In the United States, alcohol is a legal substance for those 21 years of age and older, that many individuals consume on a regular basis. While many people can drink alcohol and never have any issues, there are some individuals whose drinking will cause a number of problems within their lives. A person with an alcohol use disorder may begin to neglect responsibilities at home or work or may experience problems within his or her closest relationships. The presence of alcohol abuse and addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome. If you have found yourself trapped in the vicious cycle of an alcohol use disorder do not get discouraged, Four Circles Recovery Center can provide you with the skills needed to achieve lasting sobriety.
Four Circle Recovery Center is an outcomes-driven wilderness based treatment program specifically designed for men and women, 18 to 30 years of age, who are primarily struggling with substance use concerns, such as an addiction to alcohol. We offer an innovative approach to treatment that integrates an adventure-based wilderness experience with professional clinical care and therapeutic programming. Our approach to treatment creates the foundation for sustained recovery and provides life changing experiences for young adults who are facing the challenges of addiction, substance abuse, and co-occurring emotional or behavioral issues that may have sabotaged their success.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your loved one has a drinking problem, it is important to address the situation instead of ignoring it. Pretending that nothing is wrong will only make things worse. Even though it may be difficult, you need to speak to your loved one about his or her alcohol problem. Choose an appropriate time and safe place, without any distractions, where you can talk to your loved one about your concerns about his or her drinking. Before confronting your loved one, it may be helpful to join a support group for families who are coping with alcoholism so that you have a source of support and comfort when things get tough. Dealing with an alcohol use disorder can be extremely challenging, and at times completely exhausting. Below are some things to keep in mind when helping your loved one:
- You cannot force your loved one to stop abusing alcohol; ultimately the decision is up to them.
- Do not expect your loved one to get better overnight. In order to stop drinking, your loved one is going to need treatment, support, and the development of better coping skills.
- Finally, remember that recovery is an ongoing process that may have setbacks along the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Four Circles Recovery Center
Problem drinking and alcoholism can lead to a wide range of negative ramifications including serious health complications, such as brain damage, heart problems, and liver disease. Social consequences can include the inability to maintain satisfying relationships. Furthermore, those with alcohol use disorders tend to have higher rates of divorce and domestic violence. Many alcoholics struggle to hold down a job and pay their bills. Additionally, while under the influence of alcohol, alcoholics may engage in risky behaviors that can harm themselves and others. The longer that alcohol abuse and addiction continues the more devastating the consequences can be, which is why treatment should be sought as soon as possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Four Circles Recovery Center
At Four Circles Recovery Center, our treatment model is designed to engage clients by immersing them in the natural world where they are inspired to cultivate self-reliance by being faced with compassionate yet uncompromising accountability. This model allows clients to reap the benefits of a therapeutic wilderness program while offering the opportunity to practice skills learned in real world settings. Finally, all treatment provided at Four Circles is gender-specific, with separate programs designed to meet the specific needs of both male and female clients.
The young men and women in our program go on wilderness expeditions that usually last from a week to ten days, and then return to our home base where they will continue to work on the recovery process for their alcohol addictions. Program participants will remain on campus for about three or four days, during which time they will begin to connect with the community through meetings, service projects, and participation in adventure-based therapeutic groups, before heading out on their next wilderness expedition.
Programing at Four Circles consists of four levels, each of which has a number of specific guidelines and assignments for clients to complete in order to move through the level system. We use a variety of clinical and holistic approaches that allows us to meet each client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs while also helping them to establish a strong foundation for sustained recovery. The following are among the many treatment methods employed at Four Circles in the treatment of alcohol abuse and addiction:
Medication management: It is very common for individuals with alcohol abuse or addiction to also be struggling with a mental health disorder. Many times these co-occurring disorders will require the use of medication to help alleviate distressing symptoms. However, all medication needs for co-occurring mental health concerns are always decided on a case-by-case basis. For any client who requires medication management, Four Circles has a contracted both a psychiatrist and nurse practitioner whom are available within 24 hours. If the need arises, clients can be pulled from the field for an office visit.
Individual therapy: All clients at Four Circles will participate in individual therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Individual sessions allow clients personalized time with a therapist where they will be able to set achievable goals for their recovery, address specific concerns, and work through any distressing emotions surrounding their pain medication abuse.
Group therapy: Four Circles offers a number of group therapy sessions, including our nightly process groups lead by a para-professional wilderness guide and weekly process groups, which are conducted by a fully licensed therapist. Clients are also required to participate in a two-hour experiential challenge group on a weekly basis.
Family therapy: We firmly believe that family participation is an integral part of the treatment experience for those who are recovering from substance use disorders such as stimulant abuse. Families who have loved ones in our program will receive ongoing coaching and therapeutic contact through weekly phone sessions with a primary therapist. Additionally, we hold a two-day onsite workshop for all family members to help them with the healing process.
Adventure trips: In order to help clients foster a spiritual connection to their recovery journey, Four Circles provides regularly scheduled adventure-based counseling trips, which may include the following opportunities:
- Whitewater rafting
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Fly fishing
Additional therapeutic activities: In addition to participating in the therapeutic methods listed above, all clients also have the opportunity to utilize a variety of additional therapies, which are designed to help enhance the recovery process. These therapies may include:
- Nutritional education
- Martial arts
- 12-step (AA and NA) meetings
- Yoga therapy
- Psycho-educational skills training
- Motivational interviewing
- Life skills training
- Career/vocational/psychological testing
- Solution-focused therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Prior to completion of treatment, all clients will participate in a one-week healing ceremony where they will engage in solo experiences that will help them prepare for the future. Once this rite of passage ceremony is completed, clients will return to base camp where they will work on aftercare planning, develop a relapse prevention plan, and create a support system that will sustain the progress they have made. Since we understand that recovery is a lifelong process that extends beyond a client’s time at Four Circles, we work closely with each client, their families, and referral sources to create a detailed discharge and aftercare plan.
Four Circles offers a Sober Living Transition Program for adult males, ages 18 to28, who are in the process of transitioning from a primary abuse treatment program into independent living. This program is at least 14 days in length and provides clients with a number of therapeutic methods including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management. Additionally, adventure- based trips are taken every weekend.
Finally, Four Circles offers a 28-day Relapse Prevention Program specifically for individuals who are in transitional living or have completed a primary treatment program that are in need of this additional level of care or have relapsed while in step-down care.
Whatever your alcohol abuse concerns may be, the highly qualified, compassionate staff at Four Circles can help you overcome that addiction and provide the building blocks for the foundation of a life of sobriety. If you are struggling with an alcohol abuse problem, Four Circles Recovery Center is here to help.