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Seven Ways an Intervention Can Help an Alcoholic/Addict and the Family

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Recently, I facilitated a family intervention and I’d like to share some thoughts on it. When the family called me for help, they were deeply concerned and frustrated with the alcoholic’s behavior. I was able to comfort them with the reassurance that treatment works and recovery is possible. They decided they wanted to be part of an intervention because they believed they needed to do something to help their loved one get into treatment.

 

 

I began the intervention process by getting to know each family member. Throughout the initial process, I helped the family gain more clarity on their feelings, thoughts and the goals of the intervention. Soon they began to work as a team with a well thought out professional plan to address the alcoholic’s disease. They learned how to express their concerns for the alcoholic in an honest, direct and non-judgmental way. As a result of this joined effort, we succeeded in getting the person into a thirty day residential treatment program and changing the family dynamics in a positive way.

 

 

As a substance abuse therapist and family interventionist, I've been able to witness how a family intervention can be a powerful tool in helping a person get into treatment. Most addicts and alcoholics are unable to stop on their own. It usually takes a crisis such as an arrest or a hospitalization to break an addiction cycle. We know that alcoholism is a disease which is chronic, progressive and fatal and like any disease it needs to be treated.

 

 

Alcoholism is a family disease and the family is often uncertain as to how they can help their loved one whose drinking has become out of control. This often leads to frustration, enabling, constant worry and many unsuccessful attempts to control the alcoholic’s drinking. With the expertise and objectivity of a professional, a family intervention can be highly beneficial to the alcoholic as well as the family. The purpose of an intervention is to get the alcoholic into treatment where he/she can be safe and begin their recovery.

 

An intervention also…

 

 

1. Provides Substance Abuse Education- During the intervention process, the family receives useful information and begins to learn about alcoholism/addiction, codependency, treatment and the recovery process. Al-Anon’s three C’s-You didn’t cause it. You can’t control it. You can’t cure it.

 

 

2. Promotes Healing for the Family- Alcoholism is a disease of denial. The family finally has the opportunity to overcome their own denial. “He/she’s not that bad.” “He/she doesn’t drink every day.” “He/she has a good job.” The power of the individual is transformed into the power of the group which allows the family to honestly express their love and concern for the alcoholic in a group setting with the increased possibility that the alcoholic will listen to them.

 

 

3. Empowers the Family- Often the family feels powerless and uncertain as to what action to take which often adds to their despair as they witness the destructive behavior of the alcoholic. An intervention allows the family to know they did something positive and healthy for the alcoholic whether he/she chooses to go into treatment or not. They have at least planted the seed.

 

 

4. Raises the Bottom- Many people think an alcoholic must hit bottom. The truth is alcoholics can hit many bottoms and still continue to drink. Sometimes this is due to the fact that he/she still has enablers who unknowingly support his disease. The alcoholic can often dismiss, manipulate or justify their drinking to one person. During the intervention, when he/she is faced by family and friends who are prepared to tell the truth in a kind and loving way, the alcoholic is positioned to take a more honest look at their destructive disease.

 

 

 

5. Teaches Healthy Boundaries- Although you are unable to change the alcoholic, you can change the way you relate to them. Setting boundaries is all about telling the alcoholic what you will do if they continue with their unhealthy behavior which is exactly what takes place in the intervention.

 

 

6. Express the Love of the Family- It’s easy to confuse the person you love with the disease of alcoholism. Many times family members can become critical, judgmental, angry, and resentful toward the alcoholic and the love for that person seems to be lost. An intervention helps each family find that love again and use this love as a transformational tool toward recovery.

 

 

7. Changes the Family Dynamics Forever- The intervention usually helps the alcoholic get into treatment. However, even when the alcoholic refuses to accept help, the family has benefited greatly. The dynamics of the family have changed. The family is now educated about this disease. They are now more honest and willing to seek their own treatment. They told the truth and reached out to their loved one. They followed through on their plan and offered the alcoholic help.

 

by Maria Buttino Sorensen on Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shadow Effect Process

Posted on July 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

We attended the Shadow Effect Process in New York with Debbie Ford. It was truly awesome, life transforming and simply powerful for me. I worked on shame, fear, faith, anger & rage, dark and light side, forgiveness of self and others.It was an amazing process. I highly recommend it to everyone. Our workshop onthe 24th will be based on these ideas and principles. Healing is also an emotional process as well as physical, mental and spiritual process.

Healing Arts Health & Weight Loss Program

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 7:54 PM

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our private practice. Beginning in the fall, we are collaborating with a board certified bariatric physician to provide12 week health and weight loss challenges.


Our mission is...


• To provide a proven method to individuals who desire to achieve permanent weight loss and obtain optimal health

• To create a supportive group environment in which people can learn what it takes to accomplish their personal health goals

• To offer ongoing education and training to help participants maintain the success they achieve FOR LIFE.


Stay tuned for more. Call for more information, 401-932-6820

 


Extreme Self-Care Workshop for Women

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Extreme Self-Care Workshop for Women

-A Celebration of Self-

An Integrative Mind, Body, Spirit Approach to Health

 

Do you put everyone and everything ahead of yourself?

This full day workshop will teach you how to take care of yourself and celebrate your magnificence. It will help you to improve your lifestyle and become the person you were meant to be. At Healing Arts, we believe that change needs to happen holistically.

 

Goals of the workshop:

Improve overall health and sense of well-being

Reduce stress in your life

Maintain a more balanced lifestyle                                                      

Live your life with purpose and meaning

Develop your own personal self-care plan

Build a support system

Learnto say “no” and set healthy boundaries

Find the true source of your happiness & fulfillment

 

Learn how using these simple methods can help you feel awesome:

Expressive art                                                      Guided imagery

Meditation                                                              Music

Relaxation                                                             Mindfulness

Journaling                                                             Affirmations                     

Spiritual inspiration & wisdom                         Nature & Animals

Aromatherapy                                                      Play& humor

Gratitude                                                                Acceptance

 

To register for the workshop please call Healing Arts, LLC at 401-932-6820.

Date: Saturday,July 24th, 2010, 9:00-4:00

Fee:    $200.00

Place: West Warwick, RI

Facilitator:    Judith Clarke, LMHC

Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

 

-Women's Codependency Group-

Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Healing Arts is now offering a 10 week

-Codependency Group for Women-

The Dance of the Wounded Souls

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Begins on: Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Time: 6-8 pm

Address: TBA North Kingstown

Fee:  $30.00 {Group therapy is covered by United, Neighborhood, Harvard & Aetna}

Facilitators: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

                       

This group will focus on codependency and recovery and we will explore the following:

 

·        Define Codependency and the Loss o fSelf

·        Discover how you create a crisis to find your truth

·        Connect  with your emotional honesty

·        Understand “Delayed Stress Syndrome”and how it plays out on your life.

·        Explore feelings of shame, guilt, grief and anger

·        Stop abandoning and neglecting yourself,“I’ll show you, I’ll get me”.

·        Shift from Outerdependence to INdependence

·        Learn to set internal & externalboundaries

·        Experience Joy, Gratitude and a Spiritual Awakening

 

 

Methods may include:

Expressive arts                                                GuidedImagery

Meditation                                                          Inner Child Work

Affirmations                                                       Positive Self-talk

Spiritual inspiration & wisdom                       Self- love & self- acceptance

Play& humor                                                      Forgiveness

 

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Please send in the form along withyour $30.00 deposit to Healing Arts, LLC, 1180 Old Baptist Rd. North Kingstown,RI 02852.  When we receive your deposit, we will call you to set up an interview.

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Name________________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________

 


Codependency Workshop:

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Codependency Workshop:

The Dance of the Wounded Souls


 

Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Time: 9-4pm

Address: TBA

Fee:$200.00

Facilitators: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP & Judith Clarke, LMHC


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Topics may include:

The War Within

Loss of Self

Creating a Crisis to Find my Truth

Facing my Shadow Side

Emotional Honesty

Delayed Stress Syndrome

Turning on Myself “I’ll show you, I’ll get me”

Abandoning and neglecting myself

Outerdependence& INdependence

 

 

Methods may include:

Expressive arts, Guided Imagery and Hypnosis, Meditation,  Healing the Inner Child Work, Relaxation, Affirmation & Positive Self-talk , Spiritual inspiration & wisdom, Self- love, acceptance, forgiveness, Shame and Guilt Work, Play& humor, Grief work, Anger Work


Name________________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________

Phone_______________________________email____________________________________

Check #__________Cash______________

 

Substance Abuse Group Therapy

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 8:38 AM

 Healing Arts, LLC

Summer Series of Group Therapy Sessions:

Substance Abuse Group Therapy

 

 

At Healing Arts, LLC, we offer an ongoing therapy group for substance abuse related difficulties. This includes education, support and treatment. Our program is offered by licensed professionals with extensive experience in the issues of substance abuse andrelated addictive behaviors. Discover how substance abuse affects families and disrupts lives.

 

Some Topics to be included for the recovering person:

 

Substance use, abuse and dependence         Anger Management

Identifying triggers                                               Communication Skills

Managing cravings                                              Relapse Prevention

Acceptance and treatment readiness            Building a support system

Roadblocks to abstinence                                 Stress Management

12 Step Programs                                               Shame & Guilt

 

 

 

 

Youcan change an unhealthy lonely lifestyle and become the person you were meant to be with the help of professionals who understand the difficulties this lifestyle presents.

 

 

Youcan register for the group by calling Healing Arts, LLC at 401-932-6820 to schedule an appointment for an intake.

Group begins: June 15th, 2010, Monday evening, 7:00-8:15

Fee:    $30.00 per session

Group therapy is covered by United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan & Aetna

Place:North Kingstown

Facilitators: Frank Sorensen, M.Ed, LCDP & Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

 

Feel Awesome Holistic Self-Care Program

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 8:28 AM

 Healing Arts, LLC

Summer Series of Group Therapy Sessions:

Ten Week "Feel Awesome" Holistic Self-Care Program

An Integrative Mind, Body, Spirit Approach to Health

 

You can improve your lifestyle and become the person you were meant to be with the help of professionals who understand that change needs to happen holistically. At Healing Arts, we believe the mind and body are inseparable.

 

Goalsof the Group:

Improve overall health and sense of well-being

Reduce stress in your life

Maintain a more balanced lifestyle                                                      

Liveyour life with purpose and meaning

Develop your own personal self-care plan

Builda support system

Learn to say “no” and set healthy boundaries

Find the true source of your happiness & fulfillment

 

Learn how using these simple methods can help you feel awesome:

Expressive art                                                     Guided imagery

Meditation                                                             Music

Relaxation                                                             Mindfulness

Journaling                                                             Affirmations                     

Spiritual inspiration & wisdom                        Play & Humor

Aromatherapy                                                     Nature& Animals

Gratitude                                                               Acceptance

 

 

Youcan register for the group by calling Healing Arts, LLC at 401-932-6820 to schedule an appointment for an intake.

Group begins: June 29th, 2010, Tuesday evening, 6:30-8:00

Fee:    $30.00 per session

Group therapy is covered by United, Neighborhood, Harvard & Aetna

Place: North Kingstown

Facilitator: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

 

Expressive Art Therapy Group for Adolescents

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Healing Arts, LLC

Summer Series of Group Therapy Sessions:

Ten Week Expressive Art Therapy Group for Adolescents

 

Goals of the Group:


Improve your self-esteem

Get help with stress

Discover who you are

Developyour own unique sense of self

Expressyour feelings and needs

Learn about your boundaries

Find the true source of your happiness

Have lots of fun

 

Learn how expressive art therapy can help you feel better about yourself:

Poetry--  Art-- Song Lyrics--Movement-- Guided imagery--Writing-- Drama--Music--                 Aromatherapy--Journaling--Storytelling--Photography--Affirmations--Nature & Animals--Motivation & Inspiration--Relaxation--Play& Humor--Positive Self-talk

                          

No prior experience in art is necessary

You must be a high school student in the 2010-2011 school year.

 

Register early, space is limited. Please call Healing Arts, LLC, 401-932-6820 to schedule an appointment for an intake. Bring your parent or legal guardian along.

Begins: June23, 2010 until August 25, 2010

Groupmeets on: Wednesday morning 10-11:30 

Fee:    $30.00 per session

Group therapy is covered by most insurance companies: United, Harvard, Neighborhood& Aetna

Place: North Kingstown                     

Group facilitator: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

 

 

My Intro Blog

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I would like to introduce myself as the co-founder of Healing Arts, LLC. I recently left my position as as Student Assistance Counselor at Classical High School in Providence, RI to further develop my private practice. For the past 30 years, I'd like to say that I've been actively been in my own personal healing process through recovery, discovery, books, mentors, therapy, Reiki, 12 step recovery groups, healthy diet and nutrition, excercise, energy medicine, spiritual practice, and EMDR. I believe as a therapist I can't take a client further than I've been wiiling to go myself.

I have been working with adolescents and adults for the past 20 years in many different types of settings which include schools, hospitals, outpatient and in-patient. I am mostly interested in helping people deal and heal from trauma that results from childhood abuse as well as other types of trauma stemming from war, chronic illness, domestic violence, accidents, and sexual assaults.

I am truly grateful to be in this profession. It has been a very rewarding experience to engage those who  have experienced so much hurt in life and seem to have lost themselves, their trust in people and their purpose in life. They have allowed me to actively witness them, see them, through their emtional honesty and raw pain . It has been an honor to be part of so many people's healing process. I have been fortunate know clients who have incredible strengths and wisdom to find their way back home to Self. I'm an enthusiastic cheerleader, non- judgmental advocate, client-centered therapist who can hold the sacred space for someone to do their process work and actually get better.


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