Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Mindfulness-Based Master Class for Personal Growth and Recovery (from anything)

The Two Wolves An old man is teaching his grandson about life. A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and the ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every person too. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old man simply replied " The one you feed."

The Two Wolves
An old man is teaching his grandson about life. A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and the ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every person too.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old man simply replied ” The one you feed.”

I am committed to offering you the help that you need in a professionally intimate setting, honoring your dignity and integrity as an individual.

With clinically sound practices, I treat you as the whole, individual person that you are, not just as a disorder or diagnosis, avoiding a cookie cutter approach to mindfulness-based treatment.

But I can only meet you half way. You have to reach out and make the first move to start or continue your personal growth.

My philosophy is there are as many forms of personal growth as there are people. And while you will never receive all the answers from any one source, you will learn, among other things, to keep asking the important questions about your healing process and take the necessary steps to answer them.

Learn more about my  treatment philosophy here.

Just as you wouldn’t naively expect one huge meal to last you for the rest of your life, don’t expect one quality treatment experience to heal you once and for all, and then to live happily ever after.

While you will learn valuable skills in treatment, it is ultimately up to you to practice them on an ongoing basis. Another word for recovery is life. And because life is an ongoing process, so is recovery.

Mindfulness-Based Recovery (from anything) Master Class Details

My outpatient master class is an integrative experience inclusive of the following elements:

    • Group Work – My style is to facilitate the group process to embrace a comprehensive model of approaches including mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, affective and insight oriented therapies etc. addressing your relevant substance use, addiction and mental health issues.
    • Psycho-education – Rather than lecturing, I weave education regarding substance abuse, addiction, recovery, relapse prevention, trauma and mental health issues into the group process. I use cinema therapy and the principles of the Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga to teach you the vital concepts and elements of the recovery process.
    • Mindfulness based meditation – I use meditation to provide you with the skills you need to change your established patterns of distorted thinking, reduce and manage your stress and emotional pain and decrease or eliminate your impulsive, compulsive and reactive behaviors. Through meditative discipline, you will also learn how to successfully manage cravings, urges, preoccupation and triggers.
    • The Four Pillars

Through my Four Pillars model and the work book I’ve written, you will learn how this mindfulness-based approach to personal growth increases your awareness of how to more skillfully manage challenging thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationships. In this small group setting we work with a full-spectrum of common issues through this experiential approach to self-enrichment i.e., trauma, anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar, ADHD, OCD, compulsive behaviors, substance use, obsessive thinking, emotion regulation skills, over-eating, codependency, sex/love issues and so on… You will learn, through experiential meditation and mindfulness practices, gentle and compassionate ways of evolving out of old, unconscious, habitual and self-defeating patterns of reactivity to the many stressors of your life and develop new, skillful ways of consciously responding to them; increasing your personal experience of peace of mind and contentment; learning how to savor the so-called “ordinary” moments that make up the flow of your life. With a growth mind-set, you will discover the value of cultivating internal rewards through the kind and patient repetition and persistence of this life-time practice.

    • Thoughts – At the core of recovery from any problem is learning how to change your relationship to your thoughts. Taking responsibility for how you manage your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes is key in developing a quality program of recovery, including an improved sense of self-esteem.
    • Emotions – Likewise, managing your emotions is your responsibility, even if other people or circumstances have contributed to them. Satisfying emotional sobriety flows from learning about the relationship between your thoughts and your emotions and how to skillfully work with them.
    • Behaviors – The way you act (including how you speak to others) equally influences and is influenced by your thoughts and emotions. With sincere behavioral changes, you will enjoy significant rewards of the recovery process.
    • Relationships – Habitual patterns of reactivity to our thoughts and emotions, as well as other people, make for poor quality relationships with yourself and others. Developing new ways of relating to yourself and others is an essential aspect of personal growth.

As the full weight of life continues to weigh on you, you will be grateful for having developed strong, load bearing pillars to support the quality of your personal growth process.

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