Treatment Center Setting
Oasis Recovery Philosophy
Oasis Recovery was created out of a vision of hope, and a desire to provide a safe and compassionate space for addicts and alcoholics to recover. It was inspired from personal experience with the damage and destruction of addiction, and the evolution of healing that came out of that experience.
The idea, of this safe haven, evolved into a full program based on mindfulness and individualized treatment, along with a full spectrum of other beneficial components. As this idea and vision grew, so did the connections with skilled, leading edge collaborators who believed in this vision of a new heart-centered integrated model of treatment.
With a group of experienced contributors, dedicated to the community that has emerged out of Oasis’s program of recovery, the vision has become a real manifested oasis of heartfelt connection, inspired healing, and successful recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Meet the Staff
Vern Eleazer - M.S., LCAS, CCS
As the director of an area Substance Use Disorder program Vernetta Eleazer knows what it takes to create a safe space for people to do their healing work. She is passionate about the effectiveness of Experiential Therapy, and has witnessed clients accessing their under lying issues with the aid of creative approaches. Vernetta received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Carolina University, and she also holds a MA in History and a BA in Theatre Arts. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and uses ACT to help clients decrease their suffering and move in the direction of their values. She believes in the power and influence of the group process and its ability to propel clients into committed action through the solace of connection. Vernetta is also a HeathRhythms drumming facilitator and enjoys empowering clients to express themselves through rhythm.
Renee Minx, MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-A
Received her Masters of Social Work degree with a substance use specialty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education with a concentration in English from UNC-Greensboro in 2015 and holds a teacher licensure in the state of North Carolina. She founded a project in 2015 called Bears Share Care which raised awareness of interpersonal violence through social media and sent resources to survivors of abuse all around the world. In 2016, she worked as a therapy assistant at a substance use treatment center, Fellowship Hall, for two years. Renee spoke at a TEDx Guilford event in November 2016 on Stopping the Cycle of Abuse. She worked as a clinical social worker at Wake Baptist Hospital with an integrated healthcare treatment team in 2017 and as a clinical social worker at a substance use treatment center, Caring Services, in 2018. She is currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Associate and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Associate. Renee is also a person in long-term recovery who values mindfulness, adventure, compassion, nature and human connection.
Jonathan is a natural born leader with a wide range of experience in diverse avenues of collaboration, from real estate development projects to wireless internet infrastructure design. He has a passion for inspired action, which has propelled him into community outreach and networking. At a time when he was face to face with the destruction of addiction, both through firsthand experience, and in facing the death of a friend, he embarked on a new venture: to build a safe, supportive space for addicts to truly recover. Through lots of planning and logistics, and many synergistic connections, all the cooperative components of this heart-felt endeavor have come together to build an uplifting environment for recovery. Jon is ever-ready to lend a supportive role in any day-to-day operations of the center, and in assisting clients throughout their stay.
Sam brings a plethora of creative energy to the Oasis family. She studied film and communications at East Tennessee State University and moved to the Asheville area in 2012. Feeling somewhat native to the area she has a huge connection to the local community and is super helpful to speak on the available resources that Western North Carolina has to offer. Her background is focused strongly on film, culinary, art, design, and marketing. Sam is in recovery herself and understands first hand how delicate and impactive rehabilitation is. She creatively thinks outside of the box to offer the most sustainable and effective benefit to your experience at Oasis. Assisting in adventure therapy with videography, planning staff and client get togethers, outreach to the local community, and volunteering in non-profit organizations needless to say, she stays busy. She typically has two pups trailing behind her at all times; a pug named Oatmeal and a mountain cur named Bowie they are her wingmen and an asset to her creative flow. Chances are upon your arrival at Oasis you will be greeted with a friendly smile and tons of support from Sam.
Working in recovery is what she is most passionate about these days and with each day is eager to learn more. Sam has been described as charismatic, clairvoyant, compassionate, and insightful.
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