Treatment Curriculum

An Example Treatment Curriculum

While each group will follow the dynamics and needs of those participating, sample program sessions include:

Med Management / Outside Assistance
Learn how to appropriately manage medications while in recovery by establishing a relationship with a physician and pharmacy. Knowing how to approach medication management and the best steps to take is paramount to success in recovery. Outside assistance also teaches how to turn to marriage counselors, psychologists or even priests as these people have been trained in helping people.

Relapse Prevention
Relapse is not an event; it is a process. And the actual using of alcohol or drugs can happen long after the symptoms of relapse begin. Preventing relapse is one of the most critical aspects of any recovery program, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We dedicate at least one session each month to relapse prevention, working towards understanding the common warning signs of relapse and how to develop a plan to prevent it.

This session focuses on reliability, openness, being receptive to others, owning our choices, honesty and consideration to others—finding ways to be in good standing with ourselves, our families, our jobs and everyone around us.

Defining and establishing limits for our physical, emotional and social spaces are key to a healthy recovery. This session provides tips for recognizing unhealthy boundaries and creating new ones that will help us evolve into healthy, sound and sober citizens.

Emotional Sobriety
We all face the challenges of managing the emotional roller coaster, the ups and downs of daily life. In this session, we focus on the ways that our emotions affect us mentally, physically and spiritually, allowing us to create emotional balance.

There are two types of problems in life—those we have the power to do something about, and those we do not. By identifying what causes us the most fear and anxiety, then classifying them into one of the two categories, we can find ways to understand, accept and overcome the fears we face on a daily basis.

Budgeting & Finances
Finances cause stress and challenges for nearly every one of us. By applying the concepts of recovery to our finances, we can deal with those challenges, manage our expenses and maintain our financial stability.

Fun in Recovery
Getting sober doesn't mean the end of all excitement in our lives. This session focuses our past, present and future experiences of having fun—all focused on rethinking the experience of what fun and friendship looks like.

Life Balance
Recovery takes time. Addictions are not developed or cured overnight. This session focuses on maintaining balance in our lives and finding the keys to permanent recovery.

Old Behaviors
Our behaviors are the result of our thinking. The key to changing our thinking lies in recognizing and addressing our old behaviors.

Outside Assistance
On the road to recovery, many of us realize that we face other challenges and problems that the 12 steps cannot resolve. This session focuses on approaching medical professionals, sharing our history of addiction and seeking other services, such as marriage counselors, personal trainers and spiritual guidance.

Physical Fitness
The minute we stop putting substances into our bodies, we begin the healing process. While on the road to spiritual and mental recovery, it's time to focus on physical recovery as well. This session covers the benefits of physical exercise, aerobic workouts and strength training.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
PAWS is a common condition of early sobriety, and those in recovery can suffer from its effects for as much as two years. This session explains the causes, symptoms and strategies for dealing with PAWS to ensure it doesn't hinder our progress in recovery.

Physical Addiction & Mental Obsession
This session helps us understand the physical effects of craving and the reactions in our bodies that make us addicts or alcoholics. And understanding is the first step to overcoming.

Sharing the Journey
Throughout our progress, we will hear from others who have walked the path of recovery before us. They will share their experiences, their challenges and their new outlooks on life, helping us better understand the steps and actions we must take to free ourselves from addiction.

Our addictions have taken a toll on many, if not all of our most important relationships. This session helps us address how we dealt with relationships in the past and the ways we can better approach them today.

We all have the power of choice. As alcoholics and addicts, we lost the power to choose when we drank or used, but that doesn't mean we have lost the power of choice in other areas of our lives. This session deals with that power, our self-will, and the ways that we can use it for our benefit.