Explanations of Our Therapy Groups
Safe Harbor Treatment Center was founded on the principles and beliefs of 12-step programs. A key component to these principles and successful recovery is incorporating spiritual practices and awareness. Without this important piece, we have found that long-term recovery can be precarious. Therefore, Safe Harbor Treatment Center has implemented services that will enhance and support this important part of one’s journey.
Spirituality brings to each individual the understanding that he/she is not alone; that each is part of a greater existence. Through prayer, meditation and spiritual counsel, each individual is given the tools to remember their connection with a higher power that is active within and around them. We believe that each individual has the capacity to transform his/her own life and support others in doing the same. We utilize the tools of guided meditation, prayer, life visioning, intention setting and affirmations, which enable our clients to tap into their own inner strength, wisdom, and healing qualities.
We believe that our clients have within them everything they need to thrive and live a life of wholeness. Healing occurs in the remembering – remembering the truth of one’s spiritual self and who they are created to be. Whether a client has an established spiritual practice or they are struggling to discover their belief, Safe Harbor will guide individuals to a deeper understanding or support them in identifying a spiritual understanding of their own.
Relationships can trigger intense emotions that are often difficult to manage in a healthy way, particularly in early recovery. Clients may not be aware of this so the goal of this process is to increase awareness and allow them to begin to care for themselves and their needs.
Healthy relationship groups focus on supporting clients in identifying relationships that may present challenges, ways to navigate challenges as well as what constitutes a “healthy relationship”. We teach our clients the skills needed for establishing and setting healthy boundaries as well as what it means to ask for what they need from the people in their lives. Clients will learn that setting boundaries is an act of self-care. Clients will practice these skills within the group setting as well as individually with the support of Case Managers and Therapists.
We believe that creative outlets endlessly nurture the expressive needs of the soul. Creative outlets are known for their enhancement of recovery. By allowing the free flow of mental process, individuals gain insight, experience tranquility and enjoy a reduction in stress.
Art can be a healing tool capable of creating life-enhancing clarity. Our Art Expressionist provides clients with an assortment of material and mediums for exploration. Whether or not you believe you are an artist, we encourage you to be open minded and explore your creative side. You might surprise yourself!
Mindfulness Practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition is utilized to achieve higher levels of consciousness and has also been found to be effective in reducing symptoms in a variety of conditions, including:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Substance Use Disorders
- Process Addictions
Mindfulness is a kind of non-elaborative, non-judgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling or sensation that arises is acknowledged and accepted for exactly what it is. This practice is about acceptance rather than resistance. Learning to acknowledge thoughts and feelings without becoming emotionally “attached”.
Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation, motivation and concentration to organically create subconscious changes in thought patterns. Guided Imagery is frequently used in this group, depending on the needs of the community at that time. It is common for individuals who are recovering from an addiction to experience distressing feelings such as panic attacks, jealousy, anger, guilt, anxiety and inadequacy. Hypnotherapy is an approachable, proven option to help members heal from these negative thoughts or behaviors.
Meditation is offered at Safe Harbor both in a group and individual setting. Meditation can be a powerful tool when dealing with stress, past experiences, self-discovery and even relapse. Each morning our Spiritual Director will guide clients through a 30-minute session of morning meditation. Clients will read from inspirational material and contemplate. Morning meditation offers individuals the opportunity to set and focus on their intention for the day. Meditation supports our philosophy of holistic healing and can become a vital part of healthy living.
This group is essential to giving our clients the tools they need to enter back into society without returning to their addictions. Through literature, videos, and hand-selected workbooks, clients will learn about the relapse process, including what signs and symptoms they might expect to run into and understanding their triggers.
Relapse Prevention educates clients on dealing issues and stressors which they are likely to experience in their everyday life, and alternative tools or activities they can use to avoid a potential relapse. The goal we have set for every one of our clients is to re-enter into society as a productive individual who is confident in their self-worth and recovery.
This group is an important opportunity for clients to regularly process feelings, emotions and experiences and receive feedback, not only from the facilitator, but from their peers as well. Safe Harbor’s Process Groups are based on the idea that individuals intuitively possess the resources for their own personal growth and healing but are blocked by anxiety, depression, trauma and chemical dependency. We create a space where the group members are free to process their feelings and judgments, and share feedback with each other while gaining support from their peers.
Through studying “The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the clients at Safe Harbor learn to understand the principles of unconditional love, self-acceptance, unity and service. According to The Big Book, “the main problem of the alcoholic enters his mind, not his body.” (A.A., 23) We strive to teach men and women how to turn their will and their life over to the care of a spiritual entity. In turn, this encourages them to step outside of themselves and to learn to support each other. “Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.” (A.A., 20)
Nutrition groups are centered around education. Our clients will be taught how to properly fuel their bodies, what role particular vitamins and minerals play in early recovery, and how to maintain health and energy levels. Often, during active addiction, poor attention is paid to food selection and diet. More often than not, clients have neglected their bodies and nutritional health. A return to a healthy way of living includes diet. Understanding the importance of consuming fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains assists clients in making better dietary choices. Clients are invited to discuss any nutritional concerns and struggles as well as related health issues.
We invite you to reach out to a member of our team as soon as you are ready. Our Admissions Department is kind and patient, as we understand the stress and fear you may be experiencing. You have made a courageous decision and we are here to support you 24 hours a day.