Alcoholism Treatment Center
Your reason for getting sober may be the simple realization that life is not working anymore. But where do you start? How do you know what steps to take when you’ve already tried everything you know, and it’s still not working? Why go to an alcoholism treatment center?
At SouthCoast Recovery's alcoholism treatment center, we offer a variety of workshops on life skills and substance abuse education. Our skilled counselors will lead you on a journey of self-discovery where you learn to make better choices, ultimately leading to a life in sobriety full of purpose and happiness.
“How you view your world is a learned response. The world you live in, including the experiences of your body, is completely dictated by how you have learned to perceive it. If you change your perception, you change the experience of your body and the world you live in.” ~ Dennis Larkin
Twelve Step Core Alcohol Program
The 12-step model is the most widely recognized and successful basis for recovery in the treatment community and forms the core of our alcohol program. It is founded on the principle of reliance on a power greater than yourself, whatever you define that power to be. We recognize that people come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and experiences. Relying on something besides yourself is not new to you – you’ve probably been relying on drugs and alcohol for years. We don’t dictate a particular belief but we will build on what you believe. We combine the 12-step methodology with the finest clinical & medical care and advance holistic processes for lifelong renewal of mind, body and spirit.
The following is a partial description of workshops that may be included as part of your individual treatment plan but is by no means complete:
Twelve Step Study
One step is addressed each week, in order, consisting of a description of the step, an explanation of what the step is for, and how to work the step. This is followed by a process group where the step is discussed and explored. At the same time, we encourage a dialogue between a resident's sponsor and our program to ensure we are all moving in the same direction and in synch with the sponsor's specific program. The sponsor and client are regarded as a long term relationship. Our relationship with the client, though formative, is a temporary one and we plant the seeds for behavior leading to long term sobriety.
Relapse is a medical term describing the returning signs and symptoms of a disease after apparent recovery. It is not unusual for relapse to occur in the early stages of sobriety, but it doesn’t have to be part of your story. Although we provide every means necessary to prevent relapse, it can be a learning tool that indicates more work needs to be done to maintain sobriety. We show you how to identify relapse triggers and prevent acting on them early in the program in order to help you avoid the trap. Relapse can be attributed to physical cravings, chemical imbalance or emotional distress, such as living outside your value system. Our Relapse Prevention Workshop covers all aspects of relapse, including: The definition of relapse; Relapse myths; 12 behaviors that lead to relapse; 11 red flags to watch for; 11 suggestions for heading off a relapse; 9 situations that lead to relapse; and what to do if you relapse. Addiction is a progressive disease that is always waiting in the wings. Whether you’ve got 30-days or 30-years, continued vigilance is the price of sobriety.
This workshop explores values identification. You’ll work through a 3-step process to identify your six most important core values, such as courage, honesty or leadership, and then write a statement to clarify what each one means to you. Working with your six primary core values, this workshop helps you identify positive areas (+) and areas that need work (-). This helps you determine what’s most important to you in deciding the future direction of your life. It is one of the cornerstones in building a foundation for successful long-term recovery.
"If your values are in line with your behaviors there is a good chance that the stress that caused you to use in order to avoid feelings will not be there, but first you must know what those values are."
Recurring Life Themes
Identifying certain topics in your life that seem to appear over and over in a recurring theme will help you become conscious of your beliefs. Your beliefs determine your behaviors, even if you’re not aware of them. You may be operating from beliefs that were instilled in you by a parent or teacher, and are no longer in line with your core values. Once you become aware of your core beliefs, you can determine whether they are contributing to or sabotaging your happiness. Through one-on-one and group counseling, you’ll have the opportunity to redefine your beliefs so they serve you in the new life you are building.
How did I get here? We all have key turning points in our life that add to our beliefs and self-perception. Many of these may have happened at a very young age and are no longer relevant, yet we carry them around with us. Outside events very often are internalized and they change who we are on the inside. These can become scars that still need to be healed. Defining people and events that may have ultimately contributed to your substance abuse will help you understand and identify triggers that could lead you back to abusing drugs and alcohol. This helps us tailor a relapse prevention plan for you that will help you build a successful life in recovery and avoid the pitfalls of relapse.
Our Baggage Carts
Most of us come into recovery with a lot of emotional baggage. Denial is the central organizing principle we work around in addictions, and while this is true, shame is more often the phenomena that people need to recover from. Shame is the belief that there is something inherently wrong with who or what we are. Even if it was your loved ones who helped get you here, you may still be carrying a lot of emotional weight from your family of origin. Most relationships and families have some dysfunctional dynamics. It helps to realize that everyone is doing the best they know how to do, regardless of how inadequate that may seem to you. No one is perfect. The physical and emotional damage wrought on you from the past may weigh heavily, but at SouthCoast Recovery you have the opportunity to address related issues in a safe, supportive environment with caring, qualified professionals.
It's hard to really listen to other people. It's easier to space out, to rehearse your reply, to filter the content for danger signs, to collect evidence for your own opinions, to pass judgment, and so on. But listening is the most important of all the communication skills that can create and preserve intimacy. When you listen well, you understand others better, you stay closely in tune, you enjoy the relationship more, and you know without mind reading why others say and do things. There is a lot more to listening than merely being quiet while other people talk. Real listening is distinguished by your intention. If your intention is to understand, enjoy, learn from, or help your partner, then you are really listening,and as a result, helping yourself be heard/understood as well.
For many people, real listening is rare. They indulge in pseudo listening. This is when your intention is not to understand, enjoy, learn, or help. You will gain experience identifying and working with blocks that you are using to avoid listening to others. We will cover: Advising, Rehearsing, Sparring, Filtering, Being Right, Judging, Derailing, Daydreaming, and Placating.
Slight Edge Philosophy
If you were to improve just .003% each day – 3/10 of one percent – and you kept that up for five years, here’s what would happen: The first year, you would improve 100%. The second year, you would improve 200%. The third year, 400%. And the fourth, 800%. By the end of the fifth year, simply by improving 3/10 of one percent each you, you will have magnified your value, your skills, and your results by 1,600%. That is the slight edge philosophy. Of course, the opposite is true too. If you’re not moving forward then you’re moving backward, and if you’re abusing drugs and alcohol the likelihood that you’ll be successful is slim to none. We’ll teach you how to apply the Slight Edge Philosophy to improve your life, one baby step at a time.