Can you elaborate on the continuum of care at Immersion?
Phase one is very much geared toward stabilization and is assessment driven. It’s very informative and educational. It’s intent is to build motivation and resolve to change. But you don’t do much changing yet. You might draw certain conclusions and move closer toward surrender, which often times feels like change but it’s often disguised and misunderstood. I always tell clients who are in phase one — and their clinicians — that we don’t want a client to leave educated, we want a client to leave changed. And those are two completely different things. There will be clients that will say to the staff ‘Thank you so much for the information, but I’ve got it from here.’ No, we don’t think you do. You don’t have it at all from here. Because you are actually leaving the same person as you were when you arrived — just the same person who knows a little bit more. But you’re not actually leaving any different. Phase One is like surgery prep. We arrive, we get assessed & diagnosed, a treatment plan is provided, and we need to help a client and their family to commit to that plan regardless of their discomfort.
Phase two is a much more in-depth, clinically demanding, surgical type experience where we begin to uncover certain things like trauma, deep unresolved resentment, core beliefs which prevent sobriety, etc. In phase one you might have become trauma and resentment informed, but in phase two, we begin to uncover the way the trauma and resentment is affecting your relationships. Phase two is much more clinically and spiritually demanding. We can expect more from a client, they have already committed to the process and are far more stable then they were in phase one.
Phase three of course is great because you get to see how you do now that you’ve had surgery. Phase three is like physical therapy. I always tell people don’t go get braces and not wear your retainer. In phase three you take all that you learned in phase one, all that you’ve garnished in phase two, and you put it into practical application in your life. This is when you begin to go to work again, when you begin to go back to your family, when you begin to build relationships in sobriety and repair damage caused in the past, when you get your first boyfriend or girlfriend. When you do all this stuff, you’re gonna see how well your surgery is holding up.
Our treatment is hard. It’s not a summer camp. But it’s liberating.
They don’t call it growing pains for no reason. It’s an eye-opening and spiritually-freeing experience, but it might hurt a little bit. The pain is worth it! Our clients already know pain. So do their families. They already know what it feels like to hurt. What they don’t know is how to convert that pain to a touchstone of real growth. And they probably won’t be able to do that without help. Our program produces real change.
How have you seen Immersion mature?
What we are getting better at every day at Immersion is the sophistication of individualized cases. We don’t need to be a one-trick pony. We’re growing in maturity where we can take the 75-year-old retired attorney, and we can treat that individual as well as his family, and we can also take the 21-year-old, failure-to-launch issue who got into college by the skin of his teeth and failed out.We can provide unique treatment plans for anyone. Being able to use this clinical philosophy and match it to different experiences is amazing. Whether you’re 75-years-old and an attorney, or a 21-year-old kid who can’t make it through his first year of college, we can treat you. Proactively! So I think that’s what really energizes me on a regular basis. It’s a very personal approach.