continuing recovery. Life’s Journey Center provides awareness around all self help groups and encourages the resident to select the one that resonates with them.

EATING DISORDERS

Life’s Journey Center recognizes that even though eating disorders are more common in women, there are many men that are also afflicted with this disorder. Anorexia Nervosa is when the individual restricts food intake and is preoccupied and terrified of gaining weight. Unlike Anorexia Nervosa – Bulimia Nervosa is a disorder distinguished by eating binges. Often this behavior is followed by unhealthy purging activities, induced vomiting, and the inappropriate use of laxatives, diuretics and diet pills to prevent weight gain. Both disorders are characterized with the individual’s distorted perception of body size, shape and weight. Eating Disorders are progressive, addictive, dangerous and potentially fatal.

At Life’s Journey Center our program encourages the development of healthy association with food, nutritionally balanced meals, and positive body image with fitness goals appropriate to the individual needs. Our focus is on healthy communication, the development of coping skills to deal with day-to-day stressors, as well as working on the development of a spiritual foundation to help create acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment.

COMPREHENSIVE BILINGUAL SERVICES

Life’s Journey Center is culturally sensitive and provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of the bilingual population. HABLAMOS ESPANOL.

FAMILY TREATMENT COMPONENT

Individualized treatment plans are designed to provide a safe and open communication with family and loved ones. The healing process of recovery offers family conjoint sessions which are designed to maximize effective treatment and reconciliation with loved ones. The resident engages with loved ones and shares self awareness and an ability to communicate their understanding of the addictive disorder and relapse prevention. Loved ones are invited to express their love, concerns and support in a safe and healing environment. Options for ongoing recovery are based on each person’s individual needs and ability to participate.