A major quality that all of the students have in common is how they use their body, food, academics, substances, and other environmental factors as control mechanisms. In short, it seems that when people struggle with intimate relationships – from developing infants to mature adults – there is a strong tendency to use environmental tools to help ease our troubles.
In other words, sex, drugs, food, shopping, self-harm and more can and often are used to mediate a person’s pain.
We help our students and families continue to understand the intentions that motivate these control mechanisms through individual, family, and group therapy. We ask our therapists to continue to keep up with the most recent therapeutic treatments for the many different forms of struggles our students face.
Greenbrier’s therapeutic boarding academy utilizes a multi-layered relational approach to support addiction recovery. Many recovery systems tend to deal with substance abuse issues from a cause-and-effect perspective or a narcissistic approach. They teach kids about how they need to take care of themselves and do what makes them feel better.
This obviously can give a person struggling with substance abuse the impression that taking care of “number one” remains the most important priority. This is where the term “dry drunk” comes from; a person will stop drinking only to start something else with just as hurtful effects. With other forms of treatment, clients are asked to thoroughly examine how drugs and alcohol have affected their lives, as if just realizing the cause and effect will somehow make them sober.