The dedicated staff at Covenant Hills understands that addiction is a brain disease that destroys the mind, body, and soul. Addiction steals away joyful moments in everyday life and inhibits individuals from becoming the healthy and fully functioning human being that they were meant to be. Addiction creates turmoil in relationships, can harm a person’s professional job responsibilities, and can make it extremely difficult to complete everyday tasks. It stops individuals from making rational decisions and encourages them to keep using the drug to replace life’s troubling moments.
Because addiction is a disease that harms a person’s mental, physical, and emotional state, it is absolutely essential that treatment for addiction addresses the whole person. Comprehensive treatment at Covenant Hills specializes in restoring an individual’s mental, physical, and emotional states that lead to healthier decisions in everyday life.
Steps of the Whole-Person Approach at Covenant Hills
1. Detoxification of the mind – Upon entry to Covenant Hills, a comprehensive mental and physical assessment is completed to understand the depths of the individual’s diagnosis. The first step is a medical assessment from a team of medical professionals and therapists. After the assessment and determining the diagnosis or dual diagnosis, the medical staff will administer the detoxification process.
After the medical detoxification process, a team of therapists and spiritual counselors will create an individualized treatment plan with the client to ensure sobriety throughout the withdrawal period. This treatment plan will work to detoxify the mind from the cravings of the drug. Therapists will help individuals find coping mechanisms, create goals, and respond to difficult moments in a productive way through mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Recovering addicts will be supported every step of the way and will gain the mental strength and resilience to recognize their moments of pain and to replace those moments with relaxation techniques that establish mindfulness and positivity.
2. Nourishment of the body – The next step to addressing the whole person and to diminish cravings for the drug is to create an individualized treatment plan that seeks to restore the individual’s physical health. Specialized psychotherapists will help recovering addicts create a sleep and nutrition plan that is achievable during inpatient treatment and when integrated back into their own environments. These plans will include short-term and long-term goals and will give individuals techniques to ensure better sleep and ways to implement a healthy balance in their diets. By implementing a healthy sleep and nutrition schedule, the mind and body are redirected to sustain a healthy lifestyle because individuals will feel more relaxed and happier which will ultimately reduce the cravings for the drug.
Along with an emphasis in sleep and nutrition, there a multitude of exercise and artistic therapy techniques that individuals can participate in to decrease their stress and release empowering endorphins. Physical therapy options include tai chi, crossfit, yoga, and meditation. In addition to physical pursuits, recovering addicts can choose other artistic options that include art and music therapy as a phenomenal coping mechanism to diminish unwanted thoughts and behaviors. All of these productive outlets can be used in any environment and will help recover the body from the harmful physical consequences of addiction.
3. Restoration of the soul – While simultaneously restoring the mind and body, the third component of one’s self must also be replenished. Pastoral counselors conduct spiritual therapy sessions through individual, group, and familial support networks. Establishing a strong faith will renew the soul and will give individuals the accountability and support needed to avoid a relapse.
The Christian-based 12-step program will educate individuals on God’s Word and will teach clients how to recover their souls through prayer and spiritual counseling. Restoring the soul through Christ ensures that even upon completion of the recovery program, individuals will always be connected to the church community when they are integrated back into their old communities.
Finding your Strength at Covenant Hills
At Covenant Hills, the professionally trained staff knows that to truly rid oneself of chemical dependence, they must restore the mind, body, and soul from addiction. By educating individuals through lectures and spiritual counseling, individuals will learn the detrimental effects substance abuse can have on the whole person. The staff tailors every program to meet the individual needs of the client and provides the highest-quality care to ensure lifelong sobriety. Ultimately, restoring the mind, body, and soul empowers the client to fully recover from addiction and avoid a relapse.
When the mind, body, and soul are restored, the drive to use the drug for physical pleasure is diminished. Establishing a strong, positive mental framework that centers around spirituality will recover the mind, body, and soul and consequently, will fully recover the whole-person.
Covenant Hills Treatment is a faith-based addiction treatment facility in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas. Covenant Hills emphasizes a whole person approach to care and clients work with pastors, therapists, and counselors who are professionally trained in the Christian-based treatment program. Staff help individuals connect to a larger community of God and support the process of finding purpose again in one’s life beyond their diagnosis.