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The Blanchard Institute employs the most progressive, evidence-based treatment approach used to treat addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. We guide and support the individual to incorporate holistic modalities that enhance healing in a safe and therapeutic setting.
Our clients are given an opportunity to learn how to observe and manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors through multiple resources onsite. These additional services adds a new perspective on helping heal. the whole person while allowing for natural insightful change to take place. Ours is a gentler, holistic and modern way of approaching addiction. Above all, it is a method that works.
Every client receives individual sessions as needed, weekly group therapy, family appointments as needed as well as other creative processes that incorporate the healing of the whole body, mind, and spirit. Our philosophy is one that ensures a person will recover not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Below are some of the holistic offerings our clients will experience while in outpatient programs.
Biosound is utilized with our patients to help reduce stress and post acute withdrawal symptoms in early recovery. Biosound Therapy works on utilizing music, biofeedback, sound frequency and guided imagery creating a theta level meditative state triggering a natural relaxation response. There are many benefits to using Biosound therapy while in treatment for a substance use disorder. The client will experience a state of relaxation because both the heart and the brain become synchronized. As the mind calms, withdrawal symptoms are naturally reduced. Many clients report becoming more self-aware and able to function with better clarity and concentration. Clients regularly report a reduction in anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. As as adjunct to talk therapy, Biosound therapy provides an ongoing service that offers a continuum of client directed services .
At The Blanchard Institute, EMDR is often recommended for clients exhibiting co-occurring PTSD or issues that may cause relapse such as flashbacks, distressing dreams, repression of traumatic events or disruptive or intrusive thoughts. EMDR is integrated into a well rounded psychotherapy program where clients often report a reduction in negative symptoms of post acute withdrawal. Our EMDR professionally trained therapists facilitate sessions based upon individual need as directed by his or her clinical team to assist the client a comprehensive plan for long term recovery.
According to the EMDR International Association, EMDR can help clients with the resolution of traumatic and disturbing life experiences. EMDR utilizes a dual focus of attention by using alternating bilateral visual, auditory and sometimes tactile stimulation. This process activates centers of the brain that reduce the memory of disruptive thoughts. People who have suffered for years from PTSD, anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events often gain relief from EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). Extensive research shows that EMDR is rapid, safe and effective. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis and is a non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration in which healing can happen effectively. It has been highly effective for chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, poor self-image, stress, worry, stage fright, performance anxiety, recovery from sexual abuse and traumatic incidents.
When combined with other forms of treatment including individual therapy and group counseling, acupuncture can benefit those suffering from substance use disorders and post acute withdrawal by stimulating a natural healing from within. The prevalence and appropriateness of acupuncture is well established in the recovery community. The US federal government’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment as well as the US Department of Defense/Veteran’s Affairs have published best practices guidelines that indicate the value of acupuncture for chemical dependency. At The Blanchard Institute, clients are introduced to acupuncture as part of an exploration into personalized relapse prevention and symptom reduction. Acupuncture is administered by a professionally licensed acupuncturist after doing a thorough assessment for services in order to help regulate emotions, decrease anxiety, regulate sleep, ease physical pain that often accompanies early recovery.
Similar to music therapy, sound healing has been used for thousands of years as a method for healing the body. Vibrations from sounds can trigger the state of brain wave activity to help guide individuals into a peaceful state. It has been known to provide all-around relief for mental, emotional, and physical issues, such as anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and pain.
Early recovery affects the mind, body and spirit. Early withdrawal often causes both physical and emotional pain. Yoga is a natural gateway to relaxation and teaches the client to learn how to tolerate the new experience of being still. Recovery Yoga teaches a series of postures that are simple enough for those who have never done yoga or those that have not taken care of their bodies in active using. It is an excellent introduction to silencing the mind so that the body can heal. Instead of providing an escape, it empowers the individual to access a peaceful, restorative inner state that reintegrates and retrains the disciplines necessary for long-term recovery. At The Blanchard Institute, we incorporate the belief that addiction sickens the mind and also sickens the body. We strive to introduce a full range of holistic experiences that broaden a client’s view of what full recovery embraces.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, please call 704.414.7227 or fill out the form below.