Mature and Mindfulness Program

Though addiction is a disease that can affect people of various ages, effective substance abuse treatment varies according to a person’s age. A rehab program that may work for a college student may not work for an executive or a parent. At Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago, we offer effective addiction treatment programs that address dependencies on substances like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, and more. We provide unique and individualized treatment plans for each of our patients to ensure their needs are met. Our Chicago mindfulness-based addiction treatment is one of the many approaches we offer that can help patients over the age of 30 overcome their unique challenges with addiction.

What Is a Mature and Mindfulness Rehab Program?

The mature and mindfulness program at our rehab in Chicago is one of the many moving parts of successful addiction treatment for older adults. The Mature Track Program focuses on the difficulties that older adults face when trying to recover from drug addiction or alcoholism. Every stage of life is different. For example, a 45-year-old may face different hurdles in addiction recovery than a 20-year-old. A person’s responsibilities at work, with their spouse, with their children, and general everyday tasks can each influence their recovery journey.

Our Mature Track Program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing each of these factors. Our mature and mindfulness program aims to teach patients how their responsibilities, behavior, and emotions affect their addiction. With the help of our team, patients can develop the tools they’ll need to sustain their sobriety long after they have left our facility.

Our mindfulness counseling program was developed based on Buddhist practices, which include an eight-step journey to increase spirituality and self-awareness.

The eight steps that make up our rehab program for older adults are:

  • Understanding
  • Intention
  • Communication
  • Action
  • Livelihood
  • Effort
  • Mindfulness
  • Concentration

While these stages are based on Buddhist practices, patients are not expected nor required to believe in anything. They are only tasked with doing the work that is asked of them in recovery. The mature and mindfulness program simply offers a systematic approach to substance abuse treatment that is particularly beneficial to older adults. The goal of our mature program is to equip patients with powerful relapse prevention strategies and tools they will need to achieve sobriety and sustain it for the rest of their lives.

Even after completing a stay at our Illinois addiction treatment facility, patients and alumni can take the lessons learned with them by keeping a consistent mindfulness journal. This is where they can practice the teachings and find real-world examples to apply them to. By writing these experiences out, patients can practice more agency in their own choices.

Why Is Mindfulness Good for Addiction?

Mindfulness is an active mental state that is focused on the present. The act of being mindful involves acknowledging your thoughts and feelings from a distance in order to address them in a healthy way. If you sit too close to an image, you will not be able to focus on it or see it properly. It is the same with our thoughts. We often need a change of perspective when faced with challenges, and our mindfulness program focuses on coping with negative thoughts and emotions from a safe distance.

This therapeutic method is incorporated into this program to help patients accept their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a healthy manner. Focusing on mindfulness helps to slow the mind and give the individual control. This technique also encourages patients to choose the best way to respond to certain situations.

Addiction treatment for older adults should be different from the treatment available for younger adults. Older adults face age-specific challenges. A unique set of parameters must be set in place in order to successfully combat each of these issues. Our mature and mindfulness program is centered on helping adults establish their sobriety while developing healthy coping mechanisms for the distinctive concerns they have in their daily lives. Patients in our mature program may also benefit from the unique programs and therapies we offer at our Chicago addiction treatment center.

If you or someone you know needs addiction recovery that is tailored to adults over a certain age, contact us today for more information about our mindfulness-based substance abuse treatment program.

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At Banyan Chicago our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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