Each person will leave The Blanchard Institute with the support and tools needed for early recovery and feel ready to live life on life’s terms. We do this by addressing all facets of mind, body, and spirit. Our treatment approach incorporates these components because when combined together, evidence suggests that long term recovery is more prominent.
Our philosophy comes from a holistic approach, where offering the tools to look inward in order to understand yourself, your trauma and your underlying issues are essential to long term freedom from addiction. Mindfulness and meditation, as well as the alternative methods we use which include biosound, EMDR, yoga, art therapy and music therapy. We believe that self-awareness is the key ingredient to change, and these modalities offer insight to face and heal our traumas as underlying issues.
We are not here to fix anyone. In fact there is no need to. We are here to remove all of the fog and messiness that is clogging your happiness. Our intention is to lead you into a happy, joyous and free life through healing your mind, body and soul. We are here to bring you back to the real you.
Your Family is Our Client.
Tens of millions of people suffer from Substance Use Disorders and active mental illness. The healthcare system and societal stigmas present hurdles that make recovery difficult for families during this stressful time. No family should tackle this alone. Our goal is to guide and coach you through this process. The Blanchard Institute works to educate and support the entire family unit on their recovery journey.
Addiction is a family disease. As your loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol progressively worsens, you may experience fear, anxiety, anger, guilt and even abuse. There may be significant turmoil in your life as a result. Here at The Blanchard Institute, we begin to explore how to heal and recover from the impact of substance use disorders, mental illness, trauma and codependency on your lives and relationships. This is a necessary step as we guide you through the process of understanding the conditions that have led to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual deterioration. We lead you through the process of starting of a new chapter; a story of healing.
We help families identify, understand and create a plan to eliminate enabling behaviors. This journey is new and foreign to most, so we have developed a state-of-the-art, step-by-step guide that addresses how this process works, what to expect, frequently asked questions, and most importantly what your role will be during this process of recovery. We define our roles as the professionals, your role as the family, and how to navigate the ups and downs and predictable chaos that accompanies early recovery.
Our family support programs encompass a variety of services, including:
- Family Education & Awareness
- Case Management
- Aftercare Planning & Implementation
- Relapse Prevention
- Continuing Care & Counseling
- Support Groups & Workshops
Happy. Joyous. Free.
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 .
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
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. 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.
What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. Addiction may develop while self-medicating a mood, anxiety disorder, or other psychiatric condition. Conversely, the mental health disorder may develop as a result of a serious substance use disorder. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 9 million people who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis.
Common diagnoses include:
- Severe depression
- Bipolar or other mood disorder
- Anxiety or panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder
A co-occurring disorder can make it nearly impossible for men and women to hold a steady job, function in their family environment, go to school, or build satisfying personal relationships. It is critical that clients receive help for all their conditions in order to achieve life-long recovery.
The Blanchard Institute understands the sensitive relationship between substance abuse and mental health problems. Offering a highly individualized approach to adult and young adult substance abuse and mental health treatment, we provide family therapy, PHP and IOP, therapeutic consulting, crisis management, and recovery coaching for clients suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. We use evidence-based treatment approaches that focus on the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit.