Those interested in learning about some of the goals staff help individuals reach when they first start out in recovery and long after can hear from The Way Out Recovery Rehab Santa Clarita officials.
Though the priority goal might seem obvious to many -- to quit using alcohol and drugs -- this is actually only the “starting point” in recovery, according to Program Director Bob Sharits.
“When somebody has crossed the line into addiction, it’s really not about the trouble with the drugs,” he said. “Yes, we have to help them stop using, but once they stop using, the trouble is navigating life, and so I want to put that out there, because a lot of the work that we do at The Way Out is about navigating life.”
Learning and implementing healthy coping skills and getting support throughout the recovery process are two key tools The Way Out Recovery SCV’s addiction experts provide to clients, said Primary Counselor Melissa Flowers.
“Implementing healthy coping skills is, I think, our biggest, because when something happens, instead of turning to the drug or the alcohol, they have a healthy coping skill in place so that they can process whatever’s going on,” she explained.
A lot of individuals start treatment with extra problems caused by their addiction, which could range from family conflict to court dates to money troubles, but Sharits emphasized the importance of facing these issues during the recovery process.
“We don’t teach people to run and hide from their problems, we don’t teach people to … go through life with blinders on and never face anything that’s going to stress you out or that you’re going to struggle with,” Sharits said. “What we teach is that you can stay clean and sober no matter.”
Though this could sound intimidating to some people, Sharits added that a key part of recovery is building a support system when dealing with small and large problems alike.
“When you come into our treatment center, I’m going to say, ‘Let’s go face this court date together,’” he said.
Providing phone numbers of people clients can call when they’re struggling is another big component to the support provided by The Way Out Recovery SCV, according to Flowers.
“I’ve had plenty of clients call us at The Way Out and say, ‘I’m going to drink. What do I do?’” Flowers said. “Come to a meeting, find a peer support group, call me, come down here, come talk to me. They end up not drinking for that day, for that moment, and so I think what we offer is a safe space… That’s probably the biggest part is that support that we offer to our clients.”