C: Community A: Accountability R: Recovery I: Integration N: Needs G: Goals
Suffering addicts grappling with dependency issues become increasingly isolated. To sustain active addiction, the suffering addict invests an abundance of resources in protecting his or her right to use. To maintain the seeming sense of urgency to use, the addict creates separation, hiding from his or her community, and distancing himself/herself from family, friends, and loved ones. Establishing a community and developing a sense of belonging are primary elements required in successful treatment. The Westside Treatment community collaborates with family and other support systems in a client’s life to embrace the individual and allow him/her to develop a sense of belonging and being part of something meaningful. We offer weekly community groups and work closely to help our clients to access community support as well. Westside Treatment also maintains close contact with family and loved ones to help them learn how to best support their loved ones.
The suffering addict often struggles with meeting the day to day challenges of life. “Showing up” to the obligations and responsibilitiesof daily life can seem onerous and overwhelming for many. Another fundamental element of treatment involves taking responsibility for commitments and obligations. Attending to these often invokes frustration, anxiety, and loss of motivation. At Westside Treatment, we value the opportunities that help clients learn how to navigate historically challenging situations. By developing coping strategies, clients can remain engaged in the recovery process and walk through setbacks and difficulties as they arise. Our aim is to help our clients build a sense of personal responsibility by embracing their strengths, accepting their challenges, and honoring their commitments.
Successful treatment must include a comprehensive education and offer individuals the needed tools to arrest addiction. Our clients are educated about their diagnoses and the various triggers that aggravate addiction. Clients learn the value of accessing a wide array of coping resources including spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and 12-step support. Group and individual therapies provide relapse prevention and examine the various cognitive, emotional, familial,and historical issues that impact addictive behavior.
One of our primary missions at Westside Treatment is to help individuals integrate into the community in a manner that supports ongoing abstinence and life fulfillment. Experiences in school and work for many of our clients have often been fraught with stress and a feeling of defeat. Our aim is to help identify these barriers and provide our clients with the needed coping skills to address their particular issues around re-entry. Individuals are provided with assistance building resumes, searching for jobs, and preparing for interviews and applying to schools.
Clients who enter treatment have a host of life challenges. At Westside Treatment, each client is provided a comprehensive assessment that identifies both the individual’s challenges as well strengths. The assessment helps identify the gravity of the addiction, mental health symptoms, impact of life trauma, historical challenges, bereavement issues, relational and family issues, and vocational and educational needs. The assessment also includes a psychiatric evaluation and a comprehensive examination of barriers experienced in past treatment episodes. Upon completion of the initial assessment, clients are assigned a therapist and are assigned to individually tailored groups to address their challenges.
Effective treatment must demonstrate growth and hope. At Westside Treatment, each client, in collaboration with his/her clinician, will identify treatment goals. The treatment goals are evaluated routinely. Clients are offered education and skills to address their individualized goals. Clients work closely with their therapists to help address challenges in the process of meeting their goals. Our group sessions also assist clients in addressing their goals. Group treatments include relapse prevention, healthy relationships, anger management, stress reduction, mindfulness, art therapy, drama therapy, yoga, and a variety of other topics. When indicated, we also help individuals address issues of trauma and emotional dysregulation by providing somatic therapies, and DBT.