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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stages Of Effective Young Adult Addiction Treatment Intervention

As much as we want to help the young adult in our life to overcome their substance abuse issues, our eagerness to do so may merely result in us enabling their habit. One of the most important first stages of interventions for young adult addiction treatment can also be the most difficult: simply being yourself and focusing on your own life, rather than running after your loved one, enabling them and cleaning up after their messes.

This first stage is vital for effective family interventions, forcing the young adult to confront their problems with alcohol or drugs and realize some of the very real consequences of their actions. Once the process begins of your loved one coming face to face with their own struggle with substance addiction, you should carefully research treatment programs, choosing the best and most appropriate that you can afford.

Once you have chosen a suitable young adult addiction treatment program, you'll need to get an intervention team together, and plan an intervention for when your loved one experiences a 'crisis' or is otherwise in urgent need of treatment. You are advised to hire an interventionist or intervention professional to lead and coordinate such a plan.

Contact Red Oak Recovery® about young adult addiction treatment, and we can refer you to a suitable interventionist or intervention professional. Once you have the right team together, you should talk about the plan so that everyone involved knows what will happen. Your intervention team should be told about how the young adult's addiction is affecting their life.

It's vital to motivate your loved one to seek treatment by not enabling or bailing them out of trouble unless treatment is immediately required. You should be ready to risk angering the young adult to help them to live independently, and plenty of patience may be needed as the addict gradually recognizes how their substance misuse and the adverse consequences in their life are connected.

When a crisis does happen - which may be after a romantic break-up, the loss of a job or another catastrophic life event, or even just you ceasing your past enabling - it's time to act. Pack their bags, get in touch with the treatment center and gather your intervention team together. Don't depend on every member of the group being available - swift action is essential. Communicate with the young adult in a simple and matter of fact way so that they agree to go to treatment.

Make sure, too, that you have chosen a young adult addiction treatment center that takes the right clinical approach - one that prizes the wellbeing of a person's mind, body and spirit. Together, you can join the many concerned people who have helped their loved ones through effective family interventions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nutritional Therapy IS Delicious

Clients celebrate the first harvet of the cucumbers and tomatoes
The hills are alive! But, not with the sound of music. No, they are alive with the sounds and colors of our garden. Whether it is the bees flying around the flowering plants, the wild turkeys puffing out their feathers, or the laughter of clients as they’re picking blueberries, there is always activity around the gardens. Afternoon rain showers and summer sun have nourished the fruits and vegetables into a lush bounty.

Red Oak Recovery®’s groundbreaking “Nutritional Therapy” program gives clients the opportunity to learn about seed-to-plate food preparation during gardening and cooking classes with executive chef Sharon D. Through the practice of planting, caring for and then harvesting this food they gain insight into the metaphor that the growth cycle becomes for their recovery process.

Should you happen to walk in at the beginning of meal time, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the clinking of forks on plates. Not only is the food delicious, it has been prepared with mindfulness. Using the freshly harvested Red Oak vegetables, clients and chef together, prepare healthy, conscientious recipes that nourish physical healing. Our menu has been specifically designed to address the nutritional needs of clients in recovery.

Not all blueberries make it to the kitchen!While you may not be able to join us for a meal, we’d like to share one of our lunch menus with you as well as a recipe for kale or Swiss chard chips.  As you enjoy, we encourage you to think about where your food comes from and how it’s grown.
Dark green vegetables provide clients essential minerals and vitamins

Here is a sample Red Oak lunch menu followed by our recipe for kale or Swiss chard chips (so delicious, you would never know they are healthy!):

Black Bean and Vegetable Stew

Fresh Baked Cornbread

Kale and Swiss Chard Chips

Garden Lettuce and Vegetable Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette    

Kale or Swiss Chard Chips 

Our summer garden is teeming with vegetables here at Red Oak!  This is a great use for our abundant dark green leafy vegetables – even people who say they do not like kale, love these chips!  Kale chips are all the rage right now, but try them with Swiss Chard too – they are delicious and loaded with nutrition!


1 bunch Kale or Swiss Chard
1 T. olive oil or coconut oil
Salt, fresh ground pepper, spices

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove the leafy part of the green from the stem and cut or tear the kale or chard into pieces roughly 3-4” square.  Wash the greens and then dry very thoroughly – the secret to crisp chips is dry greens!

Place the dried greens into a bowl and coat with the oil – lightly massage the greens to spread the oil throughout.

Spread the greens on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with spices, here are some variations to try:

 -plain olive or coconut oil and salt
 -olive oil, salt and pepper and a dusting of garlic powder and dried oregano
 -coconut oil, salt and a dusting of curry powder

Bake for 15 minutes and check them – rotate the pan, if necessary, to ensure even baking – the chips are ready when they are dark green and crispy.

The chips are so good, they rarely make it to the table!

Monday, August 18, 2014

How Adventure Therapy Can Help Young Adults Recover From Addiction

When you and your family are researching the appropriate substance addiction programs for your young adult, you may encounter references to adventure therapy and wonder what role it can play in assisting your loved one back to full health and well-being. Adventure therapy has been a prominent, distinct form of psychotherapy since the 1960s, with many learning and psychological theories underpinning it.

This experiential form of therapy has a proven record of helping to boost self-concept and self-esteem, and the principles are simple: by providing the young adult with serene surroundings, they can also remove themselves temporarily from daily life's usual distractions. They are therefore given vital time and space in which to reflect on their lives, habits and motivations. In this sense, adventure therapy can truly give your young adult the platform to build a new life.

Think of many of the comforts that your loved one normally lives with. Comfortable beds, computers and the warmth of indoors can all be taken for granted. Few of us, let alone substance addicted young adults, ever get truly back to basics. Adventure therapy makes exactly that possible.

While adventure activities are far from the only component of effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment, they are nonetheless key to psychologically distancing a young adult from their overly familiar life back home, and all of the troubles associated with it. Such a setting is a far cry from the four walls and fluorescent lights that normally color young adults' perceptions of addiction treatment, allowing them to step out of their usual, troubled selves.

Effective adventure therapy is not simply temporary escapism from problems that are simply returned to as soon as the patient leaves the treatment program. That is because such experiential therapy should also be teamed with all of the essential elements of treatment necessary to bring about a sustained transformation in your young adult's physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

These components may range from individual, group and adventure-based therapy to nutritional education, boundary setting, communication skills and social skills development, to name just some of the aspects that characterize the most effective treatment program featuring adventure therapy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Red Oak Recovery® Set To Open Women's Program August 15, 2014

Red Oak Recovery®, a leading young adult drug and alcohol treatment center, is pleased to announce the opening of its women’s substance abuse and co-occurring treatment program on August 15, 2014. This clinically sophisticated program and trauma-informed care is designed to support young adult women ages 18-30 in healing emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

According to Heather Schnoebelen, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCS-I, “the women that we see at this level of care have often experienced trauma and need a safe and nurturing setting. Our private and serene location in the mountains of Western North Carolina is an ideal setting for women to have the opportunity to begin to heal."

Red Oak Recovery®’s adventure-based women’s program averages 90 days, and is entirely individualized and dependent on the unique needs of each client. Red Oak Recovery is owner-operated and works with 8-10 women at a time to address substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, trauma, depression and anxiety, disordered eating and body image.

Red Oak Recovery® also has a men’s program; however, the two are separate and differ from one another. “Women have historically been under-represented in treatment, and most programs aren’t gender separate” says CEO Jack Kline, MS, LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS. “We believe in the value of focusing on the specific needs of young adult women in recovery and we address these needs through integrative experiential therapies, nutritional and recreational therapy, psycho-education, DBT, CBT, EMDR and a 12-Step philosophy to engage and empower young women in the early stages of recovery.”

According to Red Oak Recovery®’s founders, abstinence is only the first step in what should be an integrated, whole-person healing process. Red Oak Recovery® is designed to provide healing that is physical, spiritual, cognitive, practical (i.e. life skills), and social in scope.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Oerther, Admissions Director (828) 301-1110