Substance addiction can be defined as continuing to use a substance even though it brings pain and negative consequences.
Recovery from substance addiction can be defined as the relief that comes from mastering the skills and developing manageability over the underlying emotional dysregulation that drives addiction as a coping mechanism.
The Evolution Group approaches substance addiction from a holistic point of view. We recognize that addiction develops as a coping mechanism. We help you to develop new coping mechanisms and skills so that you have a choice in how you wish to cope with difficult emotions. We work with you to restore and maintain balance in your life.
Addiction is a learned coping mechanism, developed out of a need for emotional regulation and balance. Over time addiction becomes a complex kind of brain trauma or syndrome that once developed is often difficult to manage without help. Addiction can be to alcohol, drugs, as well as to other compulsive behaviors.
By the time a person comes in for treatment, these behaviors have become compulsive, that is, they are unmanageable and out of control. In order to successfully intervene, they must be carefully assessed across the body, mind, emotion, and spirit continuum.
Treatment begins with culturally relevant comprehensive assessment and treatment planning with the input of a multi-disciplinary team including the client, partner, family, referring treatment providers and individual and group therapists, in order to determine the correct level of care and to tailor treatment to the individual.
Once an individual has been able to attain sobriety or recovery from addiction, the job of maintaining recovery begins. This is not an easy task since the distraction in our society of alcohol and other drugs are plentiful and use is widespread around us.
Relapse prevention reinforces the concepts of recovery and provides support for recovering individuals to continue to work on integrity recovery and change.
This therapy focuses on awareness and strategies to avert past patterns of use and past relapse experiences, as well as identification of warning signs and triggers, and active development of planning and preventative techniques so that the individual has a premeditated strategy for relapse prevention.