Part 2 of Aaron and Angela, Founders of Brass Tacks Recovery, on Healing:
We believe that recovery begins after treatment. The word sobriety is synonymous with the word abstinence; and to abstain from using a substance to manage one’s emotions is an essential first step. However, when the substance is removed, the emotions, the emptiness, the fears, insecurities or social anxieties will remain. Therefore, our recovery planning concentrates on the whole person and the family.
We believe that the word recovery is about “finding something that once was there,” and that the action of recovering requires that the individual discover and heal the underlying issues/causes that are often driving their addictive behavior. As a team, we are constantly intervening on the addiction while reassessing the client’s needs. We are helping them consistently search for their passion and purpose. What needs to be healed within the client? How can the client feel purposeful? How can the client forgive himself/herself? How can he or she forgive others? What is the client most afraid of? What do they value? Mostly, what is this negative behavior, the substance abuse, helping them with?
Addiction is not always a response to trauma, yet we believe that it almost always is. Many clients cannot identify the pain that drives their using. Because of this, we are grateful to be connected to a community of compassionate and talented addiction and mental health professionals that support our clients, and our families.
We strongly believe in relapse prevention, and that includes various concepts. Yet, one of the most important factors is finding out what emotionally “hurts” our client. The clincial quest and support of that question coupled with engagement in a day-to-day, even moment-to-moment recovery process, increases the potential of long term recovery. Our goal is to help our clients receive the education and support to better respond to their emotions, while preparing the family for the ups and downs of the recovery process.