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Interventions are designed to help a loved one overcome addiction. One-on-one talks might not be enough to help a loved one realize a dependence problem, but a roomful of family and friends with the guidance of a counselor can provide the love and support needed to confront addiction. The following is a guide to planning a meaningful intervention:
1. Find a Counselor
Seek out a specialist who has experience in mediating interventions. Counselors often specialize in certain areas of addiction, so it may be prudent to find one suited to your needs. Meet with the counselor and explain the extent of the situation.
2. Choose a Location
The ideal place is a private area—a restaurant or a home that the subject has never been to before may cause more problems. It’s important to hold the intervention somewhere that your loved one feels safe.
3. Invite Friends and Family
Select a date that allows the maximum number of people to attend. Inform invitees of the importance of the situation and have them bring a letter stating their feelings out of love. Make sure they arrive early so the counselor has time to explain how the intervention will work.
4. Have Treatment Ready
If the intervention goes well, then your loved one will be prepared for rehabilitation. By having a quality treatment facility on standby, the subject won’t have time to back out. Research local facilities ahead of time or ask the counselor for recommendations.
A good rehabilitation center is essential in helping your loved one overcome addiction. At Astoria Pointe, we offer complete programs for recovery from drug or alcohol addiction with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. For high-quality care that presents an opportunity to embrace a better way of life, contact Astoria Pointe at (503) 298-4393.
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Addiction recovery is based around a standard twelve-step program designed for both detoxification and relapse prevention. Treatment facilities also incorporate adjunct therapies, which are additional therapies used to assist the primary treatment. Here are four useful adjunct therapies that help treat addiction:
1. Yoga: Addiction is the result of a loss of self-control. Yoga teaches practitioners to regain control of their body by turning their focus inward. The twelve-step program works with the spirituality of yoga to reconnect clients with themselves.
2. Meditation: Program participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. Meditation requires that subjects observe and analyze their minds. Instead of abusing alcohol or drugs to avoid facing reality, clients must embrace their thoughts through meditation to develop a positive relationship with their minds.
3. Art: Creative expression improves and enhances the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of recovering addicts. Drawing, painting, sculpture, and other forms of self-expression enable individuals to address personal issues and gain insight and self-awareness. Additionally, artwork can communicate the health of individuals when examined by professionals.
4. Acupuncture: Adjunct treatment through acupuncture helps curb chemical addiction and behavioral compulsions. Acupuncture treatment can release endorphins into the nervous system, substituting harmless natural painkillers for the negative consequences of addiction. Endorphins promote feelings of health, positivity, and a sense of general well-being.
These adjunct therapies are a great way to complement an addiction treatment program. At Astoria Pointe, a residential addiction rehabilitation facility, we incorporate adjunct therapies with the twelve-step program to create a multi-faceted approach that properly deals with chemical and alcohol addiction. For more information about the programs we offer or to undergo a brief admissions assessment for alcohol or drug abuse, call Astoria Pointe at (503) 298-4393.
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This place saved my life. A quick background about myself to preface the miracle that Astoria Pointe has given me. I am a piss my pants, wreck motorcycles, hurt my family and friends, previously homeless drunk. At the age of 23 I had burnt any bridges I had previously built and my life was once again spiraling quickly into a lonely abyss. I had been to two inpatient programs previous to Astoria Pointe and one outpatient program and nothing helped. I had tried 12 step programs on my own but didn't have the information about myself nor the confidence to begin my life in recovery. I arrived at the Pointe in September of 2010 and let me tell you I was absolutely insane, I was constantly aggressive with the staff and other clients. Dismissive of any authority and detoxing badly. The Astoria Pointe staff were patient, tolerant, and caring until I was able to touch down with reality and begin to recover. Having given up on life and deemed myself 'hopeless' Astoria Pointe walked me through the crucial beginning stages of my sobriety. My counselor treated me with love an respect while at the same time opening my eyes to the behavioral patterns of my past, and giving me direction towards a new life. I came to Astoria Pointe for a 30 day stay and ended up staying for 111 days because of the growth I saw in myself. I now live in Astoria and my life is completely different because of my time at Astoria Pointe. The level of comfort and support I received at Astoria Pointe along with the direction and guidance gained there, truly is the bedrock of my new found life. I am now 24, still sober, and enjoying life for the first time. I cannot speak highly enough of Astoria Pointe, their staff, and the program they have. Astoria Pointe saved my life.
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Addiction is a family disease and the entire family suffers from its effects. We understand that families are greatly impacted by the addict’s illness and that most family members and friends feel helpless and hopeless by the time their loved ones enter treatment. The purpose of our family program is to help the families and loved ones of the addict understand the disease of addiction. A family member or loved one often comes to understand that their only role is to help the addict or alcoholic overcome their addiction; however, it is just as important, if not more important that the family members come to understand that they too need help and must take care of themselves.
Our unique two-day family weekend is a fundamental component of our curriculum. Our Family Program helps the family experience recovery independently from the patient. Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar’s Family Program is designed to educate the family and helps family members identify the patterns and behaviors formed because of an addiction. Our hope is that through education and understanding about the disease, changes can be made that will help free the family from the frustrations and powerlessness that they may be experiencing and put them on the path to greater awareness of their loved one’s addiction. Our goal at Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar is to instill in our clients and their families’, a rock-solid belief that together they all will return to a rich and rewarding life and forever leave behind the devastation that addiction has played in their lives.
In addition to the family program, individual sessions may be scheduled by the patient’s primary therapist. These sessions will provide you the opportunity to work on specific issues pertaining to your family.
During the course of your loved one’s treatment, our family program coordinator will be in contact with you and invite you to attend the next family weekend and answer any logistical questions you may have. We have some fine discounts at local hotels that may be of help to you in planning your visit.
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The notion that you can turn your life around in 12 simple steps may seem remarkable. For millions of people around the world, however, the 12-step program has been the key to healthy, happy lives.
Originally created for the first Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 1935, the list has inspired numerous variations, from the Twelve Step Journal to Adult Children of Alcoholics. While all rehabilitation programs differ in their specific approaches to substance addiction, the 12-step program is the foundation of all modern drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
The 12 steps of the program are:
- Admitting that you are powerless, and that your current life has become unmanageable.
- Believing that a higher power can help you.
- Making the decision to turn your life over to that higher power.
- Making a thorough examination of your personal flaws.
- Admitting to God, to yourself, and to others that you are wrong.
- Declaring that you are ready to be rid of your flaws.
- Asking God to help you remove those flaws.
- Making a list of all the people you have done wrong by.
- Making amends to those people, if possible.
- Continuing to examine yourself and being ready to admit your wrongs.
- Praying to God for the power to recover from your problems.
- Helping others who are struggling with their problems, using the 12-step program.
At Astoria Pointe, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Astoria, Ore., we believe that everyone has the right to lead an addiction-free existence. Our effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are based on the fundamental principles of the 12-step program and guide you safely from detoxification to discharge. To learn more about how we can help you begin your life over again, visit our website or call us at (503) 298-4393.