Methods of Working with Patients
Addiction treatment based on innovative methods
Addiction treatment based on innovative methods
Our addiction therapy uses only the most effective methods of fighting addictions, combining the beneficial effects produced by classic psychotherapy as well as work on the body and the spiritual realm. We take advantage of the benefits of science, drawing inspiration from the latest therapeutic techniques whose effectiveness has been confirmed multiple times; among others, we implement the following:
- behavioral and cognitive training in problem-solving skills,
- motivational dialogue,
- learning about emotions and ways of dealing with them.
A stay in our addiction therapy center is something more, though – we are distinguished by laying great emphasis on work with the body. Regular practice of meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises has a calming effect on the mind, enabling the patient to achieve a state of inner peace and thus gain control over the addiction faster.
An innovative method of treating addictions brings great results even in the case of hard, long-term addictions, allowing people to regain awareness of and control over their own life. A great example of its efficacy is the story of our founder, which you can learn about here. All methods applied during our addiction therapy are adapted to individual patients by experienced therapists; therefore, they can be used by each participant, regardless of their physical and mental condition.
We offer addiction treatment in small groups (up to 9 people), which gives our specialists the opportunity to devote maximum time and attention to each patient. What is more, each of our experts has extensive experience in dealing with emotional or existential problems.
During a stay at the addiction therapy center, we provide patients with the tools necessary for leading an independent life away from the addiction, thus enabling them to return to a peaceful, happy life. Together with patients, we very often look for a substitute for addiction, which can be a new hobby, interesting activities, or motivating goals. Due to this comprehensive treatment plan, a two-week therapy at the Addiction Treatment Center can be maximally effective and mark a starting point for life without addiction. You will learn more about this here – addiction treatment therapy innovative methods.
Addiction Therapy Through Yoga
Yoga therapy for addiction helps heal the mind and the body at the same time, as well as treating both physical and mental addiction. It changes the addicted person’s body and mind, releases them from stress, and improves their health. Yoga for addiction treatment is a great way to build a physically strong body and fight against various symptoms of addiction. One of the biggest advantages of yoga therapy is that a person does not have to be physically strong to start learning and exercising regularly. In addition, they get to know more about their body and develop better control over it.
Private yoga therapy for addiction helps one find the perfect balance between the mind, body, and inner spirit. This balance is extremely beneficial for people who have lived chaotically and out of control. In addition, it helps one focus on what is important, and block the kinds of anxiety and stress that are not beneficial to recovery.
One of the main points of yoga therapy is to increase a person’s self-awareness at the physical and psychological levels. When a person suffering from addiction exercises regularly, they learn to relax on their own. Additionally, the ability to fight negative emotions can be used at times when one is experiencing mental, emotional, or physical pain. And at a later stage, such a person consciously avoids feelings that could potentially lead to relapse.
Many of the breathing exercises performed by patients during therapy can increase brain activity and improve communication between the right and left sides of the brain. The patient works on maintaining cognitive abilities.
People with drug or alcohol addiction often have unpleasant mood swings and experience a lack of vitality. Yoga helps patients adopt a more positive attitude to life, have a better mood, and increase their vitality.
Yoga treatment for addiction is carried out slowly and quietly, with calm movements. Yoga is considered a form of mediation, and its effects are often referred to as spiritual. This spirituality means that a given person is able to connect with their body and mind.
There are two types of yoga practiced at the center: Kundalini yoga and Hridaya.
Kundalini yoga is the most mystical variety of yoga, which combines all mind-body techniques: physical exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, mantras, mudras (hand positions), and relaxation. This type of yoga is very popular at our addiction center, and it is praised by visitors, both beginners and more advanced ones.
Kundalini Yoga was popularized in the USA and Western Europe in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, a Hindu teacher. It is currently one of the most popular techniques, and it is used by great personalities around the world.
Kundalini Yoga is made for everyone, especially for the 21st-century human, who is exposed to a number of negative external stimuli and deals with a lot of stress on a daily basis. Yogi Bhajan called Kundalini Yoga the technology of the future, which will be especially needed by the coming generations due to the pace of life and its impact on our nervous and endocrine systems. The process of inner healing and awareness increase depends on the balance and efficiency of these two systems, which Kundalini yoga focuses on. While practicing it, we consciously approach our body and mind, trying to confront what comes to us in the form of thoughts or body sensations. Through work with the body (asanas), breath (pranayama), and mind (meditation), Kundalini Yoga is aimed at balancing internal energy centers, the transformation of energy, and clearing blockages, which results in the mental, emotional and physical balance. Kundalini Yoga helps us awaken the energy, which is a dormant potential of every human, and “direct” this energy consciously. It is a simple and effective technique adapted to every level of fitness and does not require any skills. Through regular practice, we can take control of our thoughts, eliminate negative thinking patterns, increase faith in our own abilities, reduce tension by improving the nervous system, harmonize the body, and thus feel a different quality of life as well as an overall improvement to our frame of mind.
There is also another type of yoga practiced at the center called Hridaya.
Hridaya Yoga is the yoga of the spiritual Heart. All included practices, meditations and teachings are leading to entry into the deepest dimension of reality, which in various spiritual traditions is called God, the absolute, the love, the infinite – and in the community of Hridaya is simply: the Heart.
The goal is to experience reality going beyond the temporary dimension of our humanity, body, emotions or thoughts – finding the heart of God in the depths of our heart – which leads to forgiveness, healing wounds, freeing from emotional problems (i.e. addictions) and living with an open heart.
The patron of the community of Hridaya Yoga is Ramana Maharshi, an Indian mystic who lived in the first half of the twentieth century. Wanda Dynowska – a Polish yogi associated with Józef Piłsudski, Karol Wojtyła, Gandhi and Dalai Lama – was a student of Ramana Maharshi and wrote about him: “When trying to bring your human consciousness closer to Maharshi, it was endless, infinite, unlimited as if his individuality did not exist separately from the Cosmic Consciousness. You could feel God in him, directly, almost tangibly. Personally, I’ve seen the lens of God’s light in him, the living, infinite Truth, he wasn’t just a simple man. He will never be.” On the communication of Ramana Maharshi with Poland, Wanda Dynowska wrote: “Maharshi knew a lot about Poland. He often asked about my country, read about it and helped with me with organization. Communications with Poland did not stop and after his death. I know that Maharshi is very active in helping every Pole who calls him as well as… the whole country. ”
The teachings of Ramana Maharshi are based on the simple question “Who am I?”, as the way to gain the fullest knowledge of ourself, the enlightenment. This question, used in Hriday’s meditation, leads to the deep silence of the Heart, in which thoughts are disappearing and experience of the essence of our existence appears: the unchanging, infinite “I Am.”
Here are the pages of the Hridaya Yoga community in Mexico and France. I’d like to invite you to travel deep into the Heart.
Meditation can be very beneficial for anyone trying to overcome addiction. It helps to resist the desire to reach for stimulants and to avoid relapses. It is good to combine it with other methods of treatment, e.g. traditional addiction therapy and yoga. Meditation is mainly based on breathing exercises and slowing down thoughts to induce a state of the so-called detachment. It is used to strengthen spiritual ties and enlightenment. Its practice consists of calming down the mind and focusing on a particular thought or idea.
In each case, the main goal is objectivity since it can have a liberating effect on people who feel lost in and overwhelmed by negative thoughts. At the heart of meditation lies the pursuit of inner peace. Patients learn to perceive their own impulses from a third-person perspective. In doing so, they have the opportunity to cultivate peace and contentment without resorting to alcohol or other addictive substances.
Meditation plays an important role in addiction therapy. It prevents relapse and teaches patients how to control their emotions. Its great advantage is the fact that patients can practice it themselves, even after the end of the initial period of the therapy. Meditation changes the way the brain processes self-awareness, introspection, anxiety, and stress. Those with addiction can reasonably assess everyday situations and respond to them in a more appropriate way – without the help of drugs or alcohol.
Meditation exercises combine meditation with physical movement. In a meditation exercise, a person goes through a series of arranged movements to increase flexibility and strength, as well as improving their breathing. Postures improve self-confidence and the frame of mind of a person suffering from addiction. Breathing techniques promote relaxation, which relieves stress, frustration, and other negative emotions.
Animal Assited Therapy
Animal-assisted activities are activities involving animals that aim to improve the quality of life on various levels. They engage the patient in building a relationship with an animal, stimulate the patient’s activity, and increase their initiative.
AAA at Ranczo Salemi are applied in the form of onotherapy, i.e. therapy involving donkeys. At the addiction treatment center, we have two donkeys that are part of our community and form a family with us. Like any therapy of this kind, it is an adjunctive therapy so it only complements the main therapeutic measures under the supervision of an experienced psychotherapist.
The features that make a donkey the right animal for working with humans include its appearance and height, which does not cause fear. Also, its slow gait provides greater stability and gives a sense of security. A donkey is an animal with great patience, a sense of duty and devotion. It is perfect for building relationships with humans without causing any anxiety or doubt at the same time.
Cooperation with a donkey is intended to motivate the patient to action and increase spontaneity. A person making contact with it calms their emotions and practices communication skills, with particular emphasis on the world of animals and plants. The donkey works with people without major problems and has the appropriate genetic skills for this purpose. Its presence in Italy has always been commonplace, and it has always been close to humans.