In this episode of “Beyond Addiction,” we discuss the health of the helper in the addiction and caregiving fields, featuring author Joe Bailey.
“Beyond Addiction” is a podcast dedicated to sharing an innovative perspective on addiction and recovery. In this series, we discuss an innovative, “inside out” approach to recovery.
Why is the health of the helper so important?
In Beyond Addiction Episode 6, "The health of the helper," Barnett Gilmer, CEO of Gulf Breeze Recovery, and the author of five books on recovery and addiction, including the forthcoming book "The Transformation Principle," Author Joe Bailey, talk about the importance of caregivers being in their own state of optimal mental health. For caregivers and staff, it's imperative to maintain their innate well being, as an example of their resilience showing up in the daily situations that may seem challenging and trigger old programming. As Joe explains, "when the counselors are in their health, they are far more effective with the guests."
We operate under the philosophy that you can't teach what you don't know.
As Barnett puts it: guests at a treatment facility can sense when the staff is genuinely sincere, and when they're not. Individuals who come to treatment listen from the heart, more than their ears. It's vital that we are in our health and living through that health in our own lives.
The need for health isn't just critical for counselors and therapists, but the hospitality crew, spa, and administrative staff, as well as the cleaning and maintenance crew. Everyone operating under this understanding has the following advantages, to name a few:
- We get to teach our guests by example.
- We get to enjoy better team morale.
- We experience almost no employee burnout, which is one of the number one problems in the treatment field.
We attract people back to the feeling of how real mental health is experienced.
The main thing that makes Gulf Breeze Recovery so radically different from other treatment centers is the sense of excitement our guests feel actually to be in treatment. Let's face it, "excited," and "enthusiastic" are not words that usually describe the attitude of people in treatment facilities. When our guests start to get excited about how they feel, they start to participate in their own recovery process.
Our guests report feeling better the moment they arrive or enter detox, often very sick.
That's because the healing energy created when everybody is practicing resilience is experienced coming into contact with any of our staff. There's an effortless quality enjoyed by people when they're in their health. They are naturally happy, even when what is being experienced may be an adverse situation. Watching our caregivers exemplify these attributes are often the first encounter with their spark of hope, happiness, and wellbeing.
Be prepared for a change, because Gulf Breeze Recovery is different.
The great thing about this new direction in addiction and alcohol treatment is that lasts, "it's portable," as Barnett often says. We change the nature of thought into a powerful force for personal transformation. Once this understanding of mind, thought, and consciousness become a new method for experiencing life from the inside out, it changes everything. Our guests experience greater clarity and peace, which creates a space for joy, even when life's challenging, allowing them to pass through situations without relapse.
About Gulf Breeze Recovery:
Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.
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