Overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction requires much more than simply abstaining from drugs or alcohol. Recovery from an addiction requires a complete reeducation of the brain, teaching addicts how to deal with their pain or anxiety in constructive ways rather than turning to drugs or alcohol.
The Riverbank House is a long-term drug addiction recovery retreat in Connecticut that offers men with alcohol or substance abuse issues the opportunity to recover in a structured, relaxing, educational environment in which they can learn how to break the cycle of addiction and focus their energy on positive mental, emotional, and physical development. The Riverbank House’s alcohol and substance abuse program gives patients the mental and spiritual education they need to stop the cycle of addiction and live their lives as a functional, working member of society
Challenges with Drug Addiction Recovery
Substance abuse issues are rarely the only problem in an addict’s life. Substance abuse is often only part of a much larger problem, such as a psychological condition, depression or anxiety, or even psychological trauma. In order to overcome an addiction, addicts must first address any underlying issues and figure out how to channel their problems into more constructive outlets.
Other challenges with alcohol and drug recovery are the result of an unstructured environment during the recovery process. Once addicts are caught in the cycle of addiction, they can develop any number of behavioral problems aimed at helping them mask their addiction or acquire more drugs or alcohol. Without a solid support system standing behind an addict, they are much more likely to resort to old habits and fall deeper into the throws of depression.
What Makes Riverbank House Effective?
In order to provide all patients with a sense of support and structure, we’ve modeled our recovery programs around the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as well as the Twelve Principles of Buddhism. Both programs help addicts to implement small but meaningful changes in their lives and measure their progress along the way. The Twelve Principles of Buddhism, enforced in the rehabilitation community, helps patients to channel their energies into positive avenues and provides them with the tools they need to change their destructive behavior from the ground up. All patients learn to live according to principles of non-aggression, mutual respect, self-reflection and improvement, and the development of constructive passions.
The Riverbank House is designed to help addicts feel immediately at ease in a warm, home-like atmosphere. Riverbank House amenities are designed to remove unnecessary distractions and help patients channel their energy into constructive and relaxing activities.
-Gym and fitness equipment on site
-Wireless internet connection
-5 fully functional kitchens
-Living rooms with TVs
-Rooms for yoga and meditation, both indoor and outdoor
· Phase I: Foundation
Phase I is meant to help patients become accustomed to recovery program and inform them of what will be expected of them, short-term and long-term. During Phase I, all patients will create goals for themselves to help measure their progress within the recovery program. They will also attend group recovery sessions meant to help provide an element of support and solidarity amongst patients. Most importantly, patients will be introduced to steps 1-3 of AA’s Twelve Step Program and begin daily meditation and yoga classes.
· Phase II: Implementation
Phase II continues on the foundation built by Phase I, requiring patients to participate in Introductory programs as well as informative Solo No More activities. Riverbank house also provides a number of career planning, financial planning, and life management classes specifically tailored to recovering addicts. During Phase II, all patients will be introduced to AA steps 4-8.
· Phase III: Vigilance
Phase II involves the extensive help of recovery coaches that work closely with each patient to help them examine and track their self-action and make sure that their recovery is in line with the short-term and long-term goals. Patients will make plans documenting their goals for their life after rehabilitation and complete AA steps 9-12.
· Phase IV: Transitional Living
Phase IV incorporates elements of real life into the recovery program, sending patients to begin independent living in a local recovery support house where they are slowly introduces back into regular life. During Phase IV, patients continue to work with a recovery coach on a weekly basis and continue to work on the Twelve Step Program to complete their rehabilitation.
If you have any questions regarding any of our services or amenities or wish to find out if Riverbank House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Community is right for you or your loved one, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.