Modern Western culture has been lighting on the trifecta of Body, Mind, Spirit as if it is a recent trailblazing discovery. As the lyric states, everything old is new again. The recognition of this organic coalition is common place to Indigenous people. Somewhere in the unfolding of civilization, this natural trio got separated out into three distinct lanes. Drs. George Engel and John Romano took a step back from their current day models and took the long view. They saw that humanity lives in a complex hive and each human is a complex combination of body, mind, and spirit living in the hive. Their result is the biopsychosocial approach.
The name, Whole Life Recovery was chosen mindfully, illustrating ourr vision of working with the whole person, developing a whole life plan. Our assessments include the biopsychosocial model. In addition, we use Brain Mapping to deepen understanding for assessments and the client’s own self-discovery.
WLR approaches each client as complex person with their unique body, mind and spirit who has lived in a specific environment. This is how an individual plan is crafted and implemented over the course of the client’s stay. The recovery plan includes the client, staff, family and friends. All hands on deck.
THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH
The biopsychosocial approach systematically considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding the whole person, their mental health, physical health, their environment and their addiction – all with the site set on a whole life recovery.
- The most important tool in diagnosis and therapy is self-understanding
- Health requires healthy relationships
- Life is experienced as a whole. Context is essential
- Collectively prioritize biological, psychological, and social assessments
- Develop a customized multidimensional treatment plan
WLR focuses on psycho-education surrounding addiction, relapse prevention, codependency issues, dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorders), life skills, mindfulness/spiritual awareness and trauma. Our group meetings offer a variety of processes which focus on creating healthy and stable lives. We work on skills to take home, increasingly their ability to live a productive and fulfilled life.
WLR engages our clients in weekly individual sessions with both a Case Manager and Therapist. We know that addiction is a family disease and a family program is offered every 8 weeks to those that choose to participate.
WLR uses qEEG Brain Mapping. We are able to accurately assess a client’s key brain functions and track progress over time with their neurofeedback sessions. We can identify if a specific brain area is operating poorly and provide measured guidance for improvement. This is an invaluable tool in itself but a secondary advantage is it is a scientific tool which evokes hope and confirms improvement.
“Recovery is a process of change through which individuals work to improve their own health and well-being, live a self-directed life, and strive to achieve their full potential.”
— U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2010
Every person in an addict’s life wants to make the move out of darkness into the light of understanding. No one is in this disease by themselves. Our goal is to offer the addict and the non-addict freedom from the shackles of misunderstanding.