Tag Archives: Elevate’s Approach To Treating Addiction

SMART Recovery-Informed Addiction Interventions
If it were easy for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol to get treatment on their own and become sober, there would be no need for interventions. However, because of the powerful nature of addiction, people become wrapped up like the prey of a spider, tightly bound in layers of silk and paralyzed to escape. Like prey waiting for death, a person who has the compulsion to continually use or abuse alcohol and drugs risks the destruction of their life…if they don’t get help. Oftentimes, a person needs someone to come along and break those binding webs through an intervention. “The family system ...

Evidence-Based Drug and Alcohol Treatment Is Essential to Safe, Successful Recovery
The Importance of Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment Practices Effective drug treatment approaches are designed to address the many facets of drug and alcohol addiction and how it affects the individual, their family and society as a whole. There are many types of evidence-based drug addiction treatment, and our knowledge about evidence-based practices evolves constantly as we learn more about addiction and how it affects the mind, body and spirit. Generally speaking, there are several guiding principles behind safe and effective evidence-based treatment programs. These include: Supportive Infrastructure The most effective addiction treatment programs have a supportive systems and structures approach. This means that many rehab ...

Elevate Staff and Clients Take Experiential Therapy Trip to Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA
At Elevate, even though we have an expansive, spread-out campus for clients in inpatient treatment, we still don’t believe in keeping our residents cooped up on the property. This is why experiential therapy is one of the core components of our holistic approach to treatment. On Halloween morning last month, we took more than 20 clients to the Mystery Spot, located just outside of the nearby city of Santa Cruz, California. Designated as a California historical landmark, the Mystery Spot is a “gravitational anomaly” situated on a rural, redwoods-covered hill. The gravity-defying spot itself spans 150 feet in diameter, and compasses ...

Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment vs. Traditional 12-Step Programs
Recovering from addiction is no small feat. Some people struggle with it their entire lives. Others have found a way to move on and live happy, sober lives. What separates the ones who continue to struggle with addiction versus those who have recovered? It’s not about having the strongest willpower, as some people think. Ultimately, successfully recovering from addiction requires finding the treatment approach that is best suited to your individual needs. There are many components of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, including: Clinical and Holistic Therapies Nutrition and Exercise Sobriety Education (such as relapse-prevention techniques) Individual and Group Therapy Peer Support Many addiction treatment centers use the 12-step ...

How Long Does Addiction Rehab Take?
When looking for a high-quality inpatient addiction treatment program, the length of the program is an important consideration to take into account to ensure a good fit. Here’s what you need to know when evaluating different types of treatment programs. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Rehab The majority of inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide a 30-day (or 28-day) program. This usually includes medically supervised detox, some form of therapy, and sobriety education. Long-term programs – usually 90 days or more – are on the rise as studies have emerged showing that relapse is less likely after programs that last three months or ...

Elevate Explores the Healing Power of Laughter
Laughter Is Good for the Soul Most of us have experienced how a simple smile from a stranger or the sound of a baby giggling can quickly lift your mood, but how does laughter actually effect the human body? Gelotology, referred to by some as the science of laughter, is the study of laughing and its psychological and physiological effects on the body. Studies in this field show that smiling and laughing not only improves physical health, but also has noticeably positive effects on mental well-being. Professors of psychology and physicians across the country have partaken in studies on laughter and found that laughing suppresses pain, helps boost the ...