“All of us will experience something traumatic in our lifetime. How we cope with this experience is what matters.”
Healing Springs Ranch recognizes that the root of every addiction and mental health issue is unresolved pain. Therefore, ironically, the addiction itself is never really the problem. Addiction is the SYMPTOM, of the underlying problem. It is a solution to a problem. It is the evidence of an unmet emotional need, desperately trying to be soothed. Addictions, therefore, serve the purpose or function of avoiding emotional pain. Over time, the person becomes “addicted” to this avoidance strategy which can become so ingrained, that a person may not even recognize that he/she is doing it. In addition, this addictive cycle itself becomes yet another traumatic experience with the loss of control, relationships, marriage, job, etc. creating a vicious cycle of despair, hopelessness, shame, and helplessness.
Healing Family From Addiction
Recognizing this concept, allows us to truly understand the impact addiction has not only on an individual but also on his/her family and friends. Watching someone you care about who is lost in this cycle, is itself traumatic and life-altering. To effectively break this cycle, it is imperative that we not only look at healing the pain in our client — both past and present — but address the trauma accrued by the family and friends while living with him/her. Gaining sobriety, in and of itself, does not break the cycle of addiction. Only until the collective trauma endured by both the family AND the person struggling with addiction, will the cycle truly be broken. Our commitment goes beyond our client; we understand the importance of HEALING FAMILIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT™.
Family Weekend Program
Healing Springs offers one of a kind family weekend programs that address each family’s unique needs. These programs are held each month, Thursday evening through noon on Sunday. You are encouraged to attend during your loved one’s treatment stay with us, but you may attend after he/she has discharged if needed. Our family weekend not only offers a comprehensive program overview but also provides emotional support and connections to other families who share the same struggle. During the intensive, you will become familiar with our Integrated Addiction Model which will provide you and your loved one with a relatable understanding of addiction as well as a common language for healthier communication within your family system. You will also identify multi-generational emotional and behavioral patterns in your family through a genogram activity. And finally, each family will be involved in a personalized group/family psychotherapeutic process with your loved one facilitated by our clinical team of experts.
Clients will have the opportunity to engage in family therapy while in treatment. With clinical discretion and collaboration with the client, family members and friends will be involved based on readiness, availability, and clinical appropriateness. Common topics include rebuilding trust, addiction and trauma education, triggers and emotional regulation skills, discharge planning, and relapse prevention.