JAMES RIVER BRIDGE, AB--(Marketwired - August 13, 2014) - The Whole Life Institute announces the opening of an innovative, forward thinking addictions treatment facility, which combines cutting-edge neuroscience with proven nutritional and holistic therapies. The Whole Life Institute is the first of its kind in Canada, situated in beautiful and peaceful Central Alberta, close to the Rocky Mountains and only an hour and a half drive from Calgary.
Thousands of Canadians, in all stages and circumstances of life are impacted by addictive behaviours and now a unique approach to addictions treatment and recovery is available, addressing body, mind and spirit at a world class treatment centre. Whole Life Institute founders Jim Bradshaw and Stacey Grantham, who are both recovered addicts, have assembled a team of highly-experienced addiction and wellness experts to provide a treatment program that heals the 'Whole' person, by addressing four complementary elements, Whole Nutrition, Whole Connection, Whole Guidance and Whole Path.
The Whole Life Institute treatment programs are unique in that they are based on the latest scientific research, focusing on principles of neuroplasticity, nutrition, guidance and spiritual support while building upon a 12 step model. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to be extremely adaptable by recreating new neural pathways responsible for behaviors, habits and responses to life regardless of age. The novel, validated visualization techniques, applied by the experts at The Whole Life Institute, tap into the parasympathetic nervous system to create new neuropathways and allow the brain to adapt and heal itself, becoming stronger than it ever was before.
The role of good nutrition cannot be underestimated in recovery and is a key component of The Whole Life Institute treatment paradigm. Each client's individual nutritional needs and current state of health are assessed and meal plans are developed with the aid of our Neuroscientist and on-site Nutritionist. Whole, healthy foods can heal, nurture and restore a body to optimum physical health and recent research also confirms the positive impact good nutrition has on neurological and mental health.
"Science strongly suggests there is a direct correlation between nutrition and mental health and addiction. The program we created for The Whole Life Institute uses a unique blend of the latest neuroscience research on addiction and evidence-based holistic nutrition protocols," said Neuroscientist/Nutritionist and Whole Nutrition Program creator, Orsha Magyar.
The Whole Guidance component uses a form of psychotherapy which works on identity discovery and development, as well as the introduction of self-resolution techniques so that clients can discover how they can learn to resolve conflict themselves. As explained by Dr. Carolyn Anderson, "Identity development and its link to resilience are emerging themes in clinical practice. Research into current recovery programs has indicated that the majority of treatment programs are not yet incorporating the concept of identity development to assist individuals in the recovery process."
The team at The Whole Life Institute combines their expertise and understanding while providing the tools needed to help clients apply the principles of Whole Nutrition, Whole Connection, Whole Guidance and Whole Path. These principles are complementary to the 12 step model and help individuals develop a deeper understanding of the steps and how to apply them in daily life. A sober life can be realized within the first six weeks of treatment.
To learn more about this unique, cutting edge treatment centre, please call 1 844 419 5433 or visit www.thewholelifeinstitute.com
What Is The Whole Life Institute?
The Whole Life Institute is an innovative new addictions recovery center that is committed to providing a new world class standard for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and behavioral disorders (sex addiction, gambling and eating disorders).
The Whole Life Institute was conceived and built by Jim Bradshaw and Stacey Grantham, who are both recovered addicts. After years of experience in the addictions sector, Stacey and Jim felt that there were key components missing from current treatment methods.
Jim and Stacey wanted to find a way to give those struggling with the disease the information and tools necessary to live a purposeful life, free from their addictions instead of simply removing the acute obstacle of the addiction.
Jim and Stacey began to search out people who were top of their field and had devoted years to research in those fields. These industry professionals were contracted to create the programs that are The Whole Life Institute. Each component was researched, created and tested for its own specifically intended purpose; to fill what was missing in the recovery process.
The end result is a new way to live unlike any addicts have experienced before. The program is layered in 4 modules that complement each other, resulting in a linear process that can be followed and applied in a step by step practice that is easy to implement.
What Makes The Whole Life Institute Program So Different?
The Whole Life Institute program is designed to address your 'Whole' life. The program is broken down into four 'Whole' components: Whole Nutrition, Whole Connection, Whole Guidance and Whole Path.
"Science strongly suggests there is a direct correlation between nutrition and mental health and addiction. The program we created for The Whole Life Institute uses a unique blend of the latest neuroscience research on addiction and evidence-based holistic nutrition protocols." - Orsha Magyar M.Sc., B. Sc., RHN -- Founder and CEO, NeutroTrition.
"The Whole Connection program was customized for The Whole Life Institute and is based on integral concepts of neuroplasticity. The brain is an incredible organ and when guided through the right framework and conditioning, it has the ability to rewire behavioral patterns, habits and responses to life." - Andrea Carter BA Psych, CBI, MSI, Owner & Founder of Inner Awareness and Mindful Visualizations.
"Identity development and its link to resilience are emerging themes in clinical practice. Research into current recovery programs has indicated that the majority of treatment programs are not yet incorporating the concept of identity development to assist individuals in the recovery process." -- Dr. Carolyn Anderson PhD, RSW, MSW, BSW.
Who Are The Whole Life Institute Team Members?
Jim Bradshaw - Operations Manager, Co-Founder
As a co-founder of The Whole Life Institute, Jim has over 20 years' experience as a recovered addict and working directly with addicts and alcoholics in recovery. Jim is an experienced interventionist and leads The Whole Life Intervention Team.
Stacey Grantham - General Manager, Co-Founder
As a co-founder of the Whole Life Institute, Stacey has several years' experience in the field of recovery and addictions, as well as many years in business management. Stacey brings with her a background in holistic nutrition, and as a result has been an integral part in the development of our world-class Whole Nutrition Team.
Dr. Stephanie Mason BSc, MD, FRCP - Registered Psychiatrist
Dr. Mason has practiced psychiatry for over twenty years. Her areas of interest within the field are diverse, and include crisis intervention, mood and anxiety disorders, ADD in adults and children, addiction, and neuropsychiatric syndromes.
Andrea Carter BA Psych, RMT, CBI, BAT, MSI, CBP, AdvCBP - Creator of Whole Connection Program
Andrea is a Certified Award Winning Mastery Coach and holds her degree in Psychology. She has taught thousands of people how to live life fully, release the past, and step into their full potential. She continues to help programs thrive across Canada and has served in the mental health care sector for over 12 years.
Dr. Carolyn Anderson PhD, RSW, MSW, BSW - Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work & Disability Studies
Dr. Anderson has been an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Social Work during the past 16 years. Prior to teaching at the University, Carolyn had a clinical social work practice for 27 years specializing in adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has experience in the area of mental health, addictions, crisis intervention and family and group practice. Carolyn regularly presents her work at National and International Social Work conferences.
Dr. Meaghen Johnston, PhD, RSW, MSW, BA - Assistant Professor, Department of Social work & Disability Studies
Dr. Johnston is currently an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Social Work. Graduating from the University of British Columbia, Meaghen completed a Doctoral study exploring identity, future thinking, and palliative care. In 2012 she was awarded a dissertation award from the Society of Research on Identity Formation and continues to explore how identity intersects with health and well-being. Her clinical experience has focused on development of programs and support groups in the area of health, identity, grief and loss.
Orsha Magyar M.Sc., B. Sc., RHN - Neuroscientist/Nutritionist
With an undergraduate degree in biopsychology, and graduate work in neuroscience, Orsha's research on areas such as anxiety and epilepsy has been published in scientific and medical journals, and presented at international medical conferences. Orsha expanded upon her biomedical background by becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Stacey Deering RHN - Holistic Nutritionist
Stacey has 5 years' experience as a Holistic Nutritionist. She is also a personal trainer and educator. Stacey has a passion for food and the power it has over the mind, body and spirit. She is dedicated to empowering others to achieve health and wellness.
Jennifer Scheible - Team Leader/ Addictions Counsellor
A recovered addict since 1992, Jennifer has worked in the addiction field for over 19 years. Jennifer holds certificates in Addiction Studies and Supportive Counselling Skills and has logged hundreds of hours in classes, conferences, workshops and training.
Al Dhalla - Director of Client Services/ Addictions Counsellor
Al has been working in the field of addictions for the last 4 years as a counselor, with 5 years as a recovered addict himself. His credentials include the Addiction Certification Certificate at Mount Royal University, Adult Intensive Outpatient Program-stress, emotional regulation and trauma Certificate and Counselling Behavioral Therapy Certificate.
Trevor Scheible - Human Resources/Counsellor
A recovered addict since 1996, Trevor is a past counsellor for a treatment center for adolescents and is currently pursuing further education in the field of addictions. Since day one, Trevor has been committed to all levels of service in the 12 step community.
Norine Fullen - Client Activities Coordinator
A certified Life Coach, Norine has twenty five years of researching the body, mind and spirit and how they interact and incorporates five different disciplines of energy healing into the recreational programs at The Whole Life Institute.
How Long Is The Whole Life Program?
A sober life can be realized within the first six weeks of treatment. For those who are unable to attend a six week program we offer a consolidated four week program. We provide the tools and understanding for the clients to rebuild their life and leave treatment with a solid foundation and a strong after care plan.
We also have an extended eight week program and options to stay longer that can be discussed with any of our Whole Life Team members.
Where Is The Whole Life Institute And Where Can I Get More Information?
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a Whole Life team member is available to assist you.
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The Whole Life Institute is a secluded, private, discrete and serene addictions treatment center located in Central Alberta, close to the Rocky Mountains and an hour and a half drive from Calgary.
The building is a modern log cabin structure with a home like setting. It is a beautiful space with nature trails, wildlife and fresh air where our clients can reconnect, get grounded and begin the transformation and healing from their addictions.
This peaceful environment addresses the body, mind, and spiritual connection in a private and confidential setting.
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