We take a modern approach to recovery that is trauma informed and based in current neuroscience research. We start from the bottom up which means we address the regulation of our client’s nervous system to feel safe with us and in their own body to then feel the emotions and address the thoughts covered up by their addiction. By regulating the present, we help our client resolve their past and renew their future. The design is to assist our client to stop using whatever ‘substance’ or behavior they are addicted to as soon as they commit to the program. We want our client to start feeling some hope as soon as possible. Our intention is also for our client to keep their job and maintain their life while completing our Core Program.
We teach our client very quickly how to live life on life’s terms in gratitude while working through past traumas and wreckage, making amends for their wrongdoings with family, friends, and working relationships. We teach our client how to communicate their feelings, first to themselves, then with their spouse and family. If our client has a family, we help repair any damage to those relationships due to their addictive behaviors and make their family bonds stronger as a result. We will also work with the spouse and children as part of this process. We empower our client by giving them a ‘toolbag’ of skills, language, and behaviors to begin healing from the traumas underlying their addiction. They increase self-awareness and self-love, and create a lifestyle of emotional, mental, and spiritual fitness.
It is essential that our client has the willingness to do the work we suggest. It is the main key to their success. Our client must also be accountable through journal writing assignments, letter writing assignments, phone or text check-ins throughout the program even daily if necessary, and weekly sessions with their coach and team. We have 2 sessions a week with our client until they have achieved 30 days sobriety with us. Then, we go to one session a week for the duration of the program. If there is no relapse and our client does all the suggested inner and outer work, the duration of our Core program is 16 weeks. We understand that relapse may be a part of recovery, so we allow up to 20 weeks without further review of cost and commitment level for our client.
We have found this program to be affective for anyone with addictive behaviors of any kind. The criteria are that whatever behavior they are engaged in is disrupting their lives and relationships to a point where they are ready and willing to do something about it. If our client sees their situation as ‘bad’ we will suggest things in our program to make their situation and life ‘good’. For our client who wants to take their ‘good’ life and make it better, we are ready for them too.
If our client is at a crisis point thereby needing hospitalization, substance treatment, medical, psychological aid, we will encourage them to get proper help and make referrals as we can. We are sobriety coaches only and do not provide any of these other services. We will also work with existing medical and mental health professionals in our program to maximize the benefit of our clients’ efforts for improvement.
Once our client has completed the Core Program, they are invited to become way-showers to our newer clients and become leaders in the growing community of HEROS. This keeps them involved in their own continuing progress while contributing to the environment of safety and positive co-regulation needed to maintain individual and collective serenity.