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Extended Care Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

Therapeutic Workshops

The Benchmark Recovery 90-day rehabilitation program is a holistic recovery program, helping men and women to recover from the seemingly hopeless disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Over the course of the 90-day residential program, residents have the opportunity to participate in many different kinds of activities, groups, and workshops, designed to facilitate healing for the mind, body and spirit.

Benchmark-therapeutic-workshopsJust as there are unique differences to each gender, men and women recover from addiction in different ways. 

Throughout 2014, Dan Griffin, M.A., will be providing workshops designed for our male residents.

While the 12 Step Program can be one of the most transformational “designs for living” available for the full human experience, there are frequently obstacles that prevent and sabotage our success at recovery.  Many men follow self-defeating scripts that are extremely powerful and often invisible.

Frequently, men in recovery do not spend their time consciously reflecting on the man they want to be. Yet, without a thoughtful and heartfelt exploration of this critical part of personal identity, recovery may be limited.

Through a deep and comprehensive exploration of the 12 Steps, Dan’s workshops support the men in defining the man they want to be and what is getting in the way for that to happen. Equally important, the men will support one another in seeing all of the strengths they bring into their recovery as they work towards being happy, healthy men.

Dan’s work represents a holistic study of men’s experience of recovery from addictions. His groundbreaking research became the first trauma-informed curriculum dealing with men’s unique issues and needs.

Dan-GriffinDan Griffin, MA

Dan has worked in the mental-health and addictions field for almost two decades and has been in recovery since he graduated from college in 1994.  He is author of A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps (Hazelden), the first trauma-informed book taking a holistic look at men’s experience of recovery from addictions. He served as the state drug court coordinator for the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as the judicial branch’s expert on addiction and recovery. He has also worked in addictions research, case management, public advocacy and counseling.

Breathing Through Recovery: Inner Healing and Self-Awareness

Individuals can achieve lasting recovery and a fulfilling life through several initiatives, and inner healing and self-awareness are two important aspects of the recovery process. Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful experiential process that allows an individual to connect with the unhealed parts of themselves that are often behind addiction.

In this therapeutic process, participants experience natural healing of the psyche by expressing repressed emotions.  No session is ever the same; the material brought up in an individual’s session is unique to them and although different each time they do breathwork, reoccurring themes frequently are revealed. Holotropic Breathwork™ workshops also include music, art integration and group sharing.

Holotropic Breathwork™ is a fully integrated healing process of the mind, body and spirit. The workshops offered several times a year are facilitated by Christine Calvert, LCDC, and Brenda Lee Gauthier, LCSW, LCDC , both certified Holotropic Breathwork™ practitioners.

 

Christine-CalvertChristine Calvert, LCDC

Christine Calvert is a licensed chemical dependency counselor and has worked in several premiere addiction recovery centers throughout Texas. With experience in direct care, counseling, program development and management, she has found her ultimate passion to be working with individuals in an experiential capacity, utilizing modalities that connect the mind, body, and spirit. She is a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator through Grof Transpersonal Training. In working with others, Christine draws upon almost a decade of her own recovery and 12-step experience, and enjoys supporting people on their path towards wholeness.

Brenda-Lee-GauthierBrenda Lee Gauthier, LCSW, LCDC

Brenda has a wide range of experience as an addiction and mental health professional, working locally with highly-recognized addiction recovery organizations. Her passion is to facilitate experiential processes where clients can access the deeper parts of their psyche and begin transformational healing.  She is trained in other experiential modalities that work with the subconscious mind including hypnotherapy, guided imagery and NLP.  Brenda is a licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW),  a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and is a certified Integrative Breathwork practitioner through Eupsychia Institute.