Residential Treatment

Our Gender-Specific Residential treatment program’s focus on a long lasting sobriety and mindfulness based relapse intervention. We have seen great success in developing this innovative method of treatment which accelerates the process of breaking destructive patterns created by drugs and alcohol in your life. To accomplish this, we combine the science of substance use disorder services, nutrition, movement, and psychotherapy with Eastern techniques of Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, and Meditation to achieve a full comprehensive and individualized program.

  • Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – At AKUA, we are committed to creating a strong alliance between therapist and client to promote healing and growth of the mind, body, and spirit.  Clients will receive one 50-minute session weekly with a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern to process individual issues.  AKUA’s therapists utilize a holistic, non-judgmental approach that honors each individual’s unique strengths and potential for growth.  They are trained in the psychodynamic approach, which is highly effective for examining the underlying causes of substance abuse. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to increase the client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. A psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances.
  • Group Trauma Therapy – Exposure to traumatic experiences, especially those occurring in childhood, has been strongly linked to substance use disorders. Studies suggest that early traumatic experiences may increase risk of substance use disorders because of attempts to self-medicate mood symptoms associated with a maladaptive biological stress response.  At AKUA, clients will receive two one-hour groups weekly with a highly-trained trauma specialist, in which they will learn about how trauma affects the psyche.  Clients will learn how to identify and manage symptoms related to traumatic experience, rather that turning to drugs and alcohol.
  • Relationships Counseling –  Interpersonal relationships with spouses, partners, close friends and family, can often be a primary trigger for many individuals struggling with dependence on substances.  While these relationships can often be a source of support for an individual in recovery, it is important to examine how these interactions can be unhealthy or holding one back from positive growth.  It can also be a source of stress and anxiety, which often contributes to substance abuse. At AKUA, we provide one hour-long weekly group focused on relationships and family systems, which helps clients explore how their current behavior may be influenced by their family of origin. Clients will receive weekly meetings with a therapist to process any issues involving relationships or family.  Clients will also have the opportunity to participate in couples and family therapy if it is clinically appropriate for their recovery.
  • Personal Nutritionist and Meal Plans – At AKUA, we believe that healing begins from within.  What we choose to put in our bodies has a significant effect on our mood, thus influencing our thoughts and behavior.  Therefore, all AKUA clients will receive one two-hour group weekly with a Certified Nutritionist, in which they will receive nutritional education and an individualized meal plan.   The goal is healthy, balanced, mindful nourishment.
  • Music Therapy (Harp) –Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche.  Music therapy can help with anxiety, pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote relaxation, and many other benefits.  This is not surprising, as music affects the body and mind in many powerful ways.  At AKUA, clients will receive one hour of harp therapy each week with Certified Harp Therapist Caroline Campbell, HCHT.  Caroline provides a soothing environment for AKUA clients which enables them to learn new methods to self-soothe through experientials such as meditation, vocal toning, musical entrainment, guided imagery and meditative music.
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention – Preventing relapse requires that we develop an individualized plan to maintaining new behavior.  The plan involves integrating into this new behavior effective coping skills, diversion activities, and emotional support.  Mindfulness allows us to pay special attention to any “red flags” for relapse, without judgment or shame.  Oftentimes, a person struggling with addiction is their own toughest critic, so it’s important that clients learn the subtle difference between a lapse and a relapse. The mindfulness approach teaches clients to tune into subtle changes in mood, thought patterns, or behavior that could potentially lead to relapse. There will always be challenges on the road to recovery.  Mindfulness-based relapse prevention allows clients to practice self-forgiveness, acceptance, and self-care strategies if these minor lapses do occur. These coping skills can make the difference when cravings are intense.
  • Life Skills Classes – Most people can maintain sobriety while in treatment, but the real challenge is transitioning back into the real world.  At AKUA, we focus on life skills that will empower clients to make healthy decisions for their new sober life.  Clients will participate in weekly groups focusing on problem solving, self-awareness, effective communication, assertiveness, resilience, coping with stress, and building self-esteem.  Clients will also receive support with resume building, job or school applications, interview skills, job search, and placement with volunteer opportunities.  AKUA encourages clients to discover (or rediscover) their passion, and assists them in identifying attainable goals for the future.  This can give clients a sense of purpose, empowerment, and motivation, which is essential for a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.
  • Gender Specific Health Lectures –  At AKUA, we take a holistic approach to healing. We believe that knowledge empowers clients to make healthy choices to achieve optimum health.  Once the body has been detoxified, clients will receive weekly discussion lectures on how to maintain health and wellness, and they will learn about how drugs and alcohol affect their brain and body.
AKUA’s combination of clinical excellence in a healing and rejuvenating atmosphere that provides a revitalizing detoxification retreat. It is our goal that clients emerge from their stay at AKUA feeling physically cleansed and mentally prepared to continue their journey of recovery. Please call us to speak with one of our experienced counselors at 833-AKUA-NOW / 833-258-2669 to learn more about AKUA’s Residential Programs or to enroll one of your clients.