Deciding to seek help in a residential program is a big step. It is a commitment of time, of money, and perhaps most of all, of heart. Getting healthy and creating a life that works is a huge project. At CMC:Berkshires we know that an inpatient residential experience is often the first time clients have ever slowed down long enough to get to know themselves, their feelings, their bodies, and their families; it’s a lot to take on!
We have designed a program to help you take this on successfully; to learn new ways of navigating the world, including relationships, emotions, and situations, as well as to more clearly define your goals and values. Each day is structured around experiencing and learning: new habits and behaviors, new ways of processing emotions, new ways of communicating effectively, practices for living with uncomfortable emotions, experiences and relationships without needing to use substances as a coping strategy.
The core therapeutic work is highly individualized and only includes evidence-based therapies proven successful with clients who abuse substances or engage in other compulsive behaviors. This includes an individual and group therapy focus on motivation (what matters to you about change), awareness building (of your own inner state, of your values, of how it is to live in your skin), skill development (strategies for living safely and effectively in the world), gaining perspective (often lost in the haze of substance use and turmoil) and the development of effective communication skills (with families, spouses, bosses…everyone).
In addition, core therapies are enhanced through a variety of wellness practices that are part of fully and broadly establishing a life that works. These include daily practice of mindfulness meditation, healthy eating, exercise, outdoor experiences, yoga, and establishing a nighttime routine that promotes restful, rejuvenating sleep. We also work with each individual to help develop a re-connection to joy in their life (really the fuel that keeps change happening), which might include music, drawing, writing, gardening, skiing or any number of activities. This “cross-over” between therapy and life, often artificially separated, is critical to that all-important “life that works”.
We describe our overall approach as a combination of “science and kindness”. A core value of CMC from day 1 (now 10 + years) has been the use of science-based and proven approaches for helping people with these very serious, at times life-threatening problems with substances. We believe we should be using the most current science to provide our clients with the best possible treatment options. Our core therapies then, include a number of these approaches, which we have utilized for years. And kindness? Well, a great fact from the science is that kindness, respect and collaboration are some of the most effective strategies in helping people; every aspect of our program is grounded in a respectful approach to the individual and their concerns.
Last, as outpatient providers for the last 20 years, we respect and understand the critical importance of “life after rehab”. Connecting to and developing a life that sustains positive change is a challenge, and much of this work needs to be accomplished upon re-entry to that life. A focus for us from day 1 of residential treatment entry is the day you will leave: your support network, your treatment and self-help plans, your wellness and life interest plans, and the quality of your work and your relationships. This is not work for your last week of rehab, but for your entire stay, as well as for members of your support network. We are deeply invested in helping you structure and maintain these connections to ‘life after”, because as we have said many times over the years, “that’s where the rubber meets the road”.