Various treatment modalities include yoga at sunrise.At Kemah Palms Recovery, our goal is to create an integrated holistic approach that is extensive and life-changing. Our goal is to give each individual client the best opportunities for long-term recovery and a sober, healthy life by working at both the emotional level to uncover the core issues causing the addiction or co-occurring disorder, and also at the practical level to create coping skills and a clear life plan. A choice of treatment modalities facilitates an integrated, successful recovery.

Our commitment to excellence is evidenced by our treatment program, which is comprised of various diverse treatment modalities facilitated by our skilled and compassionate staff. Each patient is assigned a physician, psychiatrist, and primary counselor, and this multidisciplinary team works together with a patient to develop an individualized treatment plan that helps the patient achieve their goals.

The following are some of the proven-recovery methods and therapeutic processes that Kemah Palms Recovery integrates into a holistic approach for a personalized recovery treatment program:

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture provides numerous proven benefits during the substance abuse recovery process. It helps minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety and restlessness associated with withdrawal while increasing an overall sense of calm.

As one of our alternative treatment modalities, acupuncture accesses natural channels of energy in the body. These channels can get blocked through emotional trauma, abuse, and damage by drugs and alcohol. The needles used in acupuncture access these channels along certain points in the body and “unblock” the energy, allowing it to flow freely through the body. Blocked energy in the body can result in a host of ailments, including stagnated blood, headaches, digestion, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Acupuncture is a natural way to reduce the restlessness and anxiety that newly recovering addicts may encounter. Also, it helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and increases overall relaxation.

At Kemah Palms Recovery, we use Acupuncture Therapy to help those early in sobriety overcome the initial discomfort and adjustment period so that they can concentrate on all aspects of their treatment options and recovery.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process of making art to improve a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art encompasses many different forms of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help individuals resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

Art Therapy is used to treat a various mental disorders as well as psychological distress. It is one proven form of the treatment modalities we offer that facilitates self-expression and self-discovery. An individual’s inner world of images, feelings, thoughts, and ideas are manifested and conveyed artistically – sometimes allowing an individual to express themselves artistically more easily and honestly than they can verbally.

At Kemah Palms Recovery, Art Therapy is an important vehicle to successful self-actualization.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy technique that addresses the conversation that takes place within the unconscious mind, which impacts behavior either negatively or positively. More importantly, CBT explores the patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive behavior.

For example, giving a person an ice cream cone can engender different responses. First, this person can respond positively, “I love ice cream…Wow, thank you.” Or, this person can respond negatively, “I am too fat to eat this ice cream cone. Ugh, I need to lose weight.” Negative responses often lead to anxiety, mood disturbance, and substance abuse.

In CBT, one of our various treatment modalities, the individual and therapist work together to focus on the here-and-now to help in the recovery process. They search for patterns of thinking that negatively affect behavior and work to modify those thought processes to reflect a positive self-image. CBT explores reactions to outside stimulus, and it helps individuals uncover and recognize unhealthy thoughts more readily so that they can change them as they occur.

At Kemah Palms Recovery, The goals of CBT include the following:

  • Allow individuals to identify problem areas in their lives, including conditions such as substance abuse, grief, anger, and mental illness. They will be able to decide which areas to focus on
  • Reveal which thoughts, emotions, and beliefs enhance the problem areas of their lives so that they can modify actions and behaviors that engender more positive results
  • Challenge negative thinking by testing the accuracy of those thoughts and thereby changing the individual’s perception of what really behind those negative thoughts

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is an evidence-based approach targeting patients with chronic emotional dysregulation problems and impulse issues which result in behavioral difficulties. It suggests that some people react more intensely toward some emotional situations resulting in a dual effect: a higher level of emotional stimulation to stress and a prolonged inability to calm down. Also, these people suffer from extreme mood swings and the inability to cope with intense surges of both emotions and stress.

Kemah Palms Recovery integrates DBT into their holistic recovery program to help patients overcome the challenges they face while empowering them with increased problem-solving skills, cognitive reasoning, and the ability to control and balance their emotions. We focus on reducing destructive behaviors by teaching coping skills and adaptive behaviors, which improves basic social skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, reality acceptance, and mindfulness.

By using treatment modalities that teach the skills and behaviors to cope with emotions more effectively, DBT helps individuals lead a happier and healthier life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing (EMDR)

EMDR is fairly new non-traditional type of psychotherapy. It is used particularly in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with increased frequency and success. Basically, EMDR uses a person’s own rapid eye movements to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of trauma.

In EMDR, one our effective treatment modalities, the therapist moves their fingers back-and-forth in front of the patient’s face, asking them to follow the hand movements with only their eyes. Meanwhile, the patient is asked to recall disturbing events that have lingering traumatic effects. Gradually, the therapist guides the patient to shift their thoughts to more pleasant memories in hopes of helping the patient release the disabling effects of these disturbing memories.

People who suffer from PTSD generally have difficulty facing the overwhelming effects of trauma. Drugs, alcohol, and the continued dependency upon prescriptions are used to alleviate the debilitating effects of PTSD. In fact, individuals with PTSD experience drug and alcohol addiction at twice the rate of their non-traumatized individuals.

EMDR helps with managing PSTD, panic attacks, addictions, eating disorders, and anxiety. This therapeutic method has been deemed effective by the American Psychiatric Association, Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Our clinical team uses EMDR to uncover repressed or buried memories that cause pain and psychological distress. In time, insight emerges that transforms the memories or creates new, positive associations. Using EMDR is another one of our successful treatment modalities and our goal at Kemah Palms is to help individuals break through old patterns, shed faulty beliefs, and face past traumas that cause emotional pain and lead to substance use and abuse.

Family Therapy Program

Kemah Palms is committed to working closely with family members throughout the course of treatment, in all levels of care. Chemical dependency is a family illness; yet, a false notion exists that the family caused the addiction or that they can control it and help “make” the person get sober. In addiction, family members are frequently forced into unhealthy roles of enabling their loved ones because they care; however, this behavior actually hinders the addict’s wellness. Active participation in the recovery process, through healthy visitation, education, and counseling, gives the family opportunities to learn different ways to support someone in treatment and in the long-term recovery process.

Addiction can affect families in an extensive and devastating manner. Often, loved ones are deeply hurt because of the damage inflicted by the addict’s behaviors. Through treatment, families gain knowledge about the disease and learn how to best relate to their addicted loved one through the therapy we provide. Families take an active role in their own recovery–their own healing–which leads to greater stability and success for all.

There is one simple fact when working with families in addiction treatment: family participation greatly increases the person’s chances for recovery.

Goals of the Kemah Palm’s Family Therapy Program include:

  • Providing factual information on addiction and families
  • Decreasing the family’s response to the chemical dependency
  • Encouraging family members to gain their own sources of support
  • Assisting families in learning healthy ways to support their loved one’s recovery

Group Therapy (Psychotherapy) and Counseling

At Kemah Palms Recovery, Group Therapy plays an integral role in the recovery process. Rather than meeting on-one-one with a therapist, patients meet in a small group led by a therapist. Through this process, patients can benefit from the not only guidance and assistance provided by the mental health treatment provider, but from the shared experiences and issues facing others in the group who struggle with similar issues.

The following are some of the benefits of group psychotherapy:

  • Learning better communication and conflict-resolution skills
  • Building interpersonal connections with people who can relate to the challenges of living with substance abuse issues or co-occurring disorders
  • Sharing personal problems and receiving feedback and perspective from other group members, including the therapist
  • Vocalizing frustrations in an appropriate forum
  • Learning from the mistakes, failures, and successes of others living with similar struggles
  • Developing important coping skills, such as managing stress, identifying trigger issues and situations, and processing trauma
  • Releasing the shame associated with addiction, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders

Healthy Activities Program

At Kemah Palms Recovery, we believe that successful recovery and treatment from substance abuse and mental illness require replacing old negative behaviors and actions with healthy activities and positive thinking. Positive change cannot happen without positive action and a sense of purpose. Kemah Palms Recovery offers various recreational activities, with the goal of reducing stress, worry, and anxiety through healthy activities.

The following are some activities included as treatment modalities in our Healthy Activities Program:

  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Team Sports
  • Gardening
  • Table tennis
  • Cooking Class
  • Planned Outings, such as art shows, movies, shopping, and ropes course

Massage Therapy

At Kemah Palms, we discovered that people in the early stages of addiction recovery often experience an uncomfortable gap between their body and mind. Therapeutic massage can bridge that gap, and it is a powerful adjunct treatment in the addiction and recovery process.

Massage Therapy promotes relaxation, enhances well-being, restores health to tissues, and helps the body release toxins. The physical, emotional, and spiritual components of recovery all directly benefit from Massage Therapy, and it is another way we treat the whole person.

All Massage Therapy sessions are performed by a licensed and trained massage therapist. Our Massage Therapy program is integrated into a patients program according to their needs and during all stages of the recovery process.

Meditation Therapy

Meditation Therapy is another offering in our holistic treatment program, and it promotes the healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Meditation is guided and led by a therapist; however, patients are encouraged to continue this practice on their own time and in their own space.

Meditation, yet another of our alternative treatment modalities, allows for a greater self awareness, a greater connection with internal spirituality, and a greater internal peace in life. During meditation, memories, emotions, and behaviors can be examined introspectively and objectively. Through meditative introspection, patients often come to a better understanding of the things in their life that cause them to abuse drugs or alcohol and to better understand what they need to do to avoid future substance abuse. Meditative awareness also illuminates the true destruction of substance use and abuse, and it does not allow for any denial of self-inflicted harms.

Through an analytic and unemotional awareness of our behaviors, the stresses in our lives become less emotionally provoking, and this sense of tranquility tends to expand beyond the period of meditation and induces greater calm in all of our dealings. The normally stressful and upsetting events in our lives can often become less upsetting with a better internal awareness. A reduction in the influence of external stress reduces the power of the environment to lead us to relapse and substance use or abuse.

Meditation also has spiritual benefits as introspection often engenders or reawakens a greater sense of spiritual connection.

Meditation promotes relaxation and involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind. It is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high-blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) attempts to increase motivation to make positive and healthy changes a patient’s life. In treating addiction and substance abuse, MET enhances the power of self-control and promotes a willingness to change. It is a useful tool for gaining self-esteem and self-control over unhealthy and unwanted behaviors.

MET is based on the simple idea that people who suffer from addiction or co-occurring disorder issues have a deep-seated desire to make changes in their lives and overcome these issues. Our trained therapist use that conviction to help patients identify harmful behaviors, regain hope and optimism about their capacity to change, and explore the impediments for a new beginning. MET helps patients develop a personal plan that empowers them to realize their ultimate desire to end their addiction and substance abuse.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy has been established as adjunctive, highly adaptable part of our treatment modalities that is valuable to Kemah Palm’s holistic approach to addiction and substance abuse treatment. Considering the diversity of both primary and secondary addiction-related problems, Music Therapy may meet a wide variety of treatment goals. Patterns of addiction and defense mechanisms can be ameliorated by the creative experience involved in Music Therapy. Some of the benefits of Music Therapy are the cornerstones of a healthy recovery, including:

  • Improving the perception and differentiation of feelings
  • Promotes self-expression and self-awareness
  • Increases group cohesiveness and peer interaction
  • Enhances the development of a positive, healthy self-image
  • Facilitates relaxation and stress reduction

Neurofeedback Therapy

Emotional pain can be masked by all sorts of symptomatology, mental illness, and addictions. Neurofeedback Therapy is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used as feedback on brain activity to teach self-regulation. This therapy attempts to train a patient to become more aware of their physiological responses and how to gain control of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is the executive functioning center.

The brain generates electrical signals when neurons fire. Over time, substance addiction and conditions the brain to associate certain signal patterns negatively. During Neurofeedback Therapy, brain activities are monitored, and the patient is trained to harness the power of the mind and create more harmonious and rhythmic brainwave patterns. Patients become more aware of their body so that they can gain more control over it.

At Kemah Palms, we use Neurofeedback Therapy to help train the brain to stay calm and focused. It also can be used to help identify and treat co-occurring disorders, which in turn raises abstinence rates substantially and helps those in recovery stay clean and sober. This type of therapy has been proven to help prevent relapses from drug and alcohol addiction.

Nutritional Evaluation and Guidance

At Kemah Palms, we feel that restoring a patient’s physical health through good nutrition (in conjunction with physical activities and healthy activities) is an effective component of continuing recovery. Patients often come to Kemah Palms malnourished, obesity, or suffering some other health concerns that is a byproduct of their substance addiction and abuse. Patients may not be able to reverse all the damage caused by their addiction; however, good nutrition can go a long way toward rebuilding a body that’s stronger, healthier, and more attractive as well.

We provide nutritional counseling as part of our integrated treatment program. A patient will work with a nutritionist or dietitian to customize a plan to help your body recover and heal. True recovery from substance abuse is about restoring your mind and your body. Good nutrition is one of the best ways to replenish a body that’s been ravished by addiction. Diet plays a significant role in how you feel; the better you feel, the greater your chances of a successful, lasting recovery.

One-On-One Therapy (Psychotherapy) and Counseling

Talking with a therapist, psychiatrist or a psychologist is one of the most common ways to begin the mental health treatment process. No matter what the issue, talk therapy is almost always a part of the treatment plan. At Kemah Palms, one-on-one therapy is a common means toward growth and healing. Individual psychotherapy involves the patient meeting with a therapist individually in hopes of reducing the internal suffering that causes problematic behavior. Together they confront the barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being and the triggers that engender addictive behaviors. During these sessions, patients often become more conscious of themselves, their inner world, and their relationships with others.

One of the historically most effective treatment modalities we use, One-on-one therapy can also be used to address specific co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety. If patients are not suffering from these disorders, they can used these sessions to address other concerns, such as relationships issues, stress, and other personal themes.

One-on-one therapy sessions generally last between 45 minutes to an hour. The therapist strives to help the client understand themselves. Goals are set which may involve replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, facing specific fears, or altering behavior patterns. Psychoanalytic or psycho-dynamic therapies also strive for personal growth through insight into the conscious and subconscious mind. Individual therapy can include hypnotherapy, inner child therapy, cure belief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. The method used is determined by the patients issues and personality.

Kemah Palms helps to ensure that patient is comfortable with the process and their assigned therapist.

Physical Fitness Program

At Kemah Palms, our Physical Fitness Program supports the fact that physical training and attention to good nutrition can have a positive effect on the recoveries of those who are working to break free from drug and alcohol dependence and co-occurring disorders. Our program encourages healthy living and total wellness by teaching individuals the benefits of proper nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and rest.

There are a plethora of benefits to incorporating physical fitness training into a treatment program, but the following are some of the important benefits:

  • Increasing physical strength, cardiovascular health and bone density
  • Improving mental health and mood
  • Adding a healthy component to your daily routine that was once dedicated to a harmful one
  • Creating a sense of pride and accomplishment
  • Socializing with others with a focus that is healthy
  • Trying new sports, exercise regimens, and activities to augment overall fitness

Because exercise is so good for the body, mind and spirit, we feel it is almost always a beneficial addition to a patient’s treatment program.

Yoga Therapy

At Kemah Palms, we impart the importance of listening to the body and attuning goals into achievable actions and goals. Our Yoga Therapy facilitates a conscious-living choice intended to help individuals channel their energy in a positive and constructive manner. Using breath control, simple meditation, and specific body postures, practicing yoga has positive physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. The most effective approach to yoga employs methods of meditation and relaxation.

At Kemah Palms, one of our alternative treatment modalities is yoga. We have specially trained yoga instructors who understand our patients’ special and specific needs. Yoga encourages a physical and spiritual well-being that is imperative to helping patients break the cycle of substance addiction and abuse. Like yoga, overcoming substance addiction takes patience, discipline, mindfulness, and a willingness to be open to new ways of being.

Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)

Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) is a behavioral program on our treatment modalities list that teaches individuals recovering from substance addiction to anticipate and cope with the probability of a relapse, as well as providing techniques for preventing such relapses. It can be used for treatment or as an aftercare program to help reinforce goals that were accomplished during treatment.

The following are some of the benefits and goals of RPT:

  • Understanding relapse
  • Identifying and handling high risk situations
  • Coping with urges and cravings
  • Damage-control procedures
  • Staying engaged in treatment
  • Learning to create a balanced life

At Kemah Palms, we dedicate ourselves to every individual’s full recovery. We use mindfulness-based RPT to target and teach techniques that individuals can utilize for a lifetime. These techniques are used as preventatives from relapse, depression, and/or panic. Our RPT program encourages patients to be aware of triggers and behaviors, and this awareness will aid patients in being more proactive in safeguarding their own recovery.

RPT is taught in a group setting with a trained and licensed therapist. Patients discuss coping strategies in dealing with problems such as residual urges and cravings for illicit substances. We demonstrate the different pitfalls and temptations that recovering individuals encounter and establish techniques to avoid them.

Unrealistic expectations of perfection often result in failure. Our staff works with individuals to set realistic goals and expectations to prevent relapses. We help patients to see that the pain of the past can become a stepping stone to a future built on choice rather than compulsion.

Writing Therapy

Another one of our more effective treatment modalities, Writing Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the act and process of writing as catharsis. Also known as journaling, writing therapy encourages the process of consciously experiencing deep emotions that have previously been repressed, thus moving them to the surface and allowing them to come out, in this case, on the page. Writing is a way of channeling and focusing on your emotions, experiences, and traumas in the way that forces you to organize these complex thoughts and channels them into order and a narrative. This process helps us to better identify, describe, and understand the things that are causing us pain.

At Kemah Palms, Writing Therapy is led by a licensed psychotherapist. It is used to help patients become more self-aware, and it encourages patients to delve deep inside themselves to acknowledge pent-up frustrations, fears, doubts, and painful memories onto paper, some way, somehow. This can be an arduous, but fruitful process.

Writing Therapy, can be an anonymous endeavor in which a patient may be asked to complete an exercise that may never be read by anyone other than the patient. When administered at a distance, it is useful for patients who are not ready to disclose their most private thoughts and anxieties in a face-to-face situation. This encourages patients to have an open and honest dialogue with themselves, which helps break through old patterns, shed harmful beliefs, and heal past traumas.