ADDICTION TREATMENT METHODOLOGIES AT
LIFE OF PURPOSE
We Treat Drug And Alcohol Addiction
In A Way You Might NOT Think
Florida Addiction Methodology
Our treatment approach is as unique as the clients we serve. We strive for client-centered, individualized care and fully involve each client in the creation of their treatment plan.
Our therapy staff is trained in multiple modalities and always provide care in line with best practices. Some of these modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused brief therapy, EMDR, and others.
Our goal is to help our clients create lasting and comprehensive recovery. We approach recovery holistically. Our view is that for a person to truly recover it means so much more than just discontinuing substance use. It means incorporating recovery of mental health, emotional health, physical health and spiritual health. The whole person needs to heal in the process of recovering from the discontinuation of substance use. Clients participate in nutrition groups with cooking demonstrations to help learn healthy life skills.
Our clients can participate in yoga and attend the gym to help learn more about physical health recovery. We use animal-assisted therapies and non-talk therapies to help clients become more centered and congruent. The goal of our therapy team is to help our clients to recover their lives and uncover their purpose.
For the Current Student:
College students are presented with unique challenges. These challenges can be positive and life-affirming, but they nonetheless require a capacity to tolerate change, identify priorities, and sustain motivation toward a goal.
Circumstances differ from person to person; this may be someone’s first time away from their family environment. For others, they may be returning to school later in life after an upheaval in their personal life. Some students may have to adjust to living on campus, while still others may have to commute from home and balance their studies with work. Students often have to take into consideration how they will finance their education, if their chosen major reflects their genuine interests and values, as well as having to think ahead about obtaining employment relative to their field of study. Alongside these pragmatic concerns often exists a profound time of personal exploration, changing identity and growing through peer relationships. For even a well-adjusted student, the college experience can be intense and challenge one’s ability to adapt and flourish in new situations.
Having an existing substance abuse issue, or developing one while at school, can take an already challenging situation and make it feel insurmountable. Students may have started using drugs and alcohol while in high school, and their use may worsen with increased independence, peer influence and autonomy from family. Others may find that even though they did not use substances in high school, their new environment or friends may encourage experimentation and opportunities for seemingly endless social events. While parties and social gatherings are to be generally expected at this stage of a person’s development, binge drinking and drug use can set the stage for compromised judgement and potentially traumatic events.
Still others might largely reject social situations, but still use substances to self-medicate growing academic pressures or co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, body image and mood disorders. While for many people, college is an opportunity to clarify goals and work toward creating a meaningful future career, for those with substance abuse issues, it can become a downward spiral of trying to manage high expectations while coping with significant inner turmoil. Like all those who struggle with substance use disorders, a student may also find themselves in a vicious cycle of using substances to manage their lives while substance use result in more and more issues to manage.
Fortunately, many schools and treatment programs are identifying the increased vulnerability for this population. At Life of Purpose, we have a clear understanding of how difficult it can be to pursue your goals while struggling with addiction. In fact, we understand how addiction can ultimately come to replace a person’s goals as addictive behavior progresses. Our college specific curriculum addresses these and many other issues that face students, including but not limited to issues surrounding perfectionism, family dynamics, goal setting, identifying strengths, and more.
While important to receive well-rounded treatment that addresses general addiction issues (such as relapse prevention, how substances affect the brain, etc.) the staff at Life of Purpose is highly committed to providing the college student with individualized treatment that addresses issues specific to students. Our goal is to help each client find a sense of meaning and purpose, so that they are not simply putting alcohol or a drug down, but picking their dreams, aspirations and sense of self back up. Even if a client feels they never had a real sense of their own dreams and aspirations, even if a student is working toward a goal but perhaps still feels hollow and uninspired about their current path, we are here to help all clients create a sense of personal vision and motivation that we believe are indispensable to long-lasting recovery. Addiction is essentially to run away from yourself and your life; we believe that not only must a person stop running, but that they must have something to run toward.
Our college track will support you throughout your journey; at the beginning of treatment, your unique needs will be assessed. There is no one right course of action for everyone; based on input from yourself, your treatment team and your loved ones, a personalized plan will be developed to meets your needs at this point in your recovery. In addition to receiving traditional group and individual therapy, your treatment will include case management services to address the needs that may be overwhelming for you and your family. Your treatment team will help in communicating with your school to achieve positive outcomes, whether that means making requests to complete courses online, withdrawing for the semester, asking for extensions, etc. We will collaborate with your school as much as possible to allow you to focus on both recovery and staying on course with your dreams and goals, whatever they may be.
For the Potential Student:
Addiction is powerful; addiction can create devastating consequences in a person’s life, such as illness, legal issues, isolation and a lowered sense of self-worth. Perhaps even more devastating but not always as evident, addiction can obscure, deter or otherwise destroy an individual’s unique potential and waste their true gifts – what only that person can offer to the world. Life of Purpose strives not only to address and prevent consequences but to also familiarize and awaken our clients to their untapped talents and strengths.
For many people, drug and alcohol use started in adolescence, oftentimes before. Some people currently struggling with addiction did not have guidance from a loving, available and responsible caregiver, and even if they did, their environment, peers, and/or genetic predispositions may have had an influence and pull that even the most vigilant parent or caregiver can’t prevent. Yet others may have been subject to traumatic events or situations beyond their control and continue to self-medicate unresolved pain around those areas of their lives.
Ultimately, despite societal stigma and outdated beliefs, very few people choose to become addicted; the very nature of addiction is that we act in compulsive ways against our best interest. We experience a loss of our ability to choose. This experience can make a person feel that they are not only trapped in addiction and the suffering that comes with it, but that opportunities have also been wasted; we fear that our potential, gifts and actual purpose have been permanently lost.
Healing from addiction involves reclaiming and recovering this capacity to choose. In early recovery, a person engages the power of choice, for example, by going to meetings, checking themselves into treatment, or calling a sober hotline or Google community support groups. They can choose to use a coping skill, tolerate discomfort, or seek support instead of picking up a drink or a drug. After this initial period of stabilization, the conscious choice remains a central theme in the recovering person’s life. With the clarity of being clean and sober, an individual might be able to – perhaps for the first time in many years or possibly ever – truly consider what they want for themselves, what they can contribute to others and the world, and how they might go about doing it.
At Life of Purpose, we believe that creating and following a personal vision for one’s life is fundamental to recovery. If addiction is running away from life, then it is not enough to simply stop running. Eventually, we must choose what we want to run toward if recovery is to be fulfilling and long-lasting. In the spirit of this understanding, Life of Purpose offers a College/Professional Development Track for both current students and those looking to return to school or participate in other forms of career advancement. Our specialized curriculum ensures that individuals motivated to set goals in these areas receive group and individual treatment unique to them.
Clients on this track will also receive case management services so that they are working toward starting school or professional development both internally and externally. Depending on a client’s unique circumstances, an individual treatment plan will be developed based on a thorough evaluation of a client’s needs and goals. Your treatment plan will be developed with input from you, your treatment team, and any loved ones you allow to be involved in treatment.
Whereas one person may apply to a full-time trade school for the following year and focus exclusively on recovery for several months, another may take an online class one night per week while continuing to address and balance treatment and recovery needs. Whereas attempts to enroll in school or past interest in career development may have come to fruition due to feelings of overwhelm, your treatment team will be with you every step to help navigate this process and to provide encouragement and