A Wise Retreat offers a holistic approach to a new beginning!
We are staffed by some of the leading professional drug and alcohol specialist, therapist, and licensed counselors in the West Coast. We are a comprehensive, six bed women’s facility and only enroll a select few in order to ensure that each client receives the quality care and individual attention needed to successfully navigate the roads to recovery.
At A Wise Retreat we believe that the mind, body and spirit are one and they must be treated as one. That is why we offer a unique blend of evidence base, client centered and holistic treatment such as; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; bio chemical Re-balancing, Strength Based Art Therapy; Yoga & Meditation; Group Counseling; Nutrition and Exercise & Wellness classes. We realize that the whole family is affected by the disease of addiction, and we specialize in family treatment using CRAFT Therapy techniques. Our treatment program in inclusive of the family to ensure that both client and their loved ones get the support they need to successfully transition into a new life free of drugs and alcohol. A life filled with balance, peace and harmony, a life you and your family so rightfully deserve.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches people to recognize moods, thoughts and situations that cause drug cravings and other addictive behavior. A therapist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques helps a person avoid these triggers and replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthier ones.Since the skills learned using cognitive-behavioral therapy can last a lifetime, CBT is a powerful, evidence-based treatment for drug abuse. A 2011 study found that CBT, either alone or as an adjunct to medication, is an effective technique in the prevention of relapse. Another study found that CBT is helpful in treating bulimia. Other research shows that group and individual CBT are associated with significant and clinically meaningful reductions in adolescent substance use.
Like other diseases, the disease of addiction affects more than just you—it affects the entire sphere of family and friends. Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is designed to help family members improve communication and resolve their conflicts. Since addiction is a family disease, it is important for other members of the family to receive treatment so that they can deal with specific issues relating to the family member’s substance abuse, or other problems. We find that about 90 percent of family members want to be involved in the treatment of their loved one.Our family therapy program is designed to help family members gain awareness and understanding, so that they can learn how to best support their loved one and themselves. Family therapy may include all or only some family members. We work with our client to work on individual family issues and also provide education and support for the client’s significant others.
Meditation can help improve mental concentration and clarity, reduce anxiety and depression, and promote a deep sense of inner peace. Through meditation, those in recovery can connect with their spirituality and rediscover new passions. Meditation also offers a healthy way to relieve anger and stress, often experienced by people in recovery. Clients struggling with insomnia may find that meditation relaxes the body and clears the mind of worries and anxious thoughts. For clients with chronic pain, meditation can help with pain management, teaching them to divert attention and regain control over their body’s responses.Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focusing attention on one’s breathing and internal bodily sensations. Researchers have found that the “present-moment focus” that mindfulness meditation enables can improve well-being by allowing awareness of emotions, thoughts and sensations that arise in the mind without judgment or re-activity.
Nutrition, Exercise & Well Being
A balanced diet is essential to lasting recovery. Most clients are malnourished at the time of their admittance, so it is important to restore them to physical health through nutrition. Nutritional counseling helps clients learn how to make healthy food choices, which is important in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Foods that are high in nutrients can help rebuild damaged tissues and organs and improve functioning of the nervous and gastrointestinal systems. Research has also shown that a diet that is rich in protein and the right kind of carbohydrates can reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs. Food also affects our moods, so getting enough folic acid and B vitamins is essential to improving mood. Sugar and caffeine can contribute to mood swings, so it is important for those in recovery to avoid both as much as possible. Clients will learn beneficial information like this through nutritional counseling.
Art helps restore physical, mental and emotional well-being. Some clients in rehab who have difficulty communicating verbally may be able to use art therapy to express themselves. This type of therapy can help in resolving issues, identifying and managing feelings and behaviors, and improving awareness and self-esteem. Research has found that art therapy can be a beneficial treatment for psychiatric disorders. Art therapy uses traditional forms of art, such as painting in oils or acrylics, watercolors, drawing, music, and dance, as well as a variety of other types of visual art expression. Art therapy is reflective, dynamic, interactive methodology of self-discovery, emotional awareness, insight and decision making that helps participants better define and create the life they want to live. At A Wise Retreat we encourage our clients to bring their talents with them, inspire them to discover new talents and empower them to find lost talents.