Have you ever wished you could just stop . . .
Drinking, Overeating, Smoking, Gambling, Shopping, Injuring Yourself?
If you are struggling to break the cycle of anxiety and addiction, The Family Institute’s approach will help you move beyond destructive habits and experience balance, healing and healthy lifestyle.
In our culture people suffer of imbalance: too much work, too much play, too many stimulants. In the attempt to replenish our depleted energy and regain some solace we end up eating or drinking too much… or too little.
Our bodies are crying for an appropriate restraint, but we do not know how to interpret the signs and how to respond to them appropriately.
We fall into habits that are a definite health risk and make us feel bad.
When a crisis strikes, our tendency to respond with sheer will power establishes an internal struggle that at best produces temporary results.
Treatment at The Family Institute starts with the belief that people aren’t powerless in the face of addiction, in fact, each of us has the option and the ability to replace life-damaging choices with life affirming ones.
In our program, you will learn how to shift into a natural, balanced and friendly relationship with oneself. It is designed to help you become free from old patterns, end yo-yo dieting, experience a healthy body image, and develop healthy lifestyle routines. It provides tools to enhance a compassionate approach to life and the body that supports it.
What will I learn through my anxiety or addiction treatment at The Family Institute?
- Learn to recognize the purpose your habit serves.
- Develop healthy self-care and compassionate self-awareness.
- Learn to identify triggers and avoid relapse.
- Find alternatives to deal with stress in ways that provide lasting relief.
- Discover the ancient wisdom of countering stress through meditation.
- Connect to your life’s true purpose, meaning and passion.
- Develop a more mindful relationship with hunger, food/drink, and behavior.
- Maintain a sense of gratitude for your own personal strengths and supports.
Which types of therapies are utilized to treat addiction and anxiety at The Family Institute?
Mindfulness Meditation Training:
Drawing on the lessons of meditation practice, our program teaches how to facilitate a crucial shift in mindset and life approach. Meditation teaches people to shift their focus away from the constant striving toward a mindful attention to the present moment, to their breathing and their bodies.
People learn to watch their thoughts and feelings without judging them and being tossed by them. This keeps people from acting out destructive and automatic habits and response. Research findings suggest that mindfulness can curb anger, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and eating disorders.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):
These therapies focus on questioning and testing automatic thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. DBT is an approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
A process using narratives of guided imagery for self-exploration. This skill is used to strengthen the mind-body connection, facilitate relaxation, enhance self-esteem, formulate goals, problem solve, and manage stress.
A type of psychotherapy designed to identify family patterns that contribute to a problem and help family members change those patterns. Family therapy involves discussion and problem-solving sessions with the family. In family therapy, the web of interpersonal relationships is examined and communication is strengthened.
Life Skills Coaching:
The Life Skills model focuses on the problem-solving skills needed to successfully manage all aspects of life; self, family, community, career, and leisure. Typical topics include communication skills, goal setting, conflict resolution, managing change and handling stress. The therapist uses experiential techniques such as role-playing, and structured exercises to facilitate learning and behavior change.