Types of Treatment
Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes
they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment,
meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background
and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program
to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person
suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.
Surf therapy is a form of experiential treatment that helps patients deal
with the issues underlying addiction while connecting them with the natural
world. Patients learn to surf by training with certified surf instructors.
After they catch the last wave in, they gather on the beach to process
the experience with a therapist. Participants learn how to manage frustration,
increase tolerance, adopt perseverance, and build strength and self-confidence.
Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and
sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and
substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes
to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family
dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly
educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes
Types of Therapies
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on
the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and
feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol).
CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and
is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to
self-regulate. CMT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state,
become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without
needing to engage in substance abuse.
Sometimes we experience traumatic events and these events overwhelm the
physiology and neurobiology of our bodies resulting in Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder which can include symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks,
reckless behavior, and extreme efforts to avoid thoughts or feelings associated
with the traumatic events. Often times substance abuse begins or is escalated
after a traumatic event in an effort to self-soothe but in order for complete
recovery from substance abuse to be possible, these experiences need to
be resolved and processed in a safe, therapeutic environment. Luminance
is pleased to offer EMDR therapy to clients with PTSD symptoms or unresolved
traumatic experiences as apart of our service offerings. EMDR is well-researched,
proven therapeutic modality that works by creating new neural network
pathways associated with the traumatic events via bilateral stimulation
between each hemisphere of the brain either through eye movements, tapping,
or hand-held vibrating pulsars. For more information and the research
on EMDR used successfully to treat PTSD please visit:
Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat
patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more
than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s
life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.
In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist
or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment,
as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced
by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.
Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that
are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one
of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem
from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental
illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual
assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy
is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it,
with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.
Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one).
There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support
groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy
involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.
Equine therapy, aka equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is a form of experiential
therapy that involves interactions and activities with horses. It does
not necessarily involve riding horses, but all activities related to horses,
such as feeding, grooming, haltering and leading them. A mental health
professional frequently oversees the activities (often in conjunction
with a horse professional), and helps patients process their thoughts,
feelings, and behavior patterns during and/or after the interaction.
Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged
to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time
experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk
therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities,
movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play
or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy
can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply,
and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.
Luminance Recovery offer experiential groups in surfing and rock climbing.
Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order
to function successfully in the world. These include time management,
career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly
successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live
substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities
of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life,
and therefore sobriety.
Creative Arts Therapy
Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express
thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts
therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance,
theater, sand play, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product
matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.