How can we change the way substance use disorder treatment is perceived and reduce stigma?

What messages are we sending individuals working towards addiction recovery?

Having any medical issue can be difficult. Diabetes requires a complete change of daily habits and activities in order to manage the disease. If an individual is unable to make necessary changes to diet, exercise and follow a medication regime they will have health complications. However, society does not generally use negative language to discuss this disease nor do individuals with diabetes feel alienated from their families, the larger community etc. For those individuals that make the necessary changes in their life to effectively manage diabetes it will require limited effort to manage their disease and they will have few symptoms as a result of these changes. 


Does language matter?

Language does matter. Using language that assumes someone will always be "sick" can negatively impact someones perceived trajectory. Additionally, treatment facilities often spend a lot of time focusing on the "what to not do" rather than spending time focusing on the things that a client wants to achieve and the steps they need to take to get there. When all topics lead back to a discussion about the substance they have had problems with then it can limit the amount an individuals focuses on what they want out of life. These concepts fall in line with the purpose of positive thinking and goal-orientated thinking. If an individual always is always focused on being poor then that is their mindset. If one has this mindset it is more difficult to make the changes to transition out of poverty. 

It is important for a person participating in treatment to evaluate past patterns, behaviors, social groups etc. At Collective Recovery we also believe in focusing on overall well-being, goals, values and helping clients think positively about their potential. It is our experience that our clients, through recover, can live very fulfilling lives and be some of the most meaningful members of society who provide a variety of contributions. 


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What is holistic addiction recovery?

Holistic approaches to substance use disorder treatment focus on increasing the overall health and well-being of individuals. These methods promote improving physical health, emotional balance and the exploration of broader meaning. These approaches compliment mindfulness-based cognitive approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mind Body Bridging.


Collective Recovery offers yoga and meditation as exercises in mindfulness as well as nutrition and physical fitness. Nutrition and physical movement are an important part of health and well-being and support the recovery process through healing of the body. Mindfulness exercises have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Those who implement these practices often report increased internal awareness and an expansion of spiritual health. 

Collective Recovery also offers music therapy in a group and family setting. Music therapy can add for an additional way for individuals to express themselves in a safe and fun environment. Music Therapy is an evidence-based method to improve individuals physical, psychological, emotional and behavioral health. Our music therapy groups are facilitated by an individual who has completed a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy in conjunction with a mental health therapist. 

Collective Recovery is focused on improving all areas of its clients lives in order to improve protective factors to promote long term recovery. At Collective Recovery we believe that the recovery process must not be solely focused on problematic behaviors but should encourage healthy activities, habits and behaviors. 


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How do you know when a loved one needs treatment for substance abuse?


So many people are struggling with drug misuse and addiction issues this time of year. It seems we are all impacted in some way, e.g. a coworker, family member, friend etc. The following are some signs that someone may benefit from an assessment or substance use disorder treatment “Rehab.”

  1. Their alcohol or substance use causes them to withdraw from those closest to them

  2. They no longer find pleasure in activities which they previously enjoyed

  3. When without drugs or alcohol their sleep patterns are disrupted, appetite changes or they are more irritable

  4. They are unable to manage finances, have an increased need for money and possessions disappear.

It is important to know there are many methods to provide intervention and professionals to help. Left unaddressed, the situation will likely worsen. There is no shame in getting help for substance abuse issues and supporting individuals getting the care they need. 

Contact us and let us begin to help TODAY! CALL (385) 557-2183 OR FILL OUT FORM BELOW.

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