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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Red Oak Recovery® Enlists Prominent Truama Expert for Intensive Staff Training and Certification

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Trauma issues are often part of clients’ histories at Red Oak Recovery®, an innovative addiction treatment program for young adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. For this reason, the entire clinical team and other key staff at Red Oak Recovery® recently underwent intensive trauma training with established trauma expert Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, CSAT-R.

Crane is the founder and former CEO of one of the leading trauma and addiction treatment centers. She later founded Spirit2Spirit to teach clinicians how to work with trauma survivors. After completing her module-based course, clinicians earn the distinction of Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT).

“One hundred percent of the female clients who undergo treatment at Red Oak have experienced trauma in their past, as do the majority of our male clients,” said Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, Chief Executive Officer of Red Oak Recovery®. “Additionally, when our clients have multiple relapses and multiple treatment experiences, that is often due to unresolved trauma.”

Red Oak Recovery® is unique in its clinical approach, employing master’s level clinicians with dual credentials, licensed in both mental health and clinical addiction. The program addresses underlying emotional and traumatic issues with co-occurring issues of substance use through evidence-based, research-supported clinical interventions.

In their recent training, the Red Oak clinical team learned practical assessments, up-to-date approaches to treatment, and essential intervention techniques for treating clients with trauma issues. The training went beyond typical lectures by including group sessions and hands-on experiential training to truly prepare the clinical staff for addressing clients’ deep psychological wounds.

“We experience trauma when we cannot effectively process what happens to us, whether on an emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical level,” explains Heather Schnoebelen, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCS-I, Executive Clinical Director of Red Oak. “All too often, drugs and alcohol are used to numb the hurt and confusion young adults carry with them, and for recovery to be successful, they have to be able to address the traumas that fueled their addiction and not just the substance abuse itself.”

“When trauma work is effectively integrated into treatment, as this training has reinforced for us, it allows people to get at the roots of their behavior and lets them walk more freely toward a life no longer dominated by destructive habits,” she said.

Red Oak Recovery® is located in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains, just north of Asheville, NC, and is the result of extensive experience and research for developing highly effective programming to create a foundation of long-term recovery for young adults. The program uniquely blends quality clinical care, adventure therapy, experiential therapy, 12-step work and social skills development to create positive, lasting change. For more information, visit Red Oak Recovery®.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Making a Lasting Change: Are You Ready?

Over 30 years ago, a team of researchers identified motivation as a prime indicator of success in
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recovery. Their research is the basis for the Stages of Change model, which assesses an individual’s readiness to make a permanent life change.

Identifying and Increasing Motivation

In addiction therapy, the Stages of Change model has become an invaluable tool. Many addicts find themselves in therapy because of an intervention and not because they have chosen to make a change. Using the model, a therapist can assess the degree of motivation and start to build upon it.

Assessing Readiness to Change

There are generally six recognized Stages of Change:

  1. In pre-contemplation, a person may be aware of addiction’s downside but has no intention to change. 
  2. In contemplation, he or she is open to change, but without the necessary confidence or motivation to make a change. 
  3. In preparation, the person is willing to change and anticipates the benefits of change. 
  4. In the action stage, the individual gathers insight and skills to effect the change. 
  5. In maintenance, a person achieves awareness and self-control, which enable him to focus on relapse prevention. 
  6. In termination, the individual successfully lives a healthy and meaningful lifestyle. 

Relapse Is Part of the Process

Progression through the stages is not steady, and relapse may occur at any point. The addiction therapist adjusts treatment to encourage motivation at each phase.

Integrated, Individualized Addiction Treatment 

The decision to seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction comes with many mixed emotions. For young people seeking treatment as the result of an intervention, these emotions may include anger and resentment that can interfere with recovery success. At Red Oak Recovery®, individualized treatment and family counseling work through the complex maze of addiction’s causes and the damaged relationships it leaves behind.

If addiction to drugs or alcohol is disrupting your family life and destroying your young adult child, you can find help at our North Carolina residential recovery center. Call 866.831.9107 now to speak with a Red Oak Recovery® admissions specialist. Begin the recovery process today, for yourself and your loved one.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Keep The Winter Blues At Bay

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It’s hard to be upbeat in winter when days are short, cold, and overcast. Sometimes you just want to stay in your pajamas and avoid going out. You’ve got the winter blues, and it’s going to take some self-discipline and recovery motivation to shake them off.

Being Active Is Key 

You know from rehab and recovery therapy that filling your time with new interests and activities is important to staying on track. Being active is just as important when you have the winter blues. So, review your recovery goals, add some extra incentives, and set about losing the winter blues.

Goal #1: Keep to a structured schedule. Know ahead of time when you will go to bed, when you will rise, and when you will have your meals. Stick to your schedule and fill in extra slots with support meetings, coffee with a friend, or an hour to read a good book or write in a journal.

Goal #2: Take care of yourself. You may feel like lounging all day in your grubby sweats, but opt instead for the comfort of casual dress. Don’t neglect your personal hygiene, exercise, and meditation routines. This might be the time to treat yourself to something special—a day at the spa or a trip to a museum or art gallery.

Goal #3: Get outside and do something. Being outdoors is invigorating and gives you much-needed vitamin D. Build a snowman, shovel a neighbor’s driveway, or just go for a walk. Being outdoors and interacting with people is good for your body, mind, and soul.

Guiding Young Men & Women through Rehab to Recovery

Red Oak Recovery® is a unique North Carolina treatment center for young people ages 18 to 30. Combining recreational therapy, clinical treatment, and healthy nutrition into gender specific programs, our licensed staff will tailor a treatment program to your individual needs. Ready to begin recovery for you or a loved one? Call 866.831.9107 today to start the admissions process and inquire about insurance coverage and affordable self-pay options.