What is Aviary’s Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment?

Aviary Recovery Center uses a treatment approach focused on caring for the whole person and integrating addiction treatment, nutritional balance, emotional health, physical wellness, spirituality, and psychiatric health into recovery.

Comprehensive Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment

A comprehensive assessment by one of our licensed professionals will help us build your personalized recovery plan. Knowing your strengths, challenges, and usage habits will give us insight into how to tap into what makes you the unique individual you are to help you build resiliency and persevere through challenging times.

4 Key Elements of a Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery:

  1. Addresses the physical
  2. Supports mental and emotional well-being
  3. Nurtures spiritual health
  4. Focus on building a strong support network

Benefits of Benefits of a Holistic Approach in Addiction Recovery

  • Promotes long-term recovery: By addressing the various aspects of addiction, a holistic approach increases the chances of lasting success.
  • Empowers individuals: It equips individuals with a variety of tools and strategies to manage their recovery and reclaim control over their lives.
  • Improves overall well-being: A holistic approach addresses not just addiction but also physical and mental health, leading to a better quality of life.
  • Provides deeper healing: It helps individuals connect with their inner selves, discover their strengths, and find meaning and purpose in their lives.

Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment and Co-Occurring Disorders

While alcohol and drug addiction is the primary reason people come to us for treatment, underlying co-occurring issues can often be stumbling blocks to recovery. To address these challenges, our doctorate- and master’s-level clinicians draw from a variety of treatment approaches.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addiction Recovery

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used and effective approach for treating addiction. Unlike traditional methods that solely focus on behavior modification, CBT delves deeper into the underlying thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to substance use.

Promoting Long-Term Success in Addiction Recovery:

  • CBT is not a quick fix, but a structured and active process that teaches individuals skills for lifelong recovery. It emphasizes relapse prevention by helping them identify potential triggers and develop strategies to cope with them effectively.
  • By empowering individuals to take control of their thoughts and behaviors, CBT fosters a sense of self-efficacy and confidence, enabling them to navigate challenging situations without resorting to substance use.

Benefits of CBT for Addiction:

  • Evidence-based approach: CBT is supported by extensive research and proven effective in treating a wide range of addictions.
  • Focuses on underlying causes: By addressing the cognitive and emotional aspects of addiction, CBT offers a more holistic approach to recovery.
  • Teaches practical skills: Individuals learn valuable coping mechanisms that can be applied in various situations, promoting long-term success.
  • Empowers individuals: CBT focuses on building self-awareness and self-efficacy, empowering individuals to manage their recovery and make healthy choices.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Addiction Recovery

Navigating Difficult Emotions

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that has emerged as a powerful tool for individuals struggling with addiction and various mental health conditions. Unlike traditional therapies that mainly focus on behavior modification, DBT takes a unique perspective, emphasizing emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Benefits of DBT for Addiction:

  • Reduced cravings and relapse: DBT helps individuals build the skills needed to manage triggers and cravings proactively, leading to a decreased risk of relapse.
  • Improved emotional well-being: By learning to understand and regulate their emotions, individuals experience reduced emotional distress and anxiety, fostering a greater sense of well-being.
  • Stronger relationships: DBT skills facilitate improved communication and boundary setting, strengthening relationships with loved ones and supporting a supportive network.
  • Increased self-acceptance: DBT emphasizes validation and acceptance of both positive and negative emotions, encouraging self-compassion and reducing shame associated with addiction.
Motivational Interviewing in Addiction Recovery

What is Motivational Interviewing? 

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a powerful and evidence-based therapeutic technique that can be particularly effective in supporting individuals struggling with addiction recovery. Unlike traditional methods that focus on telling people what to do, MI takes a collaborative approach, empowering individuals to explore their own motivations for change and make their own decisions about their recovery journey.

  • Building Rapport: MI prioritizes creating a safe and supportive space where individuals feel heard and respected. The therapist adopts a non-judgmental and empathetic attitude, fostering open communication and trust.
  • Exploring Ambivalence: Addiction often involves conflicting desires – the urge to use versus the desire for a better life. MI acknowledges this ambivalence and helps individuals explore both sides, understanding the complexities behind their choices.
  • Eliciting Change Talk: Through open-ended questions and active listening, the therapist encourages individuals to express their own reasons for wanting to change and their hopes for the future. This “change talk” is crucial for fostering intrinsic motivation and commitment to recovery.
  • Rolling with Resistance: MI recognizes that resistance to change is normal and often stems from fear, uncertainty, or lack of confidence. The therapist avoids confrontation and instead uses collaborative strategies to gently address resistance and move the conversation forward.
  • Developing Goals: The therapist and the individual work together to set achievable and personalized goals for recovery. These goals are based on the individual’s values, interests, and aspirations, ensuring they are meaningful and sustainable.

Benefits of MI for Addiction:

  • Increased Motivation: By focusing on intrinsic motivation rather than external pressure, MI helps individuals develop a deep desire for change, leading to improved adherence to treatment and long-term success.
  • Reduced Resistance: The collaborative and non-judgmental approach of MI minimizes resistance and defensiveness, fostering a more productive and positive therapeutic relationship.
  • Empowerment and Self-Efficacy: MI empowers individuals to take ownership of their recovery and make their own decisions, promoting self-confidence and a sense of control.
  • Improved Life Quality: By addressing the underlying motivations and contributing factors to addiction, MI helps individuals experience positive changes not only in their substance use but also in various aspects of their lives.
Trauma-Responsive Approaches in Addiction Recovery

Healing Beyond Addiction

Trauma and addiction are often intertwined, with trauma experiences increasing the risk of developing substance use disorders as a coping mechanism. Recognizing this connection, trauma-informed approaches are emerging as powerful tools in addiction recovery. These approaches go beyond simply treating addiction and focus on the underlying trauma that may be contributing to it.

Understanding the Connection between Trauma and Addiction:

  • Trauma-informed approaches acknowledge the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain, nervous system, and emotional well-being. They recognize how trauma can lead to feelings of fear, shame, and isolation, potentially driving individuals to seek solace in substances.
  • Therapists trained in trauma-informed care are equipped to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma and its impact on addiction behavior.

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Approaches:

  • Improved Recovery Outcomes: Studies show that trauma-informed approaches lead to better addiction treatment outcomes, including reduced relapse rates and improved mental health.
  • Empowerment and Healing: By addressing the trauma, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and develop the tools to heal and move forward.
  • Reduced Stigma: Trauma-informed approaches create a supportive environment that reduces stigma and shame associated with both addiction and trauma.
  • Holistic Recovery: These approaches address the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of addiction and trauma, promoting a more holistic and sustainable recovery.

Creating Positive Outcomes with Personalized Addiction Treatment Plans

We believe it is important to create a therapeutic alliance between the client and therapist for a positive outcome. Your personalized recovery plan is created by you and your primary therapist based on what you believe is at the center of your addiction. It will include the elements and relationships of your life that you feel are important to address. Our small group sizes allow for a greater opportunity for working through specific challenges of the individual while drawing from the experiences of the whole supportive group.

Components of Your Personalized Addiction Treatment Plan

The components built into your plan will be addressed in:

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