Chemical Dependency

Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Programs and Relapse Prevention Treatment

The first step in drug and alcohol recovery is making the decision to stop using one’s substance of choice (abstinence). Following this often difficult decision, the work begins in earnest as relapse triggers present themselves: extreme stress, relational difficulties, employment challenges, cravings and secondary addictions, often resulting in lapses in the recovery process. During this initial phase of change, it’s helpful to be supported by an IOP or PHP program that specializes in relapse prevention. The therapist and addictionologists at Harmony Place Monterey are here to help support you in your decision to recover.

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The Contributing Factors Behind Addictive Behavior

As one becomes sober, it’s often difficult to access or discuss trauma and other factors that have contributed to the development of the addictive behavior. During phase two of treatment, after the individual has established some sobriety, it’s crucial to examine family relationships as well as past events that may continue to be directly or indirectly contributing to the maintenance of self-destructive behavior.

Treating the Partner and the Coupleship as well as the User

Chemical Dependency often affects partners and families. People connected with the substance abuser may have a history of addiction, or unknowingly enable the addict through codependency. We understand that partners and family members may also need support, even if they are not necessarily found to be enabling. We recognize that in order to treat the addict, we need to treat the family/partner system that supports him/her and treat the denial or codependency that may be present in the system. At Harmony Place Monterey, we specialize in both addiction recovery and family/couples therapy, we work with the addict and his/her relational support system.

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Why Choose an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An IOP or PHP supports the individual through the benefit of daily monitoring as a safety net for working on some of the difficult and complex issues that present in chemical dependency. Often residential or outpatient treatment is not sufficient. Transitional living can help move individuals out of their own potentially triggering environment for a period of time in order to establish a significant degree of sobriety in a safe and supportive surrounding. Environmental stability is achieved at the same time the individual works to resolve major issues in one’s life, through intensive daily therapy, while making changes in lifestyle, friendships, and support systems.

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Long-term recovery from addiction requires extensive emotional understanding and recalibration of one’s internal world, lifestyle choices, surroundings, and the ability to establish nourishing and healthy support systems that may not have existed before.

The establishment of new internal and external processes takes some time to develop and become successfully engrained as a new habit. Learning to manage overwhelm, tolerate emotional or physical discomfort, uncertainty, fear, inadequacy, disappointment are amongst common triggers and are frequently associated with relapse. At Harmony Place Monterey, we address each individual’s specific issues and needs, step-by-step, providing them with tools that will help them with being in the world and in the “self” in a different way.

These new processes take time and habit to take hold and become successfully engrained.

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