All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
The clinical teams at Red Oak Recovery® and The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® continue to incorporate educational trainings to keep their skillset sharp. and to expand their knowledge on how to best serve those in need. Most recently, they attended a training with Dr. Charles L. Freeman, the San Diego sleep psychologist. Dr. Freeman presented on “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: The Gold Standard of Treatment".
Stemming from a holistic approach to assist those struggling with sleep issues, clinicians learned about heathy alternative techniques to getting sound sleep and maintaining energy levels throughout the day - without the use of medications. By utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help change thoughts and behaviors, restorative sleep becomes more sustainable for those struggling with sleep issues. Clinicians learned about various foods and essential oil scents that can help aid in getting to sleep and staying asleep. They also participated in a hypnotherapy session that Dr. Freeman utilizes for those clients that he works with who are suffering from insomnia.
When used for long periods of time, sleep and anti-anxiety medications can affect the chemistry of the brain and lead to dependency on sleep medication to fall asleep. For those struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and/or mental health issues, sleep disturbances can have debilitating effects. Sleep deprivation is linked to increased risk of chronic health conditions and can intensify anxiety and depression.
Research has shown that getting a sound night’s sleep can significantly improve quality of life, performance, mood, concentration, and relationships. Better sleep is also linked to a lower risk of relapse and is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Red Oak's teams are well equipped to work with clients to find healthy and natural alternatives in achieving quality sleep to help them put their best foot forward with each new day.
About Red Oak Recovery
Red Oak Recovery and The Willows at Red Oak are located in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains, just north of Asheville, NC, and is the result of extensive experience and research for developing highly effective programming to create a foundation of long-term recovery for young adults. The Willows is dedicated to woman-only programming uniquely blends quality clinical care, adventure and experiential therapy. Both types of programming include 12 Step work and social skills development to create positive and lasting change.