Through individual, group, and family therapy sessions, clients get to learn more deeply about themselves and the roots of their addictive behaviors. All psychotherapy focuses on the relationship the individual has with him or herself, how this relationship has been distorted by addiction, and how it can be restored through the process of recovery.
Our psychotherapists are experienced clinicians who respect the individuality of each client and use research-based, proven techniques to help clients understand themselves, choose new behaviors, and make healthier life-style choices.
Individual psychotherapy provides a one-on-one relationship where clients can face themselves with more privacy and with more personal attention from the therapist. In this setting clients are encouraged to be curious about and friendly towards the parts of themselves that are unfamiliar or troubling and to take an honest look at the origins of their addictive behaviors. Group therapy provides an environment where clients begin to replace their addiction with healing, authentic human relationships. Family therapy gives clients and their families a chance to discuss how the the family can move beyond addiction and to prepare for the transition from residential living to outpatient treatment.
The practice of yoga and meditation is a deep awareness practice, a conscious union of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is now considered to be one of the most popular forms of exercise in the United States. In addition, it has been shown to be clinically effective in the treatment of many conditions, from heart disease to chemical dependency. More and more doctors and therapists are encouraging their patients and clients to adopt yogic and meditative practices as an essential component of their recovery process.
At Aspire we take full advantage of the potential and power of yoga, teaching our clients posture-based and breath-based techniques for stabilizing their bodies and minds, for overcoming the cravings, urges, anxiety, and depression that accompany post-acute withdrawal, and for experiencing inner peace and calm. Simply put, we teach yoga because it works. We believe that for most of our clients it will become an integral part of their recovery and their life-style after leaving Aspire.
Information is power! At Aspire you will learn from dynamic, masterful speakers teaching you the nuts and bolts of healthy, happy, integrated living. “Master Your Mind” distills the wisdom of eastern contemplative traditions into a practical guide for using your mind to conquer addiction and achieve personal excellence. “The Building Blocks of Happiness” utilizes the most recent and promising research into what makes human beings truly happy, teaching you skills that have been tested and documented to be effective. “Surviving and Thriving” is a firsthand account of what has worked in one man’s successful battle against addiction. Learn from someone who has made it through “the trenches” of recovery and has gone on to create a life of meaning and service.
We are proud to offer this exciting and powerful modality at Aspire! Craniosacral is gentle, hands-on, clothes-on bodywork that brings harmony and balance to the client’s nervous system and whole being.
In a subtle but undeniable way, craniosacral sessions help the client access a sense of well being within themselves that has always existed but may have been forgotten. Specifically, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated and balanced with the sympathetic system so the mind can slow down and focus. The client can then experience inner calm and a connection to the deepest parts of who they are. This tranquility and calmness becomes the foundation for the client’s long-term recovery, helping to reveal the person’s wisdom, intuition, and hopes and dreams for the future.
Acupuncture / Shiatsu
Another well-researched and effective body-based approach to treatment, acupuncture involves the insertion of very small, pre-sterilized needles into designated points on the skin. These acupuncture points are known to reduce cravings and anxiety, relieve pain, and improve digestion and sleep. Acupuncture is practiced all over the world and is recognized by the World Health Organization. It is now used in more than 2,000 addiction treatment programs across the country as well as in more than 40 other countries.
Most people find acupuncture very relaxing and because the needles are so small there is little-to-no discomfort involved in the treatment. Shiatsu is another form of therapeutic bodywork originating in Japan. It is designed to release physical and emotional tension. It also improves energy flow and circulation throughout the body. The shiatsu practitioner uses rhythmic compressions into the tissue creating a gentle range of motion. At Aspire clients receive acupuncture and shiatsu in the same 45-50 minute session while resting comfortably in reclining chairs.
Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese practice that teaches the practitioner how to channel life force energy, called qi, through the use of physical postures, breath techniques, and focused awareness. Like other mind-body disciplines from the East, qigong stabilizes the central nervous and glandular systems and expands the person’s awareness of themselves and their environments, creating an internal sense of flow and harmony.
Qigong is now used in many treatment settings, including recovery centers and VA hospitals and has been shown to have a calming, stabilizing effect on people suffering from mood disorders, PTSD, and addictions.
Case Management Services
From the start of your loved one’s stay at Aspire they will have the assistance of a Case Manager, the person who follows their progress through the program and makes sure they receive what is needed to be successful in their recovery. The case manager is responsible for preparing clients for life after the 28- day stay at Aspire, teaching them recovery skills and assisting them with aftercare planning. Case managers meet with each client individually at least once every week and also lead the “Recovery Skills” classes that teach the nuts and bolts of success during the aftercare phase of recovery.
Nature Walks / Field Trips
Research is showing that time spent in nature restores the mind and body to a more natural rhythm. You will be encouraged to spend time outside every day and our nature walk experiences will give you a time and a structure for doing this. Enjoy your connection to Mother Earth again through guided walking experiences that include: “Embodying Nature through the Six Senses”, “Healing Through Nature”, “Walking with the Breath”.
- Medical Supervision
- Medication Management
- Psychotherapy (individual, family and group)
- Qi Gong Instruction
- Recovery Skills Instruction
- Educational Groups
- Nature Walks
- Fitness Training
- Authentic Movement Classes
- Gender Specific Therapy Groups
- Case Management
- Aftercare Planning
- Arts and Crafts
- Vocational Support
- Pet Therapy
- Outdoor Recreation