The Guardian Path

In our 15 years of experience, we have come to realize the critical importance of a continuum of care for individuals seeking sobriety. Science has discovered that addiction is deeply rooted in the brain. As a result, the brain must actually be re-wired. It takes time to re-wire the brain’s neural pathways; and perhaps even longer to break the behavioral and thought patterns that reinforce an addiction.

The full Guardian Path takes individuals on a progressive journey from medical detox, to residential inpatient, to partial hospitalization, to intensive outpatient and aftercare. We have found this journey to be an extremely effective path because it allows individuals the time and tools they need to transform. It equips them  to deal with their emotions, make meaningful personal connections, be accountable and face life sober. And it allows them to slowly re-integrate into the world-at-large while supported by peers and professionals.

While we believe the Guardian Path is extremely effective, we acknowledge that every individual is unique. Depending on the severity of the addiction or an individual’s life circumstances, different stages of treatment might be appropriate. Guardian’s team of experienced Treatment Advisors and Case Managers work together to craft a custom recovery plan that best suits the individual. Regardless of which stage of treatment one pursues, we are confident our programs will help individuals get firmly on the path to lifelong recovery.

Stabilization

Motivation

Reintegration

Stabilization

What is addressed?

  • Physical detoxification
  • Emotional stabilization
  • Individual Addiction Assessment
  • Laying a foundation for continued recovery

How long is it?

  • A client’s duration in this stage is based on what is deemed medically appropriate by professional clinicians. Typically it is between 3-14 days depending on the severity of an individual’s addiction, and any underlying medical conditions.

Goals:

  • Detox safely & comfortably
  • Clear the mind
  • Stabilize the body
  • Learn about addiction & recovery
  • Find hope for a new life
  • Plan the next right steps to continue recovery

What services?

Immersion Phase 1 Stabilization

Set in one of our serene, comfortable and modern residential medical detox facilities, this stage in the Guardian Path focuses on physical, mental and emotional stabilization.

Continued drug and alcohol abuse severely impacts an individual’s physical and mental health. Once an individual’s body and brain are used to having a substance in the system on a regular basis, the central nervous system and brain chemistry recalibrate to accommodate the presence of that substance. When the substance is stopped abruptly, the mind and body revolts. Without medical help, withdrawal can be an agonizing, even life-threatening, experience. But at Guardian Recovery Network’s facilities, we help individuals safely and comfortably detox from drugs and alcohol.

We utilize a variety of medications to ease the pain of withdrawal and make the process safe. We offer 24/7 medical supervision and an experienced clinical staff. Our medical detox facilities are well-appointed with comfortable beds, entertainment options, serene lounge spaces, 24/7 snack bars and a kitchen with a dedicated chef who cooks three nutritious meals a day. Private rooms are available at all our facilities.

Once the mind has cleared and the body stabilized, clients participate in voluntary group therapy, educational workshops, 12-Step meetings, guided meditation, acupuncture and yoga. They begin to learn about the disease model of addiction and what actions will be required for their ongoing recovery. They are introduced to tools for regulating their emotions, responding to triggers and staying healthy. They actively work with a case manager to craft a plan for their next moves following detox. Once an individual demonstrates engagement in treatment and is physically well, clients are encouraged to proceed to motivation.

Motivation

Motivation

What is addressed?

  • Fully understanding one’s condition as an addict or alcoholic
  • Learning tools for regulating emotions
  • Changing negative thought patterns
  • Breaking destructive cycles of behavior
  • Beginning to heal past traumas

How long is it?

  • A client’s duration in this stsge is based on what is deemed clinically appropriate by professional staff. Typically it is 28-60 days.

Goals:

  • Find hope for recovery
  • Recognize negative patterns of behavior & thoughts
  • Learn tools to transform our behaviors & thoughts
  • Build a sense of community with other clients
  • Begin healing past emotional wounds

What services?

Immersion Phase 2 Motivation

The motivation stage is all about self-awareness and healing. Clients understand fully what addiction is and why recovery is vital. They admit that without help, they are overpowered by their addiction and doomed to repeat it if they don’t utilize the recovery tools they will learn. As they are exposed more and more to recovery, and other recovering individuals, they begin to believe that there is hope — that their life can improve.

Clients  begin examining what might be blocking them from the life they desire. They start to identify negative thought patterns, destructive cycles of behaviors and false beliefs that are holding them back from experiencing the joys of recovery. Clients start to see their own defects of character and acknowledge where they’ve played a part in their past troubles. They see how change is possible if they follow the recovery path. Many of our clients have been to treatment or attempted recovery before. For those clients, this stage works to identify the reasons the client previously failed to maintain long-term sobriety and identifies potential pitfalls.

Our clients also start the process of re-establishing healthy relationships with loved ones and the outside world. They participate in family therapy and begin to build sober support networks. They are given increasing exposure to local peer-support communities (AA, NA, Smart Recovery). Clients begin daily implementation of long-term recovery practices such as prayer, meditation, daily inventory and mindfulness exercises.

Reintegration

Reintegration

What is addressed?

  • Practical application of recovery tools in day-to-day life
  • Secure employment, go to school or volunteer
  • Be of service to a recovery community
  • Participate in ongoing individual, group & family therapy
  • Continue healing

How long is it?

  • A client’s duration in this stage is based on what is deemed clinically appropriate. Typically lasts 60+ days.

Goals:

  • Increase self confidence & integrity
  • Develop responsible routine
  • Stay active in recovery community
  • Progress toward personal life goals like work or school

What services?

Immersion Phase 3 Reintegration

While in the stabilization and motivation stage of the Guardian Path, clients are used to a highly structured life with little freedom to stray into old behaviors or encounter temptation. In stage 3, clients are learning to slowly re-integrate into the world-at-large. This stage is considered the most critical, challenging and risky period of one’s early recovery. It is when clients learn to actually utilize the tools they learned throughout the first two stages.

During this stage, an individual generally lives in a sober living home or in their own home (so long as it is a healthy environment). Clients will start to work, attend school, or volunteer throughout the week while also participating in one of Guardian Recovery Network’s intensive outpatient (IOP) groups several times a week, for a few hours each time. Clients are encouraged to incorporate outside recovery meetings, attend one group every week (a home group), have a service position and build sober support in the recovery community of their choosing. Clients are also encouraged to get some sort of physical activity, and have some fun with other sober peers. This stage of recovery is when an individual starts to learn how to actually live sober. They begin to establish healthy habits, routine and self-discipline. They begin to experience the fruits of recovery.

Clients are also likely to encounter some challenging moments during this stage — co-workers with difficult personalities, responsibilities that weigh on them, confrontation with family members, settings that glamorize drinking and periods of boredom and idle time. In the motivation stage clients are supported by their therapist, recovery community and treatment peers to help them get through these rough spots. By conquering the rough spots sober, individuals develop self-confidence, self-esteem and personal integrity.

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