Understanding Sustainable Recovery

While many people and services in the recovery field are still operating on information from the 1970s and 1980s, the industry has evolved quickly in the last decade. Today, it is now crystal clear what the difference is between failed recovery attempts and long-term, successful recovery. If you are serious about success, it is essentiall to arm yourself with the knowledge of what is working today. 

It is crucial for you to understand that recovery from addiction is so much more than "absitance" or "behavior modification." Addiction is a complex blend of physical, psychological and environmental factors. If these factors are not adequately addressed, then attempts at "sobriety" are almost always temporary. The revolving door of 30-day rehab clinics that exploit insurance payment methods mainly focus on the symptoms of addiction but rarely address the root causes of addiction, which works well for their business model of "repeat customers" but is tragic for their customers and their families. 

Conventional approaches have an average of a 7-10% success rate. Put another way, if you go down the conventional road, you can expect a 90% chance of relapse. The new approaches that have gained traction in the last 5-10 years have a 50% to 70% success rate! Before you spend any more time, money or energy on 12-step programs or rehab, or any other conventional approaches, please get the facts about "long-term sustainable" recovery. 

Four Pillars of Sustainable Recovery 

1.         Self care (inner)

2.         Community (outer)

3.         Self discovery (inner)

4.         Purpose (outer)

 

The following is a break down of what and how Root Recovery supports each pillar in its development:

 

Self-care

We promote self-care through simple tasks simple tasks such as keeping your space clean, creating a daily exercise routine (a gym membership is included), good sleep hygiene, and improved nutritional habits. Our weekly chef-led meal prep workshops include education on how to grocery shop (in a way that promotes good health) and how to cook and prepare healthy meals on the go (lessening the impact on your health in our fast food culture). You will also receive an Ayurvedic consultation, which identifies your “constitution” as a guide for nutritional choices that are best for you. You’ll also receive a complimentary massage your first week of arrival. Kambo treatments are also available and complimentary up to three sessions.

 

Community 

Each resident only has one roommate (most places have four or more residents per bedroom), for a maximum of 10 people in the home. We also promote community cooking, and hold several community events throughout the week. We also hold three different recovery meetings a week at the house (one Psychedelics in Recovery meeting and one Recovery Dharma meeting and one SMART Recovery meeting). These events are open to individuals that are not residents at Root Recovery as well. We hold the philosophy that the community is enriched by inclusion. Please be advised that 24/7 supervision is not provided at Root. We are not rehab or conventional aftercare. We are a community and as such, residents are allowed to have a vehicle or come and go according to their personal agreement with Root.

 

Self Discovery

At Root recovery, our philosophy for sustainable recovery includes getting to know oneself. In the Bwiti tradition (the religious sect in Africa that reveres iboga as their sacrament), it is said that to know oneself is key to life. When one knows themselves, then they can know what they want. And when you know what you want, the path forward becomes clear. To support the process of self-discovery, Root offers a plethora of community workshops.  Six coaching integration sessions are included with a commitment of a 1-3 month stay. Coaching sessions are provided by Anders Beatty, a world-class integration and recovery therapist. We also hold different community events/workshops throughout the week that are designed to support personal transformation/pattern shifts. Themes included, but are not limited to: non-violent communication, a practice called circling, breath-work, hiking, family constellation, enneagram work, meditation, art integration, psychedelic integration, and sound healing (and more).

 

Purpose

Discerning one’s purpose in life is central to sustainable recovery. Often times, purpose is forgotten or set aside the longer a person is caught in the cycle of addiction. Not giving attention to purpose is one of the main reasons people relapse after some clean time due to the monotony and boredom engendered by living a life that is not purpose driven. When an individual is living within their purpose, they are affecting the greater good in some way. At Root, we hold workshops that zone in a process that helps people quickly dial in their purpose and then define some simple ways to begin tapping into it.

Understanding Sustainable Recovery

While many people and services in the recovery field are still operating on information from the 1970s and 1980s, the industry has evolved quickly in the last decade. Today, it is now crystal clear what the difference is between failed recovery attempts and long-term, successful recovery. If you are serious about success, it is essentiall to arm yourself with the knowledge of what is working today. 

It is crucial for you to understand that recovery from addiction is so much more than "absitance" or "behavior modification." Addiction is a complex blend of physical, psychological and environmental factors. If these factors are not adequately addressed, then attempts at "sobriety" are almost always temporary. The revolving door of 30-day rehab clinics that exploit insurance payment methods mainly focus on the symptoms of addiction but rarely address the root causes of addiction, which works well for their business model of "repeat customers" but is tragic for their customers and their families. 

Conventional approaches have an average of a 7-10% success rate. Put another way, if you go down the conventional road, you can expect a 90% chance of relapse. The new approaches that have gained traction in the last 5-10 years have a 50% to 70% success rate! Before you spend any more time, money or energy on 12-step programs or rehab, or any other conventional approaches, please get the facts about "long-term sustainable" recovery. 

Four Pillars of Sustainable Recovery 

1.         Self care (inner)

2.         Community (outer)

3.         Self discovery (inner)

4.         Purpose (outer)

 

The following is a break down of what and how Root Recovery supports each pillar in its development:

 

Self-care

We promote self-care through simple tasks simple tasks such as keeping your space clean, creating a daily exercise routine (a gym membership is included), good sleep hygiene, and improved nutritional habits. Our weekly chef-led meal prep workshops include education on how to grocery shop (in a way that promotes good health) and how to cook and prepare healthy meals on the go (lessening the impact on your health in our fast food culture). You will also receive an Ayurvedic consultation, which identifies your “constitution” as a guide for nutritional choices that are best for you. You’ll also receive a complimentary massage your first week of arrival. Kambo treatments are also available and complimentary up to three sessions.

 

Community 

Each resident only has one roommate (most places have four or more residents per bedroom), for a maximum of 10 people in the home. We also promote community cooking, and hold several community events throughout the week. We also hold three different recovery meetings a week at the house (one Psychedelics in Recovery meeting and one Recovery Dharma meeting and one SMART Recovery meeting). These events are open to individuals that are not residents at Root Recovery as well. We hold the philosophy that the community is enriched by inclusion. Please be advised that 24/7 supervision is not provided at Root. We are not rehab or conventional aftercare. We are a community and as such, residents are allowed to have a vehicle or come and go according to their personal agreement with Root.

 

Self Discovery

At Root recovery, our philosophy for sustainable recovery includes getting to know oneself. In the Bwiti tradition (the religious sect in Africa that reveres iboga as their sacrament), it is said that to know oneself is key to life. When one knows themselves, then they can know what they want. And when you know what you want, the path forward becomes clear. To support the process of self-discovery, Root offers a plethora of community workshops.  Six coaching integration sessions are included with a commitment of a 1-3 month stay. Coaching sessions are provided by Anders Beatty, a world-class integration and recovery therapist. We also hold different community events/workshops throughout the week that are designed to support personal transformation/pattern shifts. Themes included, but are not limited to: non-violent communication, a practice called circling, breath-work, hiking, family constellation, enneagram work, meditation, art integration, psychedelic integration, and sound healing (and more).

 

Purpose

Discerning one’s purpose in life is central to sustainable recovery. Often times, purpose is forgotten or set aside the longer a person is caught in the cycle of addiction. Not giving attention to purpose is one of the main reasons people relapse after some clean time due to the monotony and boredom engendered by living a life that is not purpose driven. When an individual is living within their purpose, they are affecting the greater good in some way. At Root, we hold workshops that zone in a process that helps people quickly dial in their purpose and then define some simple ways to begin tapping into it.

Early Recovery Phase

Protecting Your Early Recovery 

Protecting Your Vulnerable Early Recovery Phase
Over the last few years, it has become crystal clear that for a person to succeed with long-term, sustainable recovery, the initial phase after detox is absolutely critical.

We refer to the detox phase as the “Entering Recovery Phase.” The first few months that follow your detox is called the “Early Recovery Phase.” This period of time is absolutely critical for your recovery.

If you are to succeed in long-term, sustainable recovery, then you must carefully protect your “early recovery” by deliberating creating specific conditions that will be suitable for optimum rest, healing and growth.

In these crucial first few months, not only do you need to give your body a chance to heal and acclimate to a new state, you also need to shift your mindset, and begin to establish new healthy daily and weekly routines and practices.

In early recovery you will also need to confronting old triggers and problems of “real life” and learn to cope with old challenges in new ways. To protect your early recovery, you will need to establish a healthy living environment with a strong support system. We refer to the process of creating and maintaining an environment conducive to early recovery as "cocooning."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative medicine detox creates a biological shift and a mindset shift. It tends to increase neuroplasticity, what makes people more open and ready for change. It is a state that makes it easy to consider new perspectives to reevaluate old thinking patterns and including beliefs and attitudes and established new habits of thinking and behavior. However, it also is a somewhat raw and vulnerable state. Therefore you must create a very safe environment to heal in after alternative medicine detox.

Root Recovery’s years of experience providing “after care services” has allowed us to pioneer and innovate the “Cocooning Effect” as we call it. Our astonishingly high success rates is supported by our unique “Cocooning” methodology. The key to cocooning, similar to when the caterpillar enters the cocoon to begin its metamorphosis into a butterfly, is to make sure that the environment is conducive for healing and transformation.  Entering a cocoon for 1-2 months, what is called “aftercare” in the recovery industry,  is important so that you have a safe container where the old triggers are not present.  We often use the metaphor of a caterpillar going into a cocoon because it is fairly well known that the caterpillar dissolves into a state called “goo” while its DNA transforms it into a butterfly.

Like the caterpillar, you may feel a little like “goo” for a month or two as you begin your own metamorphosis. It is important to realize that if you were to fail to create a safe environment for your early recovery, especially if you use one of the above-described alternative medicine detox methods, there are some risks. For example, if you go back to your old situation with unhealthy relationships and/or high stress environments triggers, then you would be reinforcing and cementing in the old habits because the additional neuro-plasticity.

Whatever you do for the first few months after alternative medicine detox will strengthen those habits. If you don’t enter a “cocoon”, then you could inadvertently reinforce the addiction habits. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to be in a safe environment away from triggers at least long enough for their recovery to take root and establish a solid, sustainable foundation to begin the multi-year journey of sustainable recovery. Research shows that the first few months after beginning recovery make all the difference in the world in terms of recovery success rate. When you invest into the support structure of the cocoon, then you can avoid going right back in the old environment with the same triggers and unhealthy relationships and protect your early recovery.

Alternative medicine detox creates a biological shift and a mindset shift. It tends to increase neuroplasticity, what makes people more open and ready for change. It is a state that makes it easy to consider new perspectives to reevaluate old thinking patterns and including beliefs and attitudes and established new habits of thinking and behavior. However, it also is a somewhat raw and vulnerable state. Therefore you must create a very safe environment to heal in after alternative medicine detox.

Root Recovery’s years of experience providing “after care services” has allowed us to pioneer and innovate the “Cocooning Effect” as we call it. Our astonishingly high success rates is supported by our unique “Cocooning” methodology. The key to cocooning, similar to when the caterpillar enters the cocoon to begin its metamorphosis into a butterfly, is to make sure that the environment is conducive for healing and transformation.  Entering a cocoon for 1-2 months, what is called “aftercare” in the recovery industry,  is important so that you have a safe container where the old triggers are not present.  We often use the metaphor of a caterpillar going into a cocoon because it is fairly well known that the caterpillar dissolves into a state called “goo” while its DNA transforms it into a butterfly.

Like the caterpillar, you may feel a little like “goo” for a month or two as you begin your own metamorphosis. It is important to realize that if you were to fail to create a safe environment for your early recovery, especially if you use one of the above-described alternative medicine detox methods, there are some risks. For example, if you go back to your old situation with unhealthy relationships and/or high stress environments triggers, then you would be reinforcing and cementing in the old habits because the additional neuro-plasticity.

Whatever you do for the first few months after alternative medicine detox will strengthen those habits. If you don’t enter a “cocoon”, then you could inadvertently reinforce the addiction habits. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to be in a safe environment away from triggers at least long enough for their recovery to take root and establish a solid, sustainable foundation to begin the multi-year journey of sustainable recovery. Research shows that the first few months after beginning recovery make all the difference in the world in terms of recovery success rate. When you invest into the support structure of the cocoon, then you can avoid going right back in the old environment with the same triggers and unhealthy relationships and protect your early recovery.

Year One Recovery Phase

 

Your First Year of Sustainable Recovery

In the introduction to this Personalized Recovery Roadmap, we listed four criteria that are necessary for you to be successful with sustainable, long-term recovery.

As a quick review, they were:

1) Alternative Medicine Detox
2) Protecting Early Recovery through Cocooning
3) Uncovering Treating the Root Causes of the Addiction
4) Developing the Necessary Skills that Sustainable Recovery Requires. 

The previous sections of this report outlined some of the reliable approaches for components #1 and #2. Now we will turn our attention to the next two critical components of long-term, sustainable recovery which are a major focus during your first year of recovery. 

Conventional approaches and traditional meeting groups tend to be highly focused a shame approach. Shame is one of the top triggers for relapse. Any program that uses shame is very likely to be unsustainable and result in frequent relapses. Programs that treat addiction as a character flaw have an average of less than 10% success rate (90% failure rate).  

At Root Recovery, we replace a "shame-based" approach with a "love-based" approach. You have a medical and psychological condition that is treatable (but not if shame is used since that is a primary cause of addictive behavior loops in the first place).  This shame-based approach is only one of numerous flaws in conventional approaches to addiction treatment that cause them to have a 10% success rate (90% failure rate). 

It is very unfortunate that there are some "bad actors" who take advantage of these flawed approaches that create a "revolving door" of people relapsing and returning again and again to profit-driven treatment facilities. While tragic for addicts and their loved ones, these ineffective, yet very common practices results in a 90% chance of creating "repeat customers."  This is one of the main reasons these unsustainable, conventional approaches are used. Rehabs and other businesses are dis-incentivized to use the new approaches because it would lead to less "repeat customers." 

The approach we have pioneered at Root Recovery (with many partners in the industry) focuses on getting to the root cause of the addiction. That root cause is usually trauma or other psychological wounds that are usually highly treatable. This approach treats addiction (and its causes which is usually trauma or other emotional wounds) with gentelness and love, not shame. We hope this report will help you open your eyes to the common unstustainable, profit-driven "repeat customer" approaches that many companies in the recovery industry are engaging in, we hope that you are beginning to recognize that there is a viable path out of addiction. 

The road to sustainable recovery begins with an understanding that "going to meetings" (that reinforce the "once-an-addict-always-an-addict" myth) or going to conventional rehab designed to exploit insurance companies and turn addicts into repeat customers is unlikely to lead to success.

Those conventional approaches have a 10% success rate (a 90% failure rate). Conversely, if you follow the suggestions outlined in this Personalized Recovery Roadmap, you have the opportunity to be in our astonishingly high success rate category (our success rate is as much as 4x or even 5x times higher than conventional treatment).

The key to sustainable recovery is to understand that it requires a true transformation of not only behaviors, but also mindset and even sense of identity. This takes years, not months. Year one will determine whether you are successful or not in your recovery from addiction. We hope you will book a call to discuss these and many other key distinctions that can make all the difference in the world for your sustainable recovery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research shows that if an addict entering recovery can stay clean and sober, and begin to heal the root causes of addiction during their first year of recovery, their chances of success long-term sky rocket.

Put simply, your first year in recovery will make or break your success. 

During your first year of recovery, you must uncovering and treating the root causes of your addiction and you must develop the necessary skills that sustainable recovery requires. To accomplish this, you will need to have a robust support system that includes a therapist, a recovery coach and a recovery community. It is very difficult to achieve sustainable recovery without these components firmly in place during your first year. 

The most crucial phase of your “journey of sustainable recovery” is the first year because that is where the major mindset, thinking, emotional and lifestyle changes occur, and it is in the first year that the necessary life skills are adopted and begin to grow. 

This multi-year journey to “sustainable recovery” has many things in common with the “hero’s journey” that much literature and many films illustrate.

True recovery from addiction takes a minimum of three years. Therefore, you must plan out how you will approach your multi-year recovery process. Previously in this report we talked about the crucial "Beginning Recovery Phase" (detox treatment) and "Early Recovery Phase" (the first few months after detox in your protective cocoon).

Now we will focus on your first year of recovery. 

 

On a “hero’s journey” the person must face many difficult challenges, and along the way, not only learn the necessary skills to confront the challenge of sobriety, but they must also transform their very sense of identity in the process. Only by transforming can the hero “return” home changed as a new person. Similarly, we see the “journey of sustainable recovery” as a multi-year transformation from addict to “adept.” The addict develops the requisite mental, emotional, relational and vocational life skills so that they become proficient, adept, at living a health sober life. It's not just about “not using,” it's about transforming into the type of person that transcends the addiction and moves on with the work of creating a great life!

Our focus at Root Recovery is to ensure the first year provides a solid foundation for a sustainable recovery. To ensure long-term success, during your first year, you need to become  proficient at managing thoughts, emotions, and reactions so you can successfully deal with triggers, problems, and conflict in a healthy manner. You will also need to complete the deep work required for long-term healing of the root causes of addiction during your first year. This will lead to a process of recovering and integrate aspects of your self that you lost touch with during your addiction. When you have the proper support of a robust recovery program, a therapist, recovery coach and recovery community, then you can use this first year to focus on growing and expanding a new version of your self and a new life and lifestyle. This includes learning how to live a healthy, balanced, purposeful, fulfilling life. Our 70% success rate at Root Recovery has proven that this is completely possible if you take the correct path during the crucial first year on your journey of sustainable recovery. 

Research shows that if an addict entering recovery can stay clean and sober, and begin to heal the root causes of addiction during their first year of recovery, their chances of success long-term sky rocket.

Put simply, your first year in recovery will make or break your success. 

During your first year of recovery, you must uncovering and treating the root causes of your addiction and you must develop the necessary skills that sustainable recovery requires. To accomplish this, you will need to have a robust support system that includes a therapist, a recovery coach and a recovery community. It is very difficult to achieve sustainable recovery without these components firmly in place during your first year. 

The most crucial phase of your “journey of sustainable recovery” is the first year because that is where the major mindset, thinking, emotional and lifestyle changes occur, and it is in the first year that the necessary life skills are adopted and begin to grow. 

This multi-year journey to “sustainable recovery” has many things in common with the “hero’s journey” that much literature and many films illustrate.

True recovery from addiction takes a minimum of three years. Therefore, you must plan out how you will approach your multi-year recovery process. Previously in this report we talked about the crucial "Beginning Recovery Phase" (detox treatment) and "Early Recovery Phase" (the first few months after detox in your protective cocoon).

Now we will focus on your first year of recovery. 

 

On a “hero’s journey” the person must face many difficult challenges, and along the way, not only learn the necessary skills to confront the challenge of sobriety, but they must also transform their very sense of identity in the process. Only by transforming can the hero “return” home changed as a new person. Similarly, we see the “journey of sustainable recovery” as a multi-year transformation from addict to “adept.” The addict develops the requisite mental, emotional, relational and vocational life skills so that they become proficient, adept, at living a health sober life. It's not just about “not using,” it's about transforming into the type of person that transcends the addiction and moves on with the work of creating a great life!

Our focus at Root Recovery is to ensure the first year provides a solid foundation for a sustainable recovery. To ensure long-term success, during your first year, you need to become  proficient at managing thoughts, emotions, and reactions so you can successfully deal with triggers, problems, and conflict in a healthy manner. You will also need to complete the deep work required for long-term healing of the root causes of addiction during your first year. This will lead to a process of recovering and integrate aspects of your self that you lost touch with during your addiction. When you have the proper support of a robust recovery program, a therapist, recovery coach and recovery community, then you can use this first year to focus on growing and expanding a new version of your self and a new life and lifestyle. This includes learning how to live a healthy, balanced, purposeful, fulfilling life. Our 70% success rate at Root Recovery has proven that this is completely possible if you take the correct path during the crucial first year on your journey of sustainable recovery. 

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