What Makes The Way Recovery Different
Prayer and Mindfulness
Our prayer and mindfulness program is based on the research of Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist who is the pioneer of neurotheology. Dr. Newberg’s studies and publications consistently yield evidence that spiritual practice is the cornerstone of recovery.
We offer instruction and guidance for clients on various forms of prayer and meditation at the beginning of each group. Clients spend 30-45 minutes working with guided imagery, guided prayer, Christian contemplation, Lectio Divina and/or breath-based meditation.
Short-Term Memory Improvement
Another key focus of treatment at The Way Recovery is short-term memory focused exercises. Early research shows that by working on the prefrontal cortex as a whole, individuals are able to bring their short-term memory back online. That’s important because people with poor short-term memory can’t remember how they successfully navigated triggers from one time to another. For example, if I’m in a situation and find a way not to drink if my short-term memory system is still damaged, as is typically the case with chronic substance use or eating disorders, I will struggle to recall how I got through that situation next time it comes up.
By utilizing a series of evidence-based brain exercises we put the prefrontal cortex through a “workout” that improves its capacity to remember in challenging situations. It makes each person’s brain more receptive to everything that they’re being taught. Not only to specific triggering situations but to retain and apply the information gathered in all other aspects of the brain.
Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)
CRT is a brain-based therapeutic approach designed to restore or improve the executive function that is lost through chronic substance use. It’s accomplished by having the patients perform mentally strenuous tasks to relearn problem-solving, organizational skills, set shifting (the ability to think flexibly instead of in black-and-white) and coherence.
CRT exercises allow clients the ability to see the big picture and small picture at the same time, rather than being hyper-focused on small details without taking into account the larger context of their decisions.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of clinical work that provides a robust coping skills curriculum, which is essential for those attempting to make the transition into recovery from substances of eating disorders. Early recovery is a time of intense highs and lows and many struggle to adjust.
We’ve found that DBT’s emphasis on developing mindfulness as a skill in itself for relapse prevention is tremendously helpful in offsetting those struggles. It also makes DBT the perfect compliment to Neurotheology.
We teach DBT skills to create balance and regulation in four primary area of life; thoughts feelings behaviors and relationship.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Clients love ACT because it teaches them to become more active participants in their own spiritual lives.