At the Gabel Center, we make use of the incredible environment that surrounds us. Fort Myers Beach is a place of not only incredible sunsets and white sandy beaches, but also a plethora of wildlife and an eco-system that is as diverse as the creatures that inhabit it. The Gabel Center incorporates this magical landscape into our treatment program, not only for recreation, but for its therapeutic values as well.
Our Client Residences are spacious, well-appointed modern homes that are solely owned and meticulously maintained. Our residences are in private, upscale neighborhoods and have all the comforts of home. The Gabel Center offers private and semi-private room options. All our Client Residences are monitored by on-site staff 24 hours a day, ensuring safety, privacy and continuity. Private transportation is provided for our clients for travel between The Gabel Center and our Client Residences.
What is treatment?
Treatment consists of a safe environment where a person who is suffering from addiction can find therapeutic ways to cease the addiction. There are different approaches to treating addiction, one approach is 12 step based others may be medical based, faith based, holistic and experiential. Do not confuse experiential with experimental. An experiential approach is designed to help the individual engage in the process and feel the emotions of accomplishing goals. This can include rock climbing, ropes course, and some include the natural serenity of their surroundings to give the individual the ability experience activities such as sailing and boating in a therapeutic manor.
Finding a comprehensive program that can address multiple issues through multiple modalities is paramount to building a foundation for long-term recovery. In many cases your loved one may also be suffering from an underlying condition such as trauma, depression, anxiety, or a personality disorder. The length of stay can vary from one facility to another. To build a solid foundation for recovery your loved ones’ time in treatment should be based on meeting the goals set forth in the treatment planning rather a pre-determined number of days.
How do I get my loved one to treatment?
Start by asking them if they are willing to accept help and participate in the process of finding a facility that will be suited to their needs. If your loved one isn’t willing to accept help then it may be time to consult with a professional addiction interventionist. When working with a professional you will help your loved one understand that they are indeed loved, but that their damaging behaviors will no longer be allowed to continue. Once your concerns have been addressed, your caring and professional interventionist will help guide your loved one to recognize that there is a problem, without ever having to admit it. At that point, the interventionist will provide your loved one with an objective and healthy solution to the problem, while at the same time, working to maintain the dignity of all involved in the intervention process.
Our team views the drug intervention, alcohol intervention, mental health intervention, eating disorder intervention, and gambling intervention as a strategically planned process conducted in a compassionate and solution focused manner. The intervention is designed to create a positive change by helping to establish healthy boundaries in conjunction with a solid plan of action to support the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. With the supportive direction of your interventionist and the love and emotional strength of those who will participate in the intervention your loved one will be carefully guided towards accepting the gift of recovery.
What can I expect while my loved one is in treatment?
What you can expect is only half the question; the other half of the question to ask is what is expected of the family during treatment. Let’s answer this first, if you are at a point where you are reading this information than you have certainly experienced some of the symptoms associated with addiction. They can include lying, manipulation, stealing and isolation just to name a few. It is imperative that you set the boundaries and follow the guidance of the professional clinical staff treating your loved one. In a nut shell, this means accepting nothing less than positive actions rather than negative words. The fact is most people seek treatment due to some significant event “jackpot” that disrupted their ‘using” environment enough to make a change.
These events can include loss of a job, relationship issues within the family and friends circle, financial difficulties, health problems or legal issues. It’s very common for people in treatment to immediately start to feel better and fall into the trap of thinking they can manage their addition better or try to sabotage the recovery process to continue the self-destructive behaviors. It’s almost a certainty that you will hear complaints such as “the staff are mean” or “they don’t have a clue how to help me”. In these instances, where you are receiving the laundry list of why self-treatment at home is better it’s important assure your loved one you are only going to support healthy actions and that includes only engaging in productive conversations.