Have you ever felt like your whole life was coming apart?
It’s one thing after another. Fights with the people you love, another lost job, more shame that you can’t seem to quit the only thing that comforts you—alcohol and drugs. Just one more pill. One more drink. You forget to eat, you oversleep, you party at all hours of the night. The police impound your car for too many tickets, your spouse doesn’t want to see you—and won’t let you see the kids. You feel like everybody is out to get you. You’re terribly alone. You forget who you used to be. One more pill, one more drink. And it all starts over again.
Your experience isn’t rare. It isn’t even unusual. If you knew how many people struggled with a substance abuse problem each year in the US (23 million), you’d realize that a lot of their lives look very similar to yours.
But you don’t have to live in the constant cycle of pain that you’re trying to numb day in and day out.
In fact, if you really looked down in your heart, you’d see that you’re still just someone who wants to be loved, appreciated and understood. Underneath the cloud of substance use, sorrow and lashing out, you’re human, too.
Here’s what else you need to know: You can find your true self again.
At Skywood, we have seen many people lost in the fog of alcohol and drug abuse. Over half are also experiencing the effects of mental health conditions that leave them feeling out of control. Through effective treatment and rehabilitation, a large percentage of those people are able to manage their mental health issues and live healthy, fulfilling lives free of substance use.
Skywood is part of Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), a nationwide residential and outpatient treatment organization. Since 1995, we’ve been helping people recover from addiction and mental health conditions through research-backed methods and proven results. We fundamentally believe that every person can recover, and we’re ready to show you exactly how it’s done.
“[Going to treatment] was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever done but also the best decision I’ve ever made.”
So What Is the Experience Like at Skywood?
If you’re considering going to treatment—or you’re looking at treatment programs on behalf of a loved one—you should be able to get a sense for what a program has to offer you. Any facility can have a pool or a gym, but will you really feel better? Is happiness possible?
Healing happens over time—and it often comes through subtle changes and important breakthroughs. It certainly doesn’t all happen at once. Experienced recovery professionals will tell you to “trust the process,” because recovery happens like a flower blooming: One day you’re staring at a green bud and the next day you’re surprised by a gorgeous explosion of petals. All you can do in the meantime is put great soil around the flower, water it diligently and give it fresh air and sunshine. That’s what our program is for.
How We Help Your Recovery Happen
Here’s what we do to help your recovery happen and how it might feel. You can experience physical, emotional, mental and spiritual changes through our program, and we’ll tell you what we do for each aspect of your life.
First, you’ll get a full assessment. It’s “bio-psycho-social,” meaning it covers the context of your health, relationships and history. When we develop a comprehensive evaluation of your status and conditions, we’re using all the context at our disposal to form a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
We’ll help restore your body to health. You’ll need to stabilize after you stop using alcohol and drugs, so our consulting medical staff will help you detoxify from substances and alleviate your symptoms as necessary while your body readjusts. During the course of treatment, you’ll be able to eat tasty, healthy meals, and you’ll learn about nutrition and wellness. You can start being active again through meditative walks and adventure therapy on our beautiful woodland campus. We also have a low and high ropes course, and you may even get to experience the reflective, healing process of working with horses through equine therapy.
You will learn how to manage your mental health. At Skywood, we don’t just prescribe psychiatric medications—we teach you about your diagnosis. We will help you understand your symptoms and how you can maintain a healthy mental balance. We also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you sort through conflicting, damaging or unhealthy thoughts.
You will learn how to manage your emotional health. Resolving grief, loss, anger and trauma can be very significant to your recovery from substances. You’ll be able to process with peers in group sessions, but you’ll also have one-on-one time with a therapist to solve deeper questions and issues. You’ll also be learning important life skills, like managing conflict and having healthy relationships, that will propel your recovery when you leave treatment. You can express yourself through creative arts and also experience healing with your loved ones through our famiy program.
You can discover (or rediscover) your spiritual life. We encourage each person to pursue spirituality at the level he or she determines. Getting in touch with who you are as a person and your purpose in life, as well as any higher meaning, has been instrumental to many in recovery from addiction. We’ll teach you the practices of yoga and meditation, and we also provide access to 12-Step meetings and other peer support groups.
You’ll make some friends. Our kind, caring staff are always here to encourage you along the way, and they will be your number one fans. Also, your peers in treatment will be overcoming obstacles just like you are—and you may find some kindred spirits as you embark on your recovery journey.
You’ll get to do something completely different. It may surprise you how getting out of your normal environment can change the way you think and feel. The crisp Michigan air, the waving grass, the chirping crickets and rustling trees will make your experience stand out. You will have space and solitude to think about your life, and you’ll have time to change your habits for the better.
You’ll get to join our Life Challenge program. Once you complete your stay in treatment, you can springboard back into everyday life with the support, excitement and motivation of our Life Challenge program (also known as The L+C). Life is full of challenges, but you can make choices each day to meet them head-on. Our program will give you the insight and encouragement you need to do just that. The L+C acknowledges that life is hard, but we are strong enough to face it. The L+C mantra is, “Dear life… challenge accepted.”
All You Have to Do Is Ask
If you want to know more about what we do—and what kind of experience you could have at Skywood, all you have to do is ask. Contact us today so that we can walk you through the admissions process and answer your questions. Today is the day that your life can change for the better. Call, email or chat with us to find out more.