The Importance of Creating Safety for those in Residential Treatment

Posted by Janice Story on August 14, 2023 at 12:07 PM

My name is Janice Story, I am the Equine and Meditation Coach at Soberman’s Estate. I know from my own personal experiences, that you cannot heal if you don’t feel safe in your surroundings or in your own body. I also understand how challenging it can be to recognize and find safety. When it comes to addiction treatment, the environment in which an individual recovers can significantly influence their journey to sobriety. In particular, the creation of a safe space within a residential treatment center can have profound effects on the recovery process. As leaders in alcohol and substance abuse treatment, we understand the crucial role such a setting plays and incorporate it into every aspect of our care model.

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Clients who seek help for substance use disorder often come with histories of trauma, self-doubt, and emotional distress. Individuals often face feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation. These negative emotions can increase their substance use, trapping them in a destructive cycle. A safe space provides an environment where these individuals can express themselves without fear of judgement, ridicule, or harm. It fosters trust, allowing patients to engage fully in the recovery process.

Emotional and Psychological Safety

Creating emotional safety means creating an environment where Clients can share their experiences, fears, and hopes openly. Counseling sessions should prioritize empathy and understanding, reinforcing the message that every client’s feelings are valid and important.

A psychologically safe environment encourages clients to explore their own thoughts and emotions without fear of negative consequences. This safety allows for personal growth and the development of new, healthier coping skills.

A "safe space" is more than just a physical environment. It's a comfortable atmosphere created with trust, acceptance, and support. A place where they can confront their addiction with the knowledge that they are not alone in their experiences, and challenges. A place where they can learn from others and begin to understand their addiction.

Creating The Feeling of Safety: Our Approach

At Soberman’s Estate, we prioritize creating a safe space for each individual in our care. This involves:

  • Non-judgmental Approach: Our team of professionals practices empathy and understanding. Every individual who walks through our doors is treated with respect and dignity. We strive to understand their unique experiences and perspectives, reinforcing that they are more than their addiction.
  • Privacy and Confidentiality: We respect each person's privacy and maintain strict confidentiality about treatment details. Our team comprises highly trained professionals who are committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of all clients. Their expertise and compassionate approach play a pivotal role in establishing a safe space.
  • Individual and Group Therapy: Therapy is a key component of creating a feeling of safety. Understanding that each person’s journey to recovery is unique, we create customized treatment plans that cater to individual needs. This client-centric approach aids in building trust and safety.
  • Holistic Therapies: We believe in treating the whole person, not just their addiction. To help clients relax and reduce stress, we offer a variety of holistic therapies such as fitness, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. These therapies provide clients with tools to manage their stress and emotions, essential for maintaining sobriety post-treatment.
  • Peer Support: Safety doesn't stop once the residential treatment concludes. We provide comprehensive aftercare plans to ensure our Clients continue to feel supported in their recovery journey. We cultivate a sense of community among our clients, allowing them to lean on each other for support and understanding. This mutual support and camaraderie contribute to a feeling of safety and acceptance.

The Impact of Safe Spaces on Recovery

The impact of safe spaces on recovery can be life-changing. When individuals feel safe and supported, they are more likely to engage actively in their recovery. They are more open to learning new coping mechanisms, confronting their behaviors, and making positive changes. The safe space becomes a foundation for healing and transformation, helping them break free from the shackles of addiction.

Creating safety is not just a part of treatment at Soberman’s - it's a cornerstone of our philosophy. We believe in the transformative power of having a safe space during the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. As experts in the field, we're committed to creating an environment where healing, growth, and recovery can flourish. We understand that recovery from addiction doesn't just involve stopping substance use; it's about transforming lives. And in a safe, accepting, and supportive environment, such transformation becomes not just a possibility, but a reality.

Soberman's Estate is a residential men's addiction treatment center that provides discreet, individualized, sophisticated recovery and wellness services for adult men that want to recover from substance use disorders, and or other behavioral issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, or other addictions. 


Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Safety

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