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Motivation Stage

Immersion Phase 2 Motivation

What is addressed?

  • Fully understanding one’s condition as an addict or alcoholic
  • Learning tools for regulating emotions
  • Changing negative thought patterns
  • Breaking destructive cycles of behavior
  • Beginning to heal past traumas

How long is the Motivation Stage?

A client’s duration in this phase is based on what is deemed clinically appropriate by professional staff. Typically it is 28-60 days.



  • Find hope for recovery
  • Recognize negative patterns of behavior & thoughts
  • Learn tools to transform our behaviors & thoughts
  • Build a sense of community with other clients
  • Begin healing past emotional wounds

What Services?

Motivation Stage Summarized

The motivation stage is all about self-awareness and healing. Clients understand fully what addiction is and why recovery is vital. They admit that without help, they are overpowered by their addiction and doomed to repeat it if they don’t utilize the recovery tools they will learn. As they are exposed more and more to recovery, and other recovering individuals, they begin to believe that there is hope — that their life can improve.

Clients  begin examining what might be blocking them from the life they desire. They start to identify negative thought patterns, destructive cycles of behaviors and false beliefs that are holding them back from experiencing the joys of recovery. Clients start to see their own defects of character and acknowledge where they’ve played a part in their past troubles. They see how change is possible if they follow the recovery path. Many of our clients have been to treatment or attempted recovery before. For those clients, this stage works to identify the reasons the client previously failed to maintain long-term sobriety and identifies potential pitfalls.

Our clients also start the process of re-establishing healthy relationships with loved ones and the outside world. They participate in family therapy and begin to build sober support networks. They are given increasing exposure to local peer-support communities (AA, NA, Smart Recovery). Clients begin daily implementation of long-term recovery practices such as prayer, meditation, daily inventory and mindfulness exercises.


The second stage of the Guardian Path is all about motivation and healing. The second stage progresses individuals through residential inpatient and partial hospitalization, which both utilize comprehensive therapy and holistic practices to advance each individual’s recovery process.

1) Residential Inpatient

While in residential inpatient treatment, each client undergoes intensive individual, group and family therapy, begins healing past traumas and partakes in a variety of recovery-related group activities and workshops. Clients are fully immersed in recovery during this stage of the treatment process, and they focus intently on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. They do not have to worry about the stressors of day-to-day life — they stay immersed in the therapeutic environment.

The services we provide as part of our residential inpatient programs include:

  • Individual therapy that takes place at least once a week, and group therapy that takes place on a daily basis
  • Family therapy whenever possible, as well as family workshops and other family-oriented services
  • Homestyle retreat facilities equipped with amenities geared towards client comfort, including private and semi-private bedrooms, well-appointed common areas, on-site meeting rooms and yoga studios, state-of-the-art kitchens and more
  • A variety of holistic treatment practices, including acupuncture, yoga, nutrition therapy and mindfulness meditation
  • Educational classes on topics related to addiction and recovery; for example, classes on the Disease Model of Addiction or relapse prevention
  • Life skills workshops that focus on the skills needed to manage life sober
  • Optional 12-step program involvement, immersion and education
  • A wide array of outdoor and recreational activities geared towards teaching clients how to have fun while living a sober lifestyle

2) Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) is a step down from residential inpatient. However, this stage of clinical care still provides intensive therapeutic intervention on a near-daily basis. In most cases, PHP programs meet for between five and seven days a week for up to eight full hours a day. However, this level of care provides more flexibility than residential inpatient in the sense that clients return to a sober living or private home every evening. At Guardian Recovery our PHP programs are structured much like our residential inpatient treatment programs, but with a stronger emphasis on making the transition from treatment to independent living.

The services provided in our PHP programs include:

Comprehensive Therapy

At Guardian Recovery we believe that intensive therapeutic intervention is an essential part of every single stage of the recovery process. We offer individual, group and family therapy, utilizing a range of proven techniques.

The therapeutic techniques we employ include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a highly effective and commonly employed therapeutic method that focuses on re-framing negative patterns of thinking and behaving.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a type of CBT that focuses on helping clients live in the present moment while developing healthy and functional relationships and communicating more effectively.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – This therapeutic method, which utilizes vibrating handholds and flashing lights to stimulate the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain, is especially beneficial for men and women who have been suffering from deep-seated, unresolved trauma.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) – This method of therapy helps clients gain the motivation they need to stay sober long-term.

Recreational therapy – We offer numerous types of recreational/outdoor therapy depending on the treatment setting. Recreational activities range from hiking the Great White Mountains to kayaking in the warm waters of Southern Florida.

Holistic Therapies – We offer a range of holistic therapies geared towards improving the mind-body connection and facilitating spiritual healing. These include yoga, mindfulness meditation and acupuncture.

Nutrition therapy – At Guardian Recovery we believe that nutrition and addiction recovery are closely linked. We have licensed nutritionists on staff who teach our clients which food choices facilitate healing, while teaching them how to shop for and prepare food for themselves.

Experiential therapy – This therapeutic method classifies hands-on activities, such as psychodrama, art therapy and music therapy. It can be difficult for clients to process uncomfortable emotions or traumatic past events in traditional talk therapy, which is why this method often comes into play.

Holistic Healing

Active addiction does much more than cause physical harm and lead to a range of health-related issues that can be adequately addressed with a combination of long-term sobriety and modern medicine. Men and women who suffer at the hands of addiction often experience mental and emotional turmoil and a major spiritual disconnect. They become unable to self soothe or live in the present moment. Their mind-body connection is severely compromised or completely lost, and they have an extremely difficult time relating to other people or deriving any sense of meaning out of life. Because of the far-reaching implications of active addiction, recovery must do more than focus on a restoration to physical and mental health. The most effective recovery programs also offer holistic healing options. At Guardian Recovery, we offer a range of holistic treatment options as part of our residential inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

Holistic healing practices we utilize:

To learn more about the therapeutic and holistic services we provide, or to learn more about the residential inpatient and partial hospitalization portions of our program, contact us today. Our team of compassionate Treatment Advisors are available 24/7 to help answer all your questions.

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Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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