The methods of working in our therapy center
The innovative methods of our addiction treatment therapy
Our addiction therapy uses only the most effective methods of combating addiction, combining the beneficial effects of classical psychotherapy, as well as working on the body and the spiritual realm. Our program does rely on science, being inspired by the most modern therapeutic techniques with proven effectiveness – by introducing i.e.:
• behavioral-cognitive training in problem-solving skills,
• motivational dialogue,
• learning about emotions and ways of dealing with them.
Staying in our addiction therapy center is something more – we are distinguished by the fact that we put a lot of emphasis on working with the body. Regular practice of meditation, yoga or breathing exercises has a calming effect on the mind, enabling you to achieve a state of inner peace, which results in faster gaining control over addiction.
The innovative method of addiction treatment brings excellent results even in the case of severe, long-term addictions, allowing you to regain consciousness and control over your own life. A perfect example of its effectiveness is the history of our founder, which you can learn here. All methods used during addiction therapy can be used by each participant, regardless of their physical and mental condition, as they are adapted to patients individually by experienced therapists.
We offer addiction treatment in small groups (up to 12 people), thanks to which our specialists will be able to devote maximum time and attention to each patient. What’s more, each of our experts has extensive experience in dealing with emotional or existential problems.
During the stay in the addiction therapy center, we give patients the tools necessary to independently exist from the addiction, enabling them to return to a peaceful, happy life. Very often, together with patients, we are looking for a substitute addiction in the form of a new hobby, interesting activities or motivating goals. Such a comprehensive treatment plan allows for a two-week therapy at the Addiction Treatment Center to be as effective as possible and a starting point for living without addiction.
Yoga therapy helps to heal the mind and the body by eliminating physical and psychological addiction. It does clear the addict’s mind and change their appearance, causing stress relieve and health improve. Practicing Asanas is an effective way to build a physically strong body and fight different symptoms of addictions. What’s more important, a person does not have to be physically strong to start learning and to practice regularly. Focusing or themself, they have a chance to know their own body and develop better control over its needs.
Yoga therapy helps to find the perfect balance between mind, body and inner spirit. This balance is extremely beneficial for people who live chaotically and out of control. It does also help to focus on what is really important, by blocking anxieties and stress that are not beneficial for the treatment effectiveness.
The main goal of the yoga therapy is to increase the self-awareness of a person at the both physical and psychological level. Keeping the exercises regular teach addicts how to successfully relax themself. Further, the ability to repress negative emotions could be used in future as a way of dealing with overwhelming psychological, emotional or physical pain. Ultimately, the person will consciously avoid feelings that can potentially lead him to relapse.
Many breathing exercises performed by patients during therapy can increase brain activity and improve communication between the right and left sides of the brain. As a result, the patient keeps working on maintaining cognitive abilities.
People with addiction to drugs or alcohol are also suffering from unexpected and unpleasant mood changes, followed by lack of vitality. That’s why they should practice yoga regularly: the exercises are linked with more positive attitude to life and better, more stable mood.
Yoga therapy is performed slowly and quietly, with calm moves. The activity is considered a form of mediation, and its effects are often referred to an ecclesiastical. This spirituality means that a person is able to connect with his body and mind.
Ranczo Salemi is being supported by Hriday’s yoga and meditation school. Our center provides both a program prepared by its official founder Sahadja and teachers who work with our patients.
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.
The main goal of the activity is to require state of objectivity, which can have a liberating effect for people who feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts. The pursuit of the inner peace is at the foundation of meditation. Patients learn to perceive their own impulses from the perspective of a third person. During this practice, they have the opportunity to cultivate peace and satisfaction without resorting to alcohol or other addictive substances.
Meditation is crucial during any addiction therapy. It prevents relapses and teaches us how to control our emotions. Moreover, it could be still practiced after the treatment is finished. Meditation changes the way the brain processes self-awareness, introspection, fear and stress. Addicts can reasonably assess everyday situations and react to them in a more appropriate way – without the help of drugs or alcohol.
The meditative exercise combines meditation with the physical movement. The person goes through a series of arranged movements, increasing flexibility, strength and breathing. Such poses improve the self-confidence and well-being of the addict. Breathing techniques promote relaxation that relieves stress, frustration and other negative emotions.
Animal Assited Therapy
The animal therapy is a formal, structured set of sessions that helps people achieve specific goals in their treatment. The therapy includes several casual encounters, in which the animal and its carer enter into the first interaction with the patient. It is scientifically proven, that interacting with a friendly animal can help with many physical and mental problems. It does help to lower blood pressure, improving the overall health of the cardiovascular system. It does also release endorphins, which gives a calming effect, relieves pain, reduces stress and improves the general mental state of the addicted. Animal therapy can be used in many different ways, and its goals are an important part of holistic therapy – considering a huge progress, tracked during hundreds of organized sessions.
In our therapy we use dogs, alpacas and Sicilian donkeys. The goals of our animal therapy program include: improving motor skills, improving assisted or independent movement, increasing self-esteem, increasing verbal communication, developing social skills, increasing willingness to join activities, improving interaction with others.
Thanks to the therapy, the patient feels happier, has fewer depressive states and improves their attitude to life. Their sense of loneliness and isolation is reduced by gaining a friend-friendly companion. The feeling of anxiety decreases and the desire to empathic behavior increases
In fact, participants feel less anxious if the animal is present. They are more motivated to recover and perform therapy. They are also more motivated to interact more with the therapists and their relatives.