SOAR 2: Sober Outreach Athletic Resource
All forms of substance abuse, whether the addiction is to alcohol, drugs, or both, take a significant toll on all aspects of an addict’s life. At New Pathway Counseling, our SOAR 2 addiction treatment specialists work with adults and their families to heal their minds, bodies, and spirits.
The Sober Outreach Athletic Resource (SOAR 2) program is a unique addiction recovery program for adults that promotes sobriety, health, and fitness.
The guiding principles of the SOAR2 program are as follows
- By challenging the body, as well as the mind and spirit, in a positive and rewarding environment, adult addicts will discover that achieving and maintaining sobriety is desirable, possible, and achievable.
- Maintaining physical fitness, as well as emotional and spiritual wellbeing, is essential for relapse prevention. For example, dedicated workout routines relieve stress, help to cope with cravings effectively, and boost the immune system.
The SOAR 2 Program Structure and Components
The SOAR 2 program follows a continuum of care model in which patients participate in services, based on their Individual Program, at the level of intensity needed to achieve and maintain sobriety. Typically, adult addicts begin in our intensive outpatient treatment program and then step down to individual, family, and group therapy sessions. All addicts are encouraged to stay involved with services through our relapse preventions program.
Based on the findings of the individual’s comprehensive initial assessment, the addict and the SOAR addiction treatment professional develop an Individualized Program Plan containing all or some of the following services:
- Education and Process Group: This structured therapy group provides education about the disease of addiction and allows participants to process the issues they face during the early stages of recovery is a safe and caring environment.
- Weekly Individual Therapy Sessions: In addition to reviewing the progress the patient is making toward his or her program goals, the addiction treatment therapist reinforces the changes the addict is making in his or her thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. The therapist also works with the patients to develop coping skills to deal with triggers associated with active substance abuse.
- Group Therapy Sessions: With the guidance of an addiction treatment specialist, addicts process their experiences during recovery. During these sessions, group members and the facilitator reinforce positive thoughts and behaviors conducive to sustaining recovery, while developing coping skills and strategies to deal with challenges and obstacles that put the recovering addict’s sobriety at risk.
- Spiritual Guidance: While some addicts initially resist embracing the concept that a higher power plays a role in their recovery, our substance abuse treatment specialists work with patients to develop an understanding about the impact addiction has on spirituality. Underlying this process is the principle that by accepting a higher power, addicts gain a deeper understanding of who they are and their purpose in life.
- Family Participation: Given addiction is a family disease, our addiction treatment professionals provide support and guidance to the addict’s family members throughout the recovery process. They provide professional guidance to help the addict’s loved ones learn how to make difficult decisions, rebuild trust, and integrate the principles of sobriety into their own lives.
- Physical Fitness: By integrating exercise and physical activity into their recovery programs, addicts make positive changes as their physical fitness improves, which improves their self-image and confidence. Through this process, program participants transform doubt into positive action. As recovering addicts increase their strength, stamina, and endurance, they improve their ability to cope with both the emotional, social, and physical stressors that have the potential to jeopardize recovery.
- Relapse Prevention: These sessions act as booster to reinforce the skills and tools the addict in recovery uses to maintain his or her sobriety.
To learn more about the SOAR program at New Pathways Counseling addictions treatment centers in Bayonne, Paramus, Jersey City, and Pine Brook, NJ, call (201) 436-1022 to speak to a member of our staff today.