All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Pacific Quest’s Sustainable Recovery model of care invites students to affirm who they are in this world and their opportunities and responsibilities in Recovery. At Pacific Quest (PQ), Horticultural Therapy (HT) is utilized to understand the equivalent of the human process of addiction in plants - a condition commonly known as ‘root bound’. Primary Therapist and Recovery Coordinator Mark White comments, “When a plant becomes root bound, it has grown to the point where it exhausts the available nutrients. In an effort to thrive, the plant begins to consume itself to stay alive. At this point, if the plant is not transplanted. it will inevitably suffer and is likely to meet an early demise. In our knowledge of addiction we understand that without intervention, a young person developing the behavioral patterns of addiction may unfortunately experience similar outcomes.”
At PQ, young people are both educated and empowered to become aware of how the process of addiction has impacted their growth and are supported in engaging in the process of Recovery. Mark adds, “Within our Sustainable Recovery track, students begin to actively send their ‘roots’ - time and energy - back toward the relationships/activities/values in their life that nourish them. Caring for the gardens, exploring the Big Island and engaging in sober fun with peers are all part of the growth process - in addition to Recovery-focused clinical services.”
PQ’s unique clinical process invites students to become mindful of their personal behavioral patterns of addiction and become both knowledgeable and skillful in preventing relapse into these old behaviors. Recovery programming includes personalized Recovery coaching as well as HT-based clinical interventions that empower each student to learn effective relapse prevention skills to address their own, individual circumstances.
Additionally, students participate in a weekly Recovery Group and become knowledgeable of practical ways to make meaningful behavioral changes to support their personal Recovery. Learning to actively manage peer and other social pressures, awareness of relapse triggers and cues and use of effective coping skills are all growth opportunities students have each day. This active approach to care ensures students partake in intensive preparation for sustaining important behavioral changes post-treatment. In addition, for students interested in learning about a 12-step approach, access to an on-campus ‘PQ- only’ meeting is available as is individualized ‘step study’ work.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, for struggling adolescents and young adults that offers a clinical, yet holistic, approach to treatment. Our neurodevelopmental approach, combined with horticultural therapy, integrates evidence-based therapeutic methods, whole-person wellness and organic gardening to sustain a healthy community and motivate change. www.pacificquest.org