Each form of experiential therapy that we offer is administered by trained and licensed clinicians.
In addition to the very best traditional therapies offered for addiction recovery, Sprout Health New Jersey also offers experiential therapies that can help increase a patient’s lifespan and quality of life. We can teach them to center themselves in a calming atmosphere, and discover problems that can be found deep within their subconscious memories.
One of the major goals of experiential therapy is to promote calmness and a sense of control. Individuals arrive at a belief level where they can see themselves solving life’s problems once their treatment has concluded. Experiential therapies allow them to start reconnecting with emotions suppressed by addiction. Through a reconnection with their subconscious, patients can look forward to a better future when armed with the correct emotional responses.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
There is a relationship between thought, feeling, and behavior. The goal of cognitive therapy is to work with a person to uncover their unhealthy thought patterns, and show them how those patterns are the result of self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. Once these thought patterns are addressed, the individual can work toward developing thought patterns that will produce positive behaviors and results.
CBT can help a client replace thoughts of low self-esteem with positive beliefs about their self. Clinical treatment helps patients to learn how to replace negative thoughts with those that are positive. The hope is that positive thinking will become a habit, and produce positive behavioral results.
Many of the challenges an addicted person faces could have started from home and around other family members. This is not to say that blame is placed on the family, but that they could be playing an active role in their loved one’s addiction. Family therapy is administered by clinical professionals that include a licensed therapist, clinical social worker, or psychologist. Practitioners usually have a graduate or postgraduate degree, and may also hold credentials by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), though membership is not required.
Not all family members of the addicted may be willing to participate. For those that do, therapy is usually short-term. The treatment plan will depend on the family’s involvement with the addicted person. Family members learn about their loved one’s addiction, and how to cope and survive difficult family times.
Being outdoors can work wonders for anyone, especially for someone fighting addiction. Therapy may include rock climbing, white water activities, hiking, backpacking, or any outdoors activities that help a person create a deeper bond with nature. A recovering individual can also experience teamwork, and what it means to take responsibility for their actions and to learn how their actions will impact others. Self-esteem, joy, and a sense of belonging can help speed a person toward recovery. Programs are designed for participants to develop skills and to utilize those skills to deal with difficult situations. What they learn through therapy can be drawn upon in real-life situations.
Yoga and Medication
While the Western world largely views Yoga as a means of developing fitness and flexibility, its Eastern origins have their roots in mental, physical, and spiritual practices. Yoga incorporates breathing, meditation, and postures. Practiced properly, it can help promote balance and harmony across mental, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional levels. Stress, illness, disorder, and accidents can offset a person’s inner sense of harmony. Yoga can help restore that person’s harmony.
Meditation can be as simple as breathing in and out. No one has to shave their head or dress in a certain manner. No one has to join a certain religious sect. It is a natural process whereby all you have to do is sit quietly and become aware of your breathing. Meditating ten minutes a day has been known to work wonders for people under stress.
Neurofeedback helps doctors to understand neurological issues that result from stroke, brain surgery, concussions, sleep problems, PTSD, movement disorders, and Parkinson Disease etc. It allows medical specialists to gain a better understanding of where the brain is functioning, or not functioning properly. Neurofeedback can help locate neural dysregulations and seeks to find the cause of a symptom. It looks to discover the pathways that are dysregulated or over-activated. The best variety of methods and equipment can then be chosen to provide the best solutions for a patient’s needs.
Group therapy can be quite effective for helping a person recover from addiction. Therapy groups are usually comprised of six to eight people. The group meets face-to-face with one or several people who are trained at facilitating therapy sessions. Members share their own feelings and listen to what others have to share. Group members have a chance to listen and openly provide feedback. Group sessions are confidential and members agree not to identify other members or repeat what others members share outside their group.
Some patients respond well to therapies that allow patients to interact with horses. Activities can involve grooming, feeding, and leading a horse. All activities are supervised by a mental health professional, and with a professional who is an expert at managing horses. The equine therapist has an opportunity to interact and observe the patient’s behavior, actions, thoughts, and emotions throughout the interaction. Patients learn to take better care of themselves by taking care of horses in this manner. It has been noted that bonding with horses helps patients develop a sense of personal accomplishment