Experiential Trauma Workshop
Facilitated by Mandy Baker and Paige Morrison
The relationship between trauma and addiction is well documented. At BRC we understand this unique interaction and work with our clients to simultaneously begin the healing process from both addiction and from trauma. Trauma and our responses to it create a cadre of maladaptive behavioral patterns, ineffective coping skills, and sabotaging relational blocks. Unresolved trauma blocks us from connection to ourselves, to our Higher Power, and to others. This has the potential to make recovery from addiction increasingly difficult for trauma survivors. For this reason, BRC has developed a unique experiential trauma workshop that each client participates in during their stay at any of our programs.
The BRC Experiential Trauma Workshop pushes clients to look below the surface at their life history and how it is informing their present. Covering topics such as developmental trauma, relational trauma, abuse, and neglect, clients are led through the process of identifying the causes and conditions of their current relationship patterns. They identify the trauma and the coping skills attached to it that no longer meet their needs and are holding them back in their recovery and in their lives. Clients examine the many expressions of codependency, identify patterns (both healthy and limiting) they inherited from their family of origin, and practice strategies to overcome their old behaviors, thoughts, and value systems that do not fit with their current goals. Clients then take this information into their individual therapy session and into their community for continued work.
Healthy Relationships in Recovery
Facilitated by Emily L. Kleine, Ph.D., M.S.
The journey of getting sober entails more than simply stopping the use of drugs and alcohol. Alcoholics and addicts often look to, “change the way they feel,” by engaging in behaviors that may not align with a true sober lifestyle. Dishonesty, deceit, behavioral compulsivity, avoidance, distraction, and deflection of responsibility frequently lead those in recovery back to old behaviors and may even lead to the relapse of active chemical addiction. BRC understands the importance of attending to the whole self in supporting the client’s road to recovery. Often, a newly sober client will look to others to define and/or fulfill what is lacking within self. “Hooking up,” obsessive thinking, premature intimacy, and abandoning self within relationships are all-too-common occurrences within early sobriety.
The BRC, “Healthy Relationships in Recovery,” workshops allow for clients to discern what, exactly, they want and intend for their current and future relationships. Attendees participate in interactive discussion and creative activities focusing on topics including self-love, boundaries, assertiveness, honesty, and self-respect. Clients observe their habitual conduct in past relationships around dating and intimacy and begin to formulate a new plan of action for moving forward that can include asserting self-value, finding one’s voice, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Victimhood and martyrdom are left behind in a recovered lifestyle. The “Healthy Relationships in Recovery” workshops assist clients in preparing to find their strength and confidence, while incorporating the 12 Steps into all areas of their lives. Practicing healthy communication, surrendering self-seeking, and instilling self-love are all components included in learning how to act responsibly within relationships in recovery.