Addiction Education

Nobel Prize winner Kofi Annan said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.” At Tree House, we take this sentiment to heart and sincerely believe that understanding your addiction is a crucial piece of overcoming it. When you learn about how addiction works, you can, in turn, learn to recognize it and respond to it in healthy and productive ways. Addiction Education gives you the confidence to stay in control, and the power to set yourself free.

Addiction Education is one of the few classroom-based components of our curriculum, consisting of a hybrid of lessons and interactive process groups. It is here that clients are introduced to a new set of core principles integral to their treatment. Addiction Education provides an educational overview of the physiological impact of chemical dependency, and also equips clients with an understanding of how certain factors of their personal history might have predisposed them to an addictive state. These sessions are intended to lead clients to a place where they can make informed decisions about their care and about the ways in which they manage their addiction for life.

Addiction Education

Overcoming addiction is a daunting aim, but the better clients understand the nature of chemical dependency, the better equipped they are to conquer it. Addiction Education is the one of the few classroom-based component of our curriculum, consisting of a hybrid of lessons and interactive process groups. It is here that clients are introduced to a new set of core principles integral to their treatment.

Why Addiction Education?

Addiction is a chronic concern — it does not have a simple or one-time cure, but rather must be monitored and kept in check for life. This may sound like a daunting task, but with just a few key tools it’s possible and achievable for anyone. One of these tools is a thorough understanding of what addiction is, how it works and why it works the way it does. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to see the ways in which addiction can be defeated and implement these tactics in your everyday life.

But everyone’s toolbox will be somewhat different. Depending on factors like your lifestyle, interests, hobbies, talents and strengths, you will gravitate toward certain activities, techniques or therapies that make sense for you. Our Addiction Education curriculum guides participants as they begin to build their own unique arsenal of strategies and skills — we help each person learn where their addiction stems from, how signs of cravings or relapse appear in their life and what they can do to combat future concerns. These efforts enable participants not just to overcome destructive habits, but to take the lead in developing positive patterns on a cognitive level and mindfully rebuild healthy and powerful neural pathways.

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Our Addiction Education Curriculum

We provide our Addiction Education sessions in a comfortable classroom-like setting. We want participants to feel encouraged and welcomed as part of a group of individuals who are ready to learn with open minds. There is no pressure to have the right answers, no worry of failure and no judgment about what you do or don’t already know. Instead, these sessions are an opportunity for you to learn about the disease of addiction alongside others who are seeking healing through knowledge. 

Our sessions are led by addiction experts who have an in-depth understanding of the physical and psychological effects that substance abuse can have. Your teachers will be clinical and medical professionals who are highly qualified and keep up-to-date on the newest addiction research. They are also trained to help you work through more personal issues that may arise during these group sessions, since learning about addiction often leads to realizations about how it has manifested in your own life.  

Some of the information we will discuss in our Addiction Education sessions include: 

  • The science behind substance abuse and addiction
  • The effects that substance abuse has on mental and physical health
  • The history of addiction treatment
  • Signs and symptoms of addiction, withdrawal and relapse
  • How certain experiences or events can shape addiction and mental health
  • Ways in which you can effectively manage addiction outside of rehabilitation treatment

Our sessions are flexible and include significant exchange between the instructor and group participants. Addiction Education is not meant to be a cookie-cutter lecture class, but rather provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages discussion, reflection and new perspectives. Everything you learn will be relevant to your healing and will be practical information that you can use for the rest of your life. 

Contact Tree House Recovery

Tree House Recovery is a men’s addiction recovery center in Portland, Oregon, serving clients from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We firmly believe in a holistic and personalized approach that focuses on each individual’s experiences and needs — here, you will find compassion and a sense of community that can lead you to your own path of healing and recovery. If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse and is ready to seek treatment, we want to hear from you. We can help you find out if our programs are the right fit, and to connect you with the resources you need to find long-lasting recovery. Contact us today at 855-969-5181 to learn more.

With our Addiction Education program, we can help you achieve:

● Identification of unhealthy behaviors
● Interpersonal development
● Awareness of involuntary behaviors
● Implementation of healthy behavior



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Here at Tree House Recovery, we have learned that there is a very particular “recipe” for an effective, impactful and successful Chemical Dependency Counselor. Some truly essential ingredients include…

Our Eight Holistic Modalities

Addiction Education
Process Group
1-on-1 Therapy
Writing Therapy
ESM Fitness Therapy
ABI Therapy
EP Yoga Therapy
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