What We Treat
Do you feel alone, addicted, and at the end of your rope? It may be time to make a change. True North Recovery Services is a full-service rehabilitation center for those suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse. Learn more about the specific issues we treat below.
At True North Recovery Services, we use a 12-step based approach to treatment. With that said, we are not a simple indoctrination into a 12-step program. We are not interested in selling Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is free and is open to anyone with a desire to stop drinking. What we do provide is an array of evidence-based therapies to provide our clients with the best possible outcomes. We have many patients who also participate in SMART Recovery and find that this is not an issue for them in our groups. Our treatment paradigm views addiction as a physiological condition that occurs in the brain of the addict and is treatable. We believe that evidence-based treatments work to keep the brain operating properly and we educate those we treat with this mindset.
True North Recovery Services knows that addiction often occurs with co-occurring mood disorders such as Major Depression, Dysthymic Disorder, or Bi-Polar Disorder. We utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. In addition to therapeutic modalities, patients can opt to meet with our psychiatric staff for medication management and psychiatric diagnosis.
In addition to mood disorders, anxiety disorders can be very common among those suffering from an addictive disorder. To further complicate this matter, many medications that treat anxiety disorders are highly addictive themselves. At True North Recovery Services, our expert staff will guide you and your family through these rough waters.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a treatable condition. SSRI medications can be extremely helpful as can management strategies and trauma resolution. Do not let OCD get the best of you or a loved one. Many individuals with co-occurring OCD and addiction will get clean and sober many times, only to relapse seeking relief from an intolerable, untreated condition.
Approximately 1/3 of all women with a chemical dependency diagnosis also meet criteria for anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. These conditions alone can be deadly. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest lethality rate of any mental illness and has the highest rate of lethality of any co-occurring disorder when combined with chemical dependency. Our staff has specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and has connections in the community to several private therapists and registered dietitians, so that continued support is available even after treatment has ended at True North Recovery Services.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Underlying many psycho-social disorders is trauma. Many programs report they can treat trauma but upon closer inspection have very few tools available to treat PTSD other than supportive conversation. True North Recovery Services staff has specialized training in trauma treatment. We use models of therapy that are research-based, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and the Relational Trauma Repair model created by Tian Dayton, PhD. Unresolved trauma can lead to years of repeated relapses. When trauma is a factor, treatment may need to be extended depending on the severity and the effect the trauma has had on the individual. A typical course of treatment includes regaining stability in one’s life, increasing a person’s effective coping skills, and finally selecting a model of trauma treatment that is the best fit for the patient. While this can take some time, it is well worth it and often the difference between long-term health and continued problems.
When a person enters treatment, their family has usually tried everything. Some people call this “home treatment.” When it works, outpatient and inpatient treatment are not needed. The person recovers, or changes behavior and moves on with life. When this support is not enough, is not the right kind, or comes from a difficult family of origin, family therapy can be the difference between success or not. Often in the wake of an addiction, there are spouses, parents, and/or children who also need support. True North Recovery Services provides knowledgeable, experienced family therapy facilitation. We encourage the family to learn how to end the exhaustion, find peace, and find happiness, no matter what the addict in their life decides to do in theirs.
Much like failure to launch, young adults may struggle with a non-diagnosable condition we affectionately refer to as “Entitleitis.” For some young adults, this may be due to an internal sense they have been somehow victimized by the world and are owed something. To adults who interact with them, it is obvious that this is a fantasy, but to them it is very real. The relational approach to treatment that is offered at True North Recovery Services can be the start of gratitude for a young adult who has yet to realize how wonderful their life truly is. Instead of waiting for direction, we help them find their True North.
Frequently those who suffer from addictions go through one bad relationship after another. They often have little sense of who they are, where they end, and where others begin. This can be caused by a history of trauma, or by family of origin issues such as the alcoholism or mental illness of a parent. The staff at True North will teach boundaries to those in need, both by example and through education and relational processing groups. We will also explore and resolve boundary issues in the context of couples or family therapy when necessary.
Individuals with addiction issues often suffer from low self-esteem. Self-esteem is always reduced when a person lives in a manner that is inconsistent with the values they hold internally. For example, if they grew up believing dishonesty to be wrong, as addicts who are lying in the midst of an addiction, they will suffer from a significant and consistent decrease in self-esteem. The educational process at True North Recovery services that provides education on the illness of addiction, including the physiological symptoms that facilitate these types of behaviors can be just the knowledge needed to recover from the shame and devastation of an addiction. Our supportive staff is honest and direct, but does not use a punishment-oriented approach to addiction treatment. Heavy, aggressive confrontation is associated in research with more intense relapses so we avoid this type of approach, favoring a more supportive, relational approach that engages our clients and creates the non-judgmental space they need to recover.
At True North Recovery Services, we believe that relapse is a process, not an event. We believe that the process of relapse, or “early symptoms of addiction,” are often identifiable and manageable. The early stages are activations of dysfunction that has occurred within the brain of the addict and early symptoms can be discovered which enable the person to recognize, regroup, and reorganize their recovery before drug use occurs. We do this by utilizing the Gorski Model of Relapse Prevention. In addition, we also utilize aspects of Marlatt’s Cognitive Behavioral Model of Relapse.
Other Bio-psycho-social issues. If you do not see your problem listed here, give us a call and we will either provide you with a referral to a program that is a better fit for your situation, or discuss treatment options we do have that can meet your needs. (760) 517-6544