Although they have not always been recognized as such, mental health issues and addictions have plagued humanity throughout its history. And tens of millions of people continue to struggle with these issues in today’s society. The high prevalence and complexity of mental health concerns and addiction have led to numerous opinions and beliefs about the nature of such issues and speculation as to why it occurs. Some lingering beliefs about substance use, for example, include the idea that addiction is simply a matter of will power, or that drugs prescribed by a physician are not addictive, or that addiction therapy is not very useful. Fortunately, modern science has dispelled many such beliefs. Science shows that during the addiction process, the brain changes so that it does not work healthily. These changes can occur with legal and illegal drugs as well as with various unhealthy behaviors, such as problem gambling. The changes in brain chemistry are not unique to addiction; they also occur in conjunction with a number of non-addiction-related mental health issues.
Luckily, science has guided the development of many successful therapeutic approaches that are validated to help those who struggle with issues of mental wellness and addictions to obtain healthy, productive, and happy lives. The GIA philosophy for wellness and addiction therapy is based on translating the best, most progressive scientific research into clinical practice. This research shows that the most successful treatments involve the active participation of the patient and those closest to them. To help prepare the patient and their family for this process, GIA provides science-based mental health and addiction education programs as part of all therapeutic protocols.
Our Mental Health and Addiction Education Programs
Science shows that individuals struggling with mental wellness issues and addiction greatly benefit from understanding how their brain functions in these cases, just like someone who struggles with high blood pressure benefits from understanding how the heart functions, and someone who struggles with diabetes benefits from understanding how insulin works. This is why the education programs in our Miami facility are a cornerstone of GIA’s mission. These programs are delivered across multiple venues (online training, classroom settings, printed brochures, etc.), and are available to you and your family throughout the healing process.
Addictions and the Brain
World-class neuroscientists and medical educators at GIA Miami have developed science-based programs that help address common questions specifically related to addictions. Examples of these programs include:
- How the brain changes as a result of substance use disorders, from the first exposure to a drug to repeated use to developing an addiction
- How non-drug addictions like problem gambling, compulsive shopping, and compulsive eating change the brain
- Why some people are more vulnerable to developing addictions than others
- How various life events (stress, seeing places and people associated with the addiction) can trigger the desire to take a drug again, and how to retrain the brain to deal with these triggers
- How to train the brain to alter the habits associated with addictions and to make healthy choices
- How to break the cycle of addiction when a patient has a co-occurring mental disorder like depression or anxiety that underpins and fuels their addiction
Health and Wellness
GIA Miami has health and wellness programs that science has shown to mental wellness and help in addiction therapy. Examples include:
- Nutritional services program. This program focuses on the critical role of nutrition in a person’s overall health, especially when you have struggled with addiction. By learning the basics of nutrition, shopping on a budget, and cooking, our nutritionists will give you the tools you need to feel your best as you recover and to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
- Fitness and addiction program. You will work with a personal trainer to establish and maintain your physical fitness. Clinical research shows that physical activity relieves stress, improves mood, and provides structure and discipline, all of which are critical components of long-term health and wellness.
- Mindful medication services. Our mindful medication program aims at helping individuals struggling with mental health issues or addiction to understand the degree to which medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can benefit them, the better to ensure their continued mental and physical well-being.
Once your time at GIA Miami is finished, we continue to be in touch with educational materials and support. These will include:
- Blogs and newsletters, through which we will tackle addiction- and mental-health related topics that will help to guide you as you continue your healing journey.
- Alumni tracking and check-ins. One of the critical components of genuine wellness is establishing a support network. Through our alumni program, you will be able to maintain contact with the staff at GIA, as well as with your peers in treatment.
By making sure that you have access to the educational support materials that you need, GIA’s education programs will help you navigate your journey to long-term mental and physical health.
Learn More About Our Education Programs Today
The mental wellness and addiction therapy programs at GIA Miami are designed to help you cope with mental health issues and addiction, and choose a more healthy lifestyle. If you or someone you care about is struggling with their mental health or battling addiction, reach out to GIA Miami today. Our compassionate, knowledgeable admissions team is waiting to answer your questions online, or at 833.713.0828. You can rebuild your life. And GIA Miami can give you the tools.