Anxiety disorders are extremely common mental health conditions that cause an individual to experience overwhelming feelings of panic, worry, and fear. The symptoms associated with anxiety disorders can cause such distress that they will interfere with an individual’s ability to function normally on a daily basis. At Four Circles Recovery Center we understand how debilitating anxiety is, especially when the presence of a substance use disorder may be exacerbating your symptoms. Anxiety and substance abuse do not have to control your life; Four Circles can help.
Four Circles 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, but may also be facing additional mental health concerns such as the distressing symptoms of anxiety. We offer an innovate approach to treatment that integrates an adventure-based wilderness experience with professional clinical care and therapeutic programming. Our committed professionals recognize that substance abuse is often accompanied by dual-diagnosis issues, such as anxiety disorders, as well as emotional challenges that must be addressed to ensure lasting recovery and rehabilitation.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be very upsetting to see your loved one struggle with an anxiety disorder. However, you may take some comfort in knowing that there are some things you can do to help, even if you aren’t a mental health professional. Below are some specific ways in which you can provide assistance to your loved one if they are struggling with an anxiety disorder:
- Take the time to educate yourself about anxiety disorders. Learn as much as you can about these disorders and possible treatment options so that you will better understand what your loved one is going through and what you can expect.
- Suggest that your loved one seek professional help. A mental health professional can help identify your loved one’s specific concerns and can provide him or her with a number of options for learning how to better cope with anxiety.
- Don’t be judgmental. If you judge or minimize your loved one’s feelings you are only going to make things worse. Be supportive and client. Remember that it can take some time for your loved one to get his or her anxiety under control.
- Encourage your loved one to continue to participate in the therapeutic process. Help him or her remember to attend therapy appointments and take any prescribed medications.
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 anxiety. 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 anxiety:
Medication management: It is very common for individuals with pain medication 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 psychiatrist and nurse practitioner, both of whom are available within 24 hours. Should a need arise, 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 with 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 schedule 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 anxiety concerns may be, the highly qualified, compassionate staff at Four Circles can help you overcome your problems and be able to lay the foundation for a life of sobriety. If you are struggling with an anxiety problem, Four Circles Recovery Center is here to help.