About Our Grief and Loss Therapy Program
Granite Recovery Centers’ approach to the treatment of substance use disorders is unique in that it centers upon a rigorous 12 Step recovery program integrated with evidence-based addiction therapy programs to promote lifetime recovery. Our grief and loss therapy program is used to help clients deal with co-occurring grief, past, and present.
Understanding Grief and Loss
No one is exempt from grief and loss, and traumatic events that create these feelings happen many times over the course of one’s life. Grief is a feeling of irreparable loss of someone or something. It’s marked by overwhelming emotions of sadness, regret, disbelief, and hopelessness. With time, these acute feelings will start to dissipate and a return to normal activities a frame of mind can resume. If the person is unable to properly process their grief, and the same emotions persist at the same volume and for an extended period of time, a complicated grief disorder is diagnosed and should be treated with clinical modalities like Granite Recovery Centers’ grief therapy program.
The Five Stages of Grief
In most cases of grief – simple or complicated – a person will go through five predictable stages between the time of the loss and the eventual return to normalcy. These are:
Unresolved Grief and Substance Use Disorder
Drowning the Sorrows, Feeding the Compulsion
When a person experiences complicated grief – intense and unrelenting – and does not seek effective counseling, he or she may use alcohol or drugs as a means of coping with overwhelming feelings and to dull the pain, anger, guilt, and shame associated with the loss. For a person with an addictive predisposition, the effects of grief and loss can be far more intense and debilitating.