What Does “R-E-S-T” Stand For?
At Granite Recovery Centers, we utilize a program called R.E.S.T., or Recovery Education and Skills Training. R.E.S.T is a comprehensive lecture, discussion, and action-based curriculum developed by integrating time-tested 12 Step principles with evidence-based clinical practices and the personal experiences of men and women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Since studies suggest that continued participation in 12 Step programs post treatment increases the likelihood of long-term recovery, R.E.S.T. endeavors to effectively guide clients through as much 12 Step work as possible while they are in our care.
“Far from admitting he was an alcoholic (addict), he told himself he came to the hospital (GRC) to REST his nerves.”
–Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 39
It is of vital importance that clients be exposed to certain concepts at the very beginning of their treatment process. As they progress through our continuum of care, they will have the opportunity to participate in discussions which dive more deeply into the material.
The Structure of R.E.S.T.
Our program is structured so that R.E.S.T. II, III, IV, & V build upon the principles established in R.E.S.T. I. Upon completion of R.E.S.T. I, clients will have completed steps 1-3 and will have begun the writing of a 4th step.
The following topics are addressed throughout the R.E.S.T. curriculum:
- Powerlessness, unmanageability, and the physical cravings to use substances.
- Explores the different types of substance users, dislocation theory, and the change of perception necessary for recovery.
- Cognitive distortions, affect regulation, and relapse prevention.
- Open-mindedness, willingness, and the setting aside of prejudgments in order to have a new experience with recovery.
- Acceptance, commitment, and the decision to change.
Although the 12 Step Recovery literature utilized in R.E.S.T. is, for the most part, taken entirely from the book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the concepts and principles presented by R.E.S.T. facilitators go far beyond the pages of a single book.
The Format of R.E.S.T.
The format of R.E.S.T. as clients progress further along presents less lecture and more discussion–based material, allowing them to not only inwardly identify with the material being presented, but also verbally express that identification along with any questions, comments, and concerns they may have. Skilled R.E.S.T. facilitators will utilize motivational interviewing to elicit buy in from clients as they interact with one another in a group setting. By integrating very specific 12 Step literature with the shared experiences of the group, clients are more likely to become engaged with the treatment process as a whole.
As clients advance through our program, topics addressed will include:
- Recovery experiences
- Hope for the future
- The progression of addiction
- Honesty with self and others
- Personal inventory
- Maladaptive behaviors
Clients will eventually be given the opportunity for self-examination through an individualized therapeutic writing process. Although clients are somewhat limited in the recovery “actions” that they can take while in treatment, R.E.S.T. does allow clients to “work” on themselves through a series of personal writing assignments. Moving forward, clients are encouraged to be rigorously honest and thorough as they dig into the depths of their own psyche.
The final portion of the R.E.S.T. curriculum focuses on past and present resentments and other unresolved feelings of that have contributed to their substance use. The final stages often prove to be profoundly transformative for those who see it through to the end.
To learn more about the R.E.S.T. program, please give us a call today. Our Admissions Specialists are available 24/7 and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Three Basic Approaches to 12-Step Treatment
There are essentially three toolsets that treatment professionals can leverage in helping addicts achieve and maintain long term sobriety:
- Psychotherapy, including CBT, DBT, Grief, Trauma, etc.
- 12 Step work
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
The first approach most often focuses on identifying of root use causes and triggers of addiction. The key here is in learning behavioral modification techniques addicts can use to stay sober. The second involves working through the 12 Steps of A.A. within our structured R.E.S.T. curriculum. MAT is a treatment approach through which addiction is addressed with the use of modern pharmaceuticals. It includes opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and often combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. It is an emerging approach to treatment and appropriate for some addicts who may wish to pursue it. At Granite Recovery Centers, we draw from all of the above approaches to create a treatment program that covers your needs.
Our Unique, Integrated Approach
REST is a comprehensive lecture, discussion, and action-based curriculum developed by integrating time-tested 12 Step principles with evidence based clinical practices and the personal experiences of men and women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Since studies suggest that continued participation in 12 Step programs post treatment increases the likelihood of long-term recovery, R.E.S.T. endeavors to effectively guide clients through as much 12 Step work as possible.
The approach that we employ with great success here at Granite Recovery Centers is so much more than just a drug rehab program; it combines a comprehensive 12-Step curriculum integrated with individual and group clinical psychotherapies. In this integrated environment, addicts work through the 12 Step program and learn how each step affects their past, present, and future in sobriety. As an example, Step 4’s “making a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves” is useful and important. But in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy, the emotional pain unearthed by a trained 12-Step facilitator can be properly processed with the help a licensed clinician and real healing can take place.