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The Process of Addiction Recovery
Recovery is a dynamic process and Treatment is only the beginning. With regard to successful Recovery from Addiction and Codependency, the most valid and researched models are developmental in nature. This means the individuals Recovery tasks change at different points in the process of getting healthier. A skilled therapist will assess those needs and give meaningful intervention at different points in the Recovery or counseling journey. Terence T. Gorski created a developmental Recovery model for Chemically Dependent individuals. Gorski’s Cenaps Model outlined pre-treatment, early, middle, and late stage recovery. Patrick Carnes Ph.D., developed the Thirty Task Model which creates a continuum of care for treating drug addiction and sex addiction successfully. Pia Mellody developed the Post Induction Therapy Model which treats addiction, codependency, trauma and couples dysfunction in the form of love addiction and love avoidance. These models have researched, healthy goals, that integrate tasks, which strengthen recovery at each stage. We are completing 30 day rehabilitation very well within the treatment industry and at times dropping the ball within the continuum of care afterwards. In regard to treating sex addiction, drug addiction and codependency there are strong interventions in the early phase of recovery and very little emphasis on continuing intense work later on. This lack of emphasis on the long term continuum of care is a mistake some Centers and Counselors make, especially in regard to clients with significant trauma or co-occurring disorders. Gorski, Carnes, and Pia Mellody’s models each look at a 3 to 5 year intense plan for individuals and couples. Most individuals who relapse in sex addiction or drug addiction Recovery are not following a longer term plan with a skilled addiction counselor. The break down comes in continuing care treatment and ongoing Recovery! There are very few people who relapse working within these longer term models. Early in the recovery process it is essential to build a support network and understand the disease concept. Integrating 12-step recovery you would do a detailed addiction history (1st step) with a sponsor, attend 90 meetings in 90 days, focus on denial and surrender to the process of recovery. In the middle stages the focus is on boundaries, self esteem, shame reduction, healthy grieving, and sorting out any trauma or family of origin work. The later stage has to do with deeper levels of intimacy, spirituality, self care, and strengthening the recovery process. These are very general outlines of each stage and some of the tasks. The process is much more detailed and involved. Within our educational workshops and intensives we help individuals and couples embrace the process of recovery at any stage. Therapy becomes a much stronger tool when intensive educational workshops are integrated into the process along with 12 step Recovery. We hope to see you at a Workshop in the future. Blessings Ben Gallaway