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Our Approach

 

Overview
At Ginger's House, our treatment model consists of three phases designed to guide young women through early part of their recovery and supply them with the tools skills and self knowledge to help them sustain long term recovery. Within each of these phases, women participate in a variety of specialized programs based on best practices from the mental health field.  Each of our programs are led by highly qualified, licensed, and experienced practitioners who are dedicated to our mission. This model provides for collaboration of case managers from all programs to work together to provide comprehensive individualized care.

 

Our Model
Our innovative model is designed with a blend of two dominant approaches to helping those with addictions: the medical/addiction treatment model and the Recovery Model, most often associated with the AA/12 Step Tradition. The medical model relies on assessment, diagnosis, treatment provided by professionals with advanced degrees in psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Medication is frequently a component of treatment.

The Recovery model is based on principles and beliefs originally espoused by Alcoholics Anonymous, which began in the 1930’s. In this tradition, alcoholism and addiction is viewed as a spiritual condition and recovery based on The 12 Steps guided by non-professional, recovered persons.

Recovery is most often associated with AA/12 Step Tradition.  Also referred to as sobriety or being clean, recovery goes well beyond abstinence; it is a lifestyle that involves the following elements:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
  • Service: Having received unearned love and support from others, and as a means to break out of self-absorption, sobriety involves giving back to others through sponsorship, leading meetings, and helping others

 

Just as addiction progresses over time resulting in a progressive deterioration of all aspects on a person’s life, recovery needs to progressively build or rebuild the foundation for a healthy life. Our model incorporates a deep understanding that addiction, especially in conjunction with co-occurring mental illness, negatively impacts all domains of an individual’s life (physical, mental, spiritual, familial, educational, vocational, relational) with profound and multiple consequences that take time to mend. As women demonstrate progress, they are incrementally exposed to circumstances that require greater responsibility for their own healthy choices and actions.

We utilize a reintegration approach involving three distinct phases. This approach is predicated on the concept of helping the addicted individual make gradual and incremental steps toward greater self-responsibility and autonomy. As women show competency with phase-specific tasks, and embody the corresponding values, the external monitoring, structure and support is gradually reduced. The objectives of reintegration are the development and successive generalization of skills from one phase to the next with the goal of total community integration.

 

Clinical Services
Ginger’s House provides an array of mental health and substance use/addiction services through Addiction Assessments & Counseling. Our services include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, substance abuse programs, and contracted mental health services. Our multidisciplinary team provides treatment of mood, anxiety, behavioral and post traumatic stress disorders, in addition to substance, sex/love, food, and process addictions.

Clinical treatment services provided in all three phases include:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (Phase I and 11)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Drug Testing
  • Parent/Family Therapy
  • Expressive Therapies

 

Skills Based Learning
Our goal is to help young women incrementally learn (or relearn) the ability to live meaningfully without using alcohol and drugs. Ginger’s House recognizes that addiction is a progressive disease that negatively impacts all aspects of an individual’s life including:

  • Self-care (proper hygiene, nutrition, exercise): because the addiction takes on primary importance the individual will neglect her more basic needs
  • Self-control or self-discipline: as addiction progresses, the capacity to postpone wants and gratification erodes as does the capacity to tolerate frustration when wants/needs are not met immediately (“I want what I want when I want it!”)
  • Coping skills: skills and capacities to cope with life’s realities, both positive and negative. Since the addicted individual can instantly change how she feels, or as a means to avoid painful circumstances, her capacity to cope with what may be even minor stress gradually diminishes
  • Relationship skills:  Healthy and rewarding relationships require trust and honesty, give & take, compromise, and the skills to resolve conflicts. When a brain’s pleasure centers are hijacked, relationships with other humans, which can be frequently frustrating (especially when family or loved ones try to separate the addict from her drug) become increasingly devalued. As the substance becomes the most important relationship (the best friend) the addicted young woman becomes ever more isolated and alienated from others
  • Purpose & Meaning, Spirituality: Alcoholism/Addiction is a physical, mental and spiritual condition.  As the disease of addiction progresses, the procuring and using of substances essentially becomes the purpose and meaning of the addict’s life

 

Our model is designed to address each of these areas in an incremental and systematic manner. For more information, please contact us today.

 

"If you don't believe in miracles, you've forgotten you are one" ~ Proverb

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