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Our Approach to Addiction Treatment

Utilizing a powerful combination of clinical therapy and holistic treatment methods, Guardian Recovery helps individuals get firmly on the path to lifelong recovery.

Since 2006, Guardian Recovery has been evolving and expanding our treatment services to help more individuals gain freedom from addiction. Guardian Recovery has facilities for every level of care — medical detoxresidential inpatientpartial hospitalizationintensive outpatient and aftercare. As a result we are able to offer clients a continuous path (The Guardian Path) from the very beginning of their treatment journey (usually starting in a medical detox facility), through to the end. Or, we help clients choose a customized recovery plan that best suits their unique needs.

We have gathered more than 15 year’s worth of client feedback and discovered the best, evidence-based treatment methodologies to craft programs that really work. We have earned a positive, nationwide reputation for our excellence in clinical carebeautiful facilitiesfull continuum of care and compassionate professionals.

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Our Approach to Addiction Treatment

Guardian’s approach to addiction recovery utilizes evidence-based therapeutic practices conducted by world class clinicians.

Therapeutic Methods

We believe wholeheartedly in the power of addiction treatment to help individuals heal from past traumas, change their destructive thinking patterns, break free from negative behavioral cycles and truly heal. We utilize a variety of different therapeutic methods and practices including:

Guardian Recovery is always on the forefront of addiction treatment research. As new science emerges relating to the treatment of addiction and mental health, we update our programs to reflect the most effective, evidence-based practices.

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The Importance of a Continuum of Care

In our 15 years of experience, we have come to realize the critical importance of a continuum of care for individuals seeking sobriety. What science has discovered about addiction is that it is a condition rooted in the brain (read more below). As a result, the brain actually must be re-wired. It takes a significant amount of time to re-wire the brain’s neural pathways; and perhaps even longer to break the behavioral and thought patterns that reinforce an addiction. The old model of treatment — a quick stay in a 28-day rehab — is just not as effective as it doesn’t give an individual the continued support and treatment needed to re-wire the brain and re-learn how to live life sober.

The full Guardian Path takes individuals on a progressive journey from medical detox, to residential inpatient, to partial hospitalization, to intensive outpatient and aftercare. We have found this journey to be an extremely effective path because it allows individuals the time they need to transform. It offers them the tools they need to deal with their emotions, and face life sober. And it allows them to slowly re-integrate into the world at large while supported by peers and professionals.

While we recommend the entire Guardian Path for most individuals, every case is unique. Depending on the severity of an addiction, different levels of treatment might be called for. And, based on an individual’s life situation, different models of treatment might be more conducive to a person’s recovery and life responsibilities. Clients are able to pursue whatever level of care is most appropriate for them. Guardian’s team of experienced Treatment Advisors work to put together a customized recovery plan that works for each individual.

Choosing the right path can be confusing, so let us help you. Our Treatment Advisors are available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you craft a plan. Contact us to speak to an advisor.

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Our Treatment Goals

  • Help individuals get their feet set firmly on the path of recovery
  • Teach the emotional, mental and spiritual tools necessary to combat addiction long-term
  • Help individuals begin to heal from past traumas and wounds that might trip them up in their sobriety
  • Connect individuals to a recovery community, giving each individual a vital sense of belonging and purpose
  • Encourage individuals to continue the journey after leaving our facilities
  • Stay connected with Guardian Recovery through our alumni network

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Changing lives by providing comprehensive support and rehabilitation, empowering individuals to overcome addiction and regain control of their health and well-being.

How We Define Addiction

Guardian Recovery programs are built on the Disease Model of Addiction. This model defines addiction — to any substance — as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease.” This phrase was coined and popularized by the former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a leading neurologist in the field of addiction treatment, Alan I. Leshner. In his extensive neurological studies on addiction, Leshner found that the brain of an addict or alcoholic fires differently than that of a normal person. The brain of an addict or alcoholic comes to prioritize its need for drugs and alcohol over all other survival instincts, including those for food, water, sex and shelter. This is why addicts and alcoholics often will go to any lengths to keep their addictions alive against all rational reasons to stop. This is also why addiction is so baffling to the family and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics who can’t make sense of why their loved one won’t “just quit.” Once an individual is addicted, brain scans show that the brain is essentially hijacked, rendering it next to impossible to stop without help.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.“

Alcoholics Anonymous echoes the Disease Model in its definition of addiction as a “three-fold illness” consisting of a physical allergy, a mental obsession and a spiritual malady.

All definitions of addiction point to the truth that addiction must be treated holistically and on multiple levels — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Guardian Recovery’s programming is specifically designed to address all these aspects of addiction. 

Models of Treatment Summarized

Medical Detox — This stage of recovery is the first vital step to getting on the road to recovery. If an individual has been abusing drugs or alcohol for any length of time, their body and brain has become accustomed to operating with the substance. When this substance is suddenly yanked from the central nervous system, individuals experience a range of withdrawal symptoms that can be agonizing — even life-threatening — if not treated properly. Our medical detox facilities offer 24/7 medical supervision, medication assisted treatment, therapy, holistic treatments (such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture), case management and aftercare planning. After an individual is physically stabilized (which generally takes between 3 to 14 days), we help them transfer into the next appropriate level of care to continue their journey of recovery.

Residential Inpatient Treatment — Residential inpatient treatment is a form of treatment where individuals live in a residential treatment setting for approximately 28 to 60 days. This part of treatment involves a wide range of individual, family and group therapies, educational workshops, life skills training, recovery meetings and holistic treatment methods.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) — PHP is the logical next step following a residential inpatient setting. In partial hospitalization, clients generally live in a sober living home close to the treatment facility. Clients are shuttled back and forth to the treatment center to participate in approximately 5-6 days a week of programming, starting in the morning and ending in the evening with a lunch break. On their days off, clients slowly begin to learn how to reintegrate into the world at large. During this phase, clients can also participate in outside, public recovery meetings if they desire.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) — This form of treatment is generally seen as a transition step for individuals as they begin to be in the world again. Individuals can attend work or school while attending groups a few times a week and either living at home or in a sober living environment. This form of treatment can be entered after a medical detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization program or, for some select individuals with more mild cases of addiction or specific life circumstances, as a standalone treatment method.

The addictions we treat include:

Which level of treatment to seek is sometimes a difficult question to answer. The answer depends on the severity of an individual’s addiction and their current life circumstances. Guardian Recovery’s compassionate and empathetic treatment advisors are here to help answer all your questions and help you determine what path is right for you or your loved one. Contact us any time, day or night.

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Recovery is possible. You can re-start your life and build a future worth living. We will show you how. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, don’t wait. Come find hope at Guardian Recovery. Contact one of our Treatment Advisors today. They are all empathetic, warm, compassionate individuals dedicated to helping individuals find recovery. They are available 24/7.

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Ryan Soave

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Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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