8 Ways of Well-Being During Recovery
A Therapeutic Lifestyle Change
The programming incorporates 8 very distinct components that contribute to healthful living and balance.
Addiction is a disease that disrupts each area of the human experience—mind, body, spirit. It is our belief, and evidence shows, that incorporating a curriculum addressing all 8 areas is necessary for successful recovery.
1. Nature: Fortunate to be located in beautiful Orange County, we take full advantage of all that there is to offer. Gentle hikes around the Back Bay of Newport Beach, exploring the Canyon in Laguna Beach, picnics at the park, and trips to the beach, aquatic center and nature reserve are just some examples of the activities offered. Being outdoors, breathing clean ocean air, and soaking up vitamin D from the sunshine all support well-being.
2. Spirituality: Spirituality is a key component to our program and recovery. We offer specialty groups designed to encourage and support clients in exploring and identifying themselves as spiritual beings. Broad focus on purpose, meaning, and connection are offered through meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, yoga, and 12-step participation. Transportation to specific places of worship is also available upon request.
3. Recreation: Learning to have fun and enjoy life in recovery is vital for success—particularly in the beginning. Playful shared experiences encourage and motivate the newly sober person. Outings such as movies, sporting events, theme parks, museums, and bowling are arranged weekly.
4. Relaxation: Learning how to relax without the use of chemicals is challenging and often uncomfortable for our clients. This is a learned skill and vital to recovery. During our scheduled quiet time we unplug, slow down, and decompress. Clients practice being with themselves and learn tools to quiet their bodies and mind. Meditation, writing, reading, and art expression are offered. Active relaxation such as breathing exercises, massage, sound baths, or acupuncture are also incorporated.
5. Nutrition: Proper nutrition helps the body and mind heal, and we believe that balanced eating promotes a healthy lifestyle. Our licensed nutritionist meets with each of our clients individually on an ongoing basis; guiding and cheerleading as they learn how to adopt meal habits. Our weekly cooking classes, followed by monitored grocery shopping and family-style planned meals, promote mindfulness around eating and food to help encourage this new way of life. Body Image Groups (small, specialized groups to address addictive behaviors around food) along with specific 12-step attendance are offered.
6. Exercise: Moving and getting the blood flowing effects mood. Studies show this and we know this to be true: Exercise makes you feel better. We believe in order to have a healthy, well-rounded recovery, exercise must become part of our client’s new lifestyle. We have a personal trainer that works with each of our women to design a fitness plan specifically for them. We offer group classes with the hope that something (or multiple things) will stick. Yoga, spin, cross fit, boxing…exercises that our clients can continue practicing on their own.
7. Relationships: Healthy relationships tend to be few and far between; whether family, friendships or love interests, they are typically strained when someone enters treatment. Learning how to nurture healthy boundaries, constructive communication, and understanding ‘triggers’ are all part of learning how to build and repair relationships. Addictive destructive patterns and trauma attachment are identified so clients can begin to heal, flourish, and grow.
8. Service: Service is incredibly important. The 12th Step is all about giving back by helping others. While we don’t necessarily practice the 12th step, it’s the mindset of ‘I’m helping you, so I can’t think about me’…cementing the work done on yourself. There are causes that we as a company support, and our clients and alumni participate, but we also encourage finding causes of your own.
Roger Walsh, MD, PhD has been researching how to enhance wellbeing- physical, psychological, social and spiritual for the last 30 years. He is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as professor in the religious studies program at the University of California Irvine. Walsh originally created the 8 Ways to Wellbeing for mental health. Dr. Sonnee Weedn, Casa Capri’s Clinical Director partnered with Dr. Walsh to write an accompanying workbook and accountability curriculum for recovering people. Casa Capri is the first Drug and Alcohol program to implement this exciting evidence-based curriculum for all our clients.
Casa Capri Recovery
Our program offers the highest quality care for women struggling with addiction and co-occurring conditions in Southern California.