EVIDENCE BASED MODALITIES
• Stages Of Change Model
Helps establish a solid foundation for recovery. Includes a dedicated module for EACH STAGE, to ensure successful transition through the entire process and achieve positive change.
• Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Empowers clients by creating motivation for change and working with client strengths.
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Clients are given tools to identify faulty thinking and eliminate sabotaging behaviors. Cognitive behavioral worksheets are used for decisional balancing, such as benefits versus risks, "where I am" versus "where I want to be", internal versus external motivation, and more.
• Relapse Prevention
Emphasis is placed on development of a comprehensive Relapse Prevention Plan. Clients learn to identify signs of relapse behavior, triggers, drug refusal skills, and what to do should a relapse occur.
Storytelling: The Hero’s Journey
Using the Hero’s Journey as a metaphorical approach to addressing recovery from addiction goes to the heart of motivational enhancement and increases its effectiveness. A storytelling production of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Gnome provides a fascinating backdrop for clients to identify their own recovery process that includes:
• loss of innocence (discrepancy between where they are and where they want to be)
• confronting personal issues (developmental history)
• ability for change (self-efficacy)
• external factors that sabotage recovery efforts (relapse triggers)
• new behaviors to avoid sabotage (relapse prevention)
• goals for the future (personal transformation)
Relating The Gnome to the Stages of Change Model provides symbols that illustrate each stage, and leads to improved client understanding of how this is applied and used in the treatment process.
The Recovery Wheel
The Native Amercan Medicine Wheel is used as a metaphor for examining the correlation between 12-Step recovery and psycho-spiritual development. Jim Savage's development of this model has become a powerful tool for treatment clients, as it provides a unique perspective for viewing certain treatment topics that clients frequently struggle with.
The Recovery Wheel provides visual representation of:
a. Being on the Path, or off the Path.
b. Honest self-examination: Who Am I? (Step 1)
c. Ability to identify a power greater than ourselves. (Step 2)
d. Being willing to revolve around higher power. (Step 3)
e. Death to the old self. (Steps 4-7)
f. Commitment and discipline for recovery process. (Steps 8-11)
g. Spiritual rebirth/awakening. (Step 12)
h. Life is a continuous process of growth and change.
"Songs everyone can relate to..."
"The Journey" is a recovery-oriented rock musical production in which each song is used to present a specific educational topic that relates to the recovery process. Viewed as a story that comes full-circle, The Journey becomes a musical portrayal of the cyclical models presented in both the Hero's Journey and the Recovery Wheel.
Discussion sections that include a cognitive-behavioral mapping format help clients examine important treatment issues, including:
• Family of origin history
• Adolescent developmental needs
• Addiction and other self-sabotaging behaviors
• Spirituality and addiction
• Stages of relapse
• Denial and self-centeredness
• 12- Step recovery
Songs from The Journey are presented through a collecton of music videos, making this a popular feature with treatment clients of all ages.
Meditation and Stress Management
The Journey To Recovery curriculum includes The Journey To Heart, a self-contained course in introductory meditation and stress management techniques. It teaches alternatives to drug use as a method of coping with stress and provides skills to aid in improved daily performance.
The curriculum also uses the meditation component to reinforce daily recovery routines as well as focusing on developing our capacity for inner guidance, taking a leap of faith, and letting go of fears.
The Hero's Journey
Click above for sample of a fun storytelling presentation included he JTR curriculum.
The Journey Musical Recovery Program
Video for a song from The Journey.
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The Journey To The Heart Meditation Program
Listen to a sample of a musical meditation piece called "Lifestream."
THE JOURNEY TO RECOVERY CURRICULUM
The Journey To Recovery Program provides an integrated system that blends:
a. didactic (cognitive)
b. experiential (intuitive, emotional)
This results in a "whole-brain" approach that achieves maximum effectiveness for retention of material and ability to apply new information that leads to behavioral change.
A "whole-brain" approach to addiction treatment
The Recovery Wheel
Click on the image to read an excerpt from "The Recovery Wheel."
Stages of Change
Video provides an overview of the model used in JTR for building a solid foundation for recovery.
(click lower right for full screen)
Rehab Works! A Parent's Guide to Drug Treatment
While Jim Savage's book Rehab Works! was written primarily as as a guide to help family members navigate the often bumpy road of addressing the drug problem of a loved one, it has proven to be just as beneficial for treatment clients themselves.
When the book was published, Jim revised the JTR curriculum to include those portions of the book that spell out the specifics that go into successful treatment, resulting in a huge value-add for the program. Clients receive detailed information on:
• Using Stages of Change to monitor treatment progress
• Relapse prevention
• 12-Step recovery: Elements of "working the program."
• Continuum of care