Inner peace in 2020. Continuing to succeed by doing things differently.
LB, February 4th 2020
Inner Peace is a treatment centre for drug and alcohol addiction that is utilizing new therapies and taking a refreshing and new approach to substance abuse treatment.
Inner Peace has a characteristically unique and special way of treating patients with compassion and kindness. When you enter the building as a new patient and meet Johann, clinical director and founder of Inner Peace, you immediately pick up on this. Whether your inner monologue is one of confusion and apprehension like so many entering treatment for substance abuse disorders, or you’re experiencing feelings of comfort at the homely atmosphere and unintimidating pace of things, it’s clear that this treatment centre is unique, and you know you’ll be okay sooner rather than later.
“When I first arrived, they didn’t tiptoe around me and treat me like a customer, I was immediately made to feel right at home. Soon I realised that the whole atmosphere and ethos of this place is that of one big family. Everyone involved in your recovery really cares and shows genuine compassion towards what you’re going through.”
Inner Peace treats patients with Substance Use Disorders. Inner Peace doesn’t treat drug addicts. And part of that is not treating you LIKE a drug addict.
“When I first arrived, I’d done a 28-day program and been told “addict, addict, addict”. Inner Peace helped me look at recovery in a different way. I’m not an addict, I have a Substance Use Disorder. I don’t have to live life with that stigma, I can transcend that and focus on healing myself as a human being.”
Substance Use Disorder. SUD. That’s the medical term, and it’s not an identity, it’s a condition.
Inner Peace teaches that recovery isn’t life. It’s a short period of a person’s life, one to get through before you can go back to living a fulfilling life, not stigmatized and labelled as an addict, but as a human being.
One of the ways in which Inner Peace is different therapeutically is that it provides Moral Reconation Therapy [MRT].
MRT is designed to give those who participate in the process a new set of lenses through which to view the world. It helps people deal with trauma and goes back to basics on the root causes of many of the issues they face today.
“I’ve been at Inner Peace for 4 months now. I’ve completed the first 3 MRT steps, Honesty – Trust – Worries, Wants and Needs, which is what is recommended to work through here at Inner peace [MRT consists of a total of 12 steps]. MRT helped me a lot with my childhood traumas in my past. It helped me learn that not everything is my fault. Inner Peace brought my family together, and I’m now working towards a better future for myself with the help of my therapist and the support of my family.”
Going through the steps of MRT, a group process, helps patients with Substance Use Disorders begin reframing their experience of life opens doors to new perspectives and ways of interacting with society.
Here at Inner Peace, it has taught and motivated many patients to start living by the principles of honesty and trust, granting them hope and giving them courage to face a world that they once thought the worst of, without the need to numb and bury their feelings and emotions with substances.
“I tried NA a few times, and I believe MRT is better, it’s a worthy practice that builds morality. It makes you think about the disease in a different way. MRT doesn’t just teach you to stay sober, it teaches you how to have a worthy life and a purpose.”
Flawed moral frameworks like this keep many who struggle with SUDs caught up in living a life coloured by negative and hopeless thinking that traps them in a cycle of justifying and rationalising destructive and immoral behaviours.
Without therapy, this can go on indefinitely, and for those with SUDs, certain points of this cycle are where they are at high risk of relapsing, going back to using drugs and alcohol.
“When I started doing MRT, the content discussed resonated with me on a deep level. It led me to realise that I had been seeing the world as unfair, unjust and completely broken, and I ended up justifying behaviours that were very destructive without even realising that I was doing any justifying. I thought everyone was as cynical as I was deep down, just better at hiding it.”
For some, Inner Peace is their first and last rehab. For others, it’s a breath of fresh air, providing a different treatment approach to a life ruining condition when other treatment centres have failed. Its unique methods and compassionate team will surely continue to help countless people recover from the damages of substance abuse for years to come, healing many individuals and families, and most importantly saving many lives along the way.