G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Program Chronic Relapse and Dual Diagnosis Specialists
G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Program is located in North Miami Beach, Florida. Surrounded by the warmth of the sun and lush tropical breezes clients come to escape from the clutches of the disease of addiction and to begin the process known as RECOVERY. We have learned from our many years of experience treating addiction that the best way to ensure a successful treatment outcome is to remove the person from the people, places and things associated with their addiction. This reduces distractions and gives the individual an opportunity to fully engage in treatment and to learn the coping skills necessary to stay clean and sober when they return to their home environment. Our clients come from all over the country and world seeking a program to give them the solid foundation on which to recover, to begin a life free from mood altering substances and the ability to deal with life on life's terms.
Holistic Living Environment
Our Center's model is a network of guesthouses and our treatment offices. The comfortable and casual setting reduces the 'institutional' feeling, provides clients an abundance of personal attention and enables us to have the flexibility to tailor the program to individual needs.
Each home is set up as a therapeutic laboratory where clients learn to live and deal with life on life's terms. Nutritionally balanced meals are prepared at the living quarters three times a day, by our on-site chef.
It is our sincere desire to motivate our clients to choose a more healthy way of life and to help themselves to get the life they really want. We take a Holistic approach to addiction treatment, BODY-MIND-SPIRIT. This three-fold approach encompasses the clients' physiological, psycho-emotional and spiritual needs. We are a client-centered program based on respect and compassion. Although addiction has common characteristics and behavior patterns associated with it, we treat each client as unique. Each therapeutic issue is addressed individually. We utilize a wide range of therapeutic interventions in order to help each client achieve their specific goals. In addition to traditional group and individual therapy, these interventions may include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) for Post Traumatic Stress and Compulsive Disorders, Hypnosis, Neuro- Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (D.B.T.), and Motivational Interviewing.
We specialize in treating those who suffer from chronic relapse with drugs and alcohol and/or who are dually diagnosed. By this we mean those persons who cannot seem to stay clean & sober long enough to really get help. These lost souls generally speaking have a co-existing psychiatric disorder such as Bi-Polar, Anxiety or Panic Disorders, and Depression, which if left untreated decrease their ability to cope with the realities of everyday life and increase the likelihood that they will find comfort in the euphoric effects produced by drugs and alcohol. Our program focuses on long-term solutions. We recognize the importance of treating the whole person and we do not believe in "institutionalizing" our clients. They live in a supervised real world environment, and learn to cope with everyday realities, which we feel is a major contributing factor to their long-term success.
About Our Founders
The owners and founders of the program are John Giordano and Jerry Goldfarb. Both founders are recovering addicts with over 22 years of recovery time each from drugs/alcohol. They have a wealth of experience working in the field of addiction. These men are progressive, open-minded, forward thinkers who were far ahead of their time in terms of Holistic Treatment for addiction. This program design has developed from their insights and experiences and continues to change and grow as new therapies and scientific facts come to light.
What Makes our Program Unique
The disease model of addiction implies that there is something wrong with a person that cannot be healed. For example, research has shown that there are alcoholic biochemistries that make some people predisposed to addiction. Rather than a "disease", we view addiction as a 'dis-ease' which causes an imbalance and disharmony in the life of a human being. Furthermore we believe that the symptoms are physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual conditions, which can be treated and/or managed, and their impact dramatically reduced. While we acknowledge that there may be predispositions to addiction, we focus more on identifying and treating the specific areas of dis-ease and work toward helping the client restore balance both inside and out. We do this using the most progressive 21st century modalities available. In addition, our professional staff has the training and experience to profoundly address any emotional issues, childhood traumas and other significant personal and interpersonal problems, which may come up in the course of treatment and which have an impact on the person's addictive behavior and quality of life.
Our goal is to help clients build self-esteem and self-confidence and to give them the tools to deal with life on life's terms. With a sense of empowerment and self-worth, our clients' are in a better frame of mind to say "no" to unhealthy, addictive behaviors and to say "yes" to the healthy choices that make life worth living.
We have a continuum of care in a variety of housing units. Some units are designated for PHP/IOP/RES depending upon the level of care and supervision requirements.
Our Clients receive over 40 hours of group therapy and individual therapy per week. Our clients also receive a full history & physical and psychiatric evaluation with weekly follow-ups and medication management as needed. Our therapeutic approach is eclectic. Some of the modalities we use are Gestalt, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (D.B.T.), Neuro Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.), Motivational Interviewing, Transformational Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, all with a humanistic approach.
Hair Elements Analysis
We are one of the only programs in the world that does a full bio-chemical profile of each client's body mineral and vitamin deficiencies and/or excesses and also a heavy metal profile. This allows us to create a customized supplementation protocol for each individual and rebalance their brain chemistry which significantly increases their sense of well being and chances for long term success.
All clients receive a nutritional assessment by a licensed nutritionist and may choose to develop meal plans to suit their individual needs for weight-loss, gain or maintenance. While in our care, clients are offered only fresh, healthy and nutritionally balanced meals and are encouraged to take our proprietary vitamin and nutritional supplements daily in order to restore the proper chemical balances in the brain and body. Special dietary needs such as vegetarian and Kosher can be accommodated.
To further restore balance within the body, clients are offered Auricular acupuncture five days per week and are transported to the spa on Saturdays to cleanse and detoxify the body on a cellular level and encourage 'sober fun'. Massages and colonics for relaxation and detoxification are also available to our clients at an additional cost. Our clients participate in a comprehensive fitness program. They are transported to the Olympia Gym, a state of the art fitness facility, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and to a Yoga studio & Karate Dojo on Saturdays and Sundays. The clients also have the opportunity to participate in a team building, self-esteem building, and confidence building Ropes Course, which is offered every thirty days.
Our clients come from many walks of life and many faiths, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Atheists and Agnostics. All are supported and respected here. Our clients attend a 'Morning Spiritual' which is non-denominational and which focuses on mindfulness and daily goal setting (simple attainable goals). The clients are also transported daily to outside AA/NA meetings unless strongly opposed. In addition to these daily meetings, clients may also choose to attend weekly Spiritual/Religious services while in treatment. We make every effort to accommodate these requests for spiritual enrichment.
The Nirvana Spa
Every Saturday all of our clients spend the day at the spa, which is located right on the beach. Through the use of their steams, saunas, and whirlpools, toxins are reduced and the body is cleansed. Being on the beach and in the sun helps increase serotonin levels in the body. It is possible to learn how to feel good without the use of drugs or alcohol. Learning this and other new coping skills are essential for long-term recovery.
Aftercare for Life
Lifetime aftercare is provided at no extra charge at G&G Holistic. Our staff is always available to help Clients who remain locally after completion of residential care and a once a week aftercare therapy group meets on campus every Wednesday night. Some clients choose to remain at our sober living environment and attend aftercare as part of their continuing care plan. Clients returning to their home area can call in free of charge once a week to talk with our aftercare clinical staff and will have appointments scheduled with a relapse prevention therapist in their area prior to their discharge.
G&G Holistic pays for the first four of these therapy sessions. Additionally, clients returning home will be connected with 'Bridging The Gap' for continued 12-step support.
There is relatively new evidence that strongly suggests the profound role that heredity plays in alcoholism and drug addiction, challenging what was once thought and accepted. As well, there are also many indications that addiction is also a biochemical disorder.
Traditional therapies and recovery programs don’t necessarily address the biological and genetic aspects of addiction. The physically- and mood-related symptoms that are brought about by the chemical disruption in the brain from substance abuse, such as cravings, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability, require specific treatment.