Each patient will meet with a qualified therapist in multiple intensive individual sessions throughout the week. Focus is spent on assisting the patient in identifying core issues that contribute to their addiction and beginning the process of resolving them. Focus is also spent on addressing underlying mental health, trauma and family issues that are part of the overall clinical picture. Time is also spent on assisting the patient to understand, internalize and complete work on the 30 Task Model developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer of sexual addiction treatment, developed the 30 Task Model. This model consists of 30 specific tasks that, if accomplished, greatly strengthens one’s ability to obtain and maintain sobriety. This model is incorporated as part of the overall treatment program and in connection with other successful models of treatment.
Couples and Family Work
Based upon the patient’s clinical needs, he may participate in couples or family therapy. Including family members and significant others is imperative if successful treatment outcomes are to be reached. At Paradise Creek, as part of the overall treatment process, family members will be invited into the therapeutic process either by telephone, or other computerized methods. We also offer a Couples/Family Program during the patient’s stay in order to bring family members on-site for a couple of days for individual, couples, family and group therapies
On-Site 12-Step Support Groups
Residents have a daily 12-step meeting on-site where they can apply 12-step principles to help aid in their recovery. This gives patients the opportunity to find strength in one another as they support and help each other.
Neuro-feedback and Biofeedback Treatment
Each patient might have an opportunity to participate in biofeedback therapy, based upon the patient’s treatment plan. Neuro-feedback traditionally refers to biofeedback conducted with brain waves. There are a number of different wave frequencies in the brain. Slower brain waves are associated with relaxation and imagery. Faster brain waves are associated with stress, phobias, trauma and ADD/ADHD. Neuro-feedback assists the patient in gaining significant control over their own brain wave frequencies. This in turn helps to increase and even eliminate their symptomatic patterns of stress, anxiety, phobias and PTSD. They are also able to manage ADD/ADHD symptoms. Neuro-feedback can also be used to treat depression. There is significant research that shows neuro-feedback is a successful treatment modality for generalized anxiety disorder, anger, panic disorder, PTSD, general muscle tension, phobias, depression, ADD/ADHD and addictions.
Patients will participate in experiential/activity groups that focus on recovery principles. Each Saturday, patients attend recreational activities that include the ropes courses, camp fires, hikes, art, and other forms of therapeutic expression. Daily, participants attend an activity group that consists of arts and crafts projects, game nights, movie nights, building projects, service projects and many more. These groups help build skills such as problem solving, strategy, open-mindedness, compassion, and empathy.
Each patient will participate in between 3 to 5 groups per week. Group therapy assists the patient in acquiring necessary support and begins the process of achieving sobriety. Focus is spent on understanding brain science behind sexual addiction and assisting patients in completing task work designed to help facilitate recovery.
Relapse Prevention Training
Prior to being discharged, each patient develops a long-term relapse prevention plan to help increase the prognosis of their long-term sobriety. This relapse prevention plan will be discussed with the patient and the family throughout the course of the program so that everyone involved can have input into its development; this ensures the patient will receive full support of those closest to him.
EMDR – Trauma Treatment
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that has been developed to assist patients who are suffering from trauma. The treatment can also be used to help reduce symptoms of other psychological disorders as well. The treatment focuses on stimulating each of the hemispheres of the brain intermittently, similar to what the brain does during REM sleep. By doing this in an awake and conscious state and targeting specific traumatic memories or events, the impact of the trauma can be reduced. The patient does not lose conscious memory of what happened but often time they are able to put it in a different place and effectively move forward without living in the past. Each patient will generally have a series of EMDR sessions during their stay at Paradise Creek.