Treatment As Usual

revolving door

I’ve been witnessing it for years-

revolving door The revolving door of rehab- most clients return

Treatment as usual, also known as cookie cutter treatment

Cross addiction by facility doctor or psychiatrist- clients given prescriptions such as Tegretal, Lithium, Zyprexa and Riperdal, in sometimes unnecessarily large amounts, on going.

The 30 day set up- not enough treatment or abstinence time leaving relapse inevitable, sometimes with a hefty price tag- some facilities charging from $15,000 to $60,00 for just one month.

Sub-stand clinicians using the same boring material that is outdated and simply does not work.

The grueling task of starting over from square one after a client relapse.

Loosing an addiction takes time, big changes, life style leaps and, tons and tons of ongoing support. It is a healing and it is a process. I am in the thick of this world of addiction, and of it’s network. I know the ins and outs of many facilities because my husband either worked there as a tech/counselor, or my daughter was a client there (often more than once). I am well aware of what they do and how they do it, and just what I might do differently, if given the reins.

In a perfect world, there would be a perfect rehab…but until then, here is a sample of some of the activities, programs, and approaches I would love to see;

Astrology and numerology
– Numerology and astrology have been used for thousands of years, are indispensable assessment tools. Through these modalities we are given clues to traits and tenancies, and maybe even some very specific information about a person’s past, such as “may have had a alcoholic mother” or “sister may have had a secret marriage”, and are excellent tools in making client assessments. A proficient astro-psychologist can cut out hours or days or maybe even weeks of exploration between counselor and client by studying the previews astrology and numerology can give us into the lives of others.

Homeopathy and Bach flower essences– Many professionals are starting to understand the curative effects of homeopathy, and a psychologist who can select remedies is golden. Homeopathy is ideal for addressing emotional imbalances, stimulating internal healing as opposed to suppressing symptoms. If there is a condition, there is a homeopathic remedy to balance it- there are remedies excellent for cravings of all sorts, as well as mental and emotional disturbances, from depression to schizophrenia. Bach flower remedies address a myriad of emotional conditions and like homeopathy are inexpensive, over-the-counter, and easy to self prescribe, not to mention they have no toxic side effects.

Sai Sanjeevini– there are hundreds of healing patterns- everything from thought management, to addiction, to vaccine antidote. Client can actually participate in making up a sample mega remedy, and then learn how to charge up their morning coffee, juice, or whatever, with divine healing prayers. Visit www.saisanjeevini.org and see for yourself.

Juicing and Yoga– A daily morning ‘ritual’ brings the clients together and contributes greatly to good health. – Allow a different client daily to contribute a recipe, and make the juice for for the group, followed by yoga, which can be done by even the least athletic of us. Body, mind, and soul will be addressed in this dual activity.

Other health practices– Learn new techniques like morning oil pulling (swishing), as well as taking a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon twice daily. Keeping the body fit for those who have compromised their immune systems is paramount.

Brainstorming– the group uses this technique to design a local benevolent project, and execute it- a wonderful healing exercise.

BTW, I would never teach the practice of making a negative affirmation, as in announcing that you are an addict before you address the group. Remember Dr. Martinez’s story about the priest who gave the wrong man his last rites…the man died in 15 minutes. The power of the word is mighty, and as you say you are, is how you will surely be. My psycho social model does not embrace addiction as a non-recoverable disease.

I could continue all day, with new and interesting ways to approach the addict and deal with addiction, because what the professional addictionologists and practitioners offer out there, essentially, does not work for the masses of addicts in recovery. Is there one, even just one rehab that’s made the paradigm shift?para

Your questions and comments are always welcome, or you may send me a private email at ‘contact us’.


May 22, 2017

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