Treetop Women's Recovery House Philosophy
Treetop Women's Recovery House is an intimate environment in which women struggling with addiction can receive comprehensive, holistic treatments in a peaceful, residential setting that prioritizes compassionate care. Spirituality and self-examination are emphasized as fundamental tools for fostering personal growth and lasting recovery. Meditation, yoga, 12-Step work, prayer, and contemplation are just a few of the tools utilized to guide clients into attaining self-awareness and achieving their recovery goals.
Areas of Specialization
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.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Meet the Staff
Peter Wohl, MA, LADC, CCS
Recovery House Director
My personal path of recovery has included such things as three decades of martial arts practice, several episodes of psychotherapy and participation in 12-step programs. It also included a lengthy period of spiritual searching, which culminated with my beginning Buddhist meditation practice in the early 1980s. Finding deep rewards in Zen Buddhism, I have continued practice to the present day. Zen has become one of the major foci of my life, and I am now a senior priest and teacher. While living in Arizona for several years, I also studied and practiced Native American spirituality with two teachers and participated in numerous spiritual ceremonies. That too has been an important influence, particularly on my close affinity with the natural world.
I have a degree in Holistic Health and have a strong interest in complementary means of healing. I trained in myotherapy, structural integration and rolfing at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. In addition to my current duties at Treetop, I maintain a private bodywork practice, Dragonfly Structural Integration in Augusta, ME. I am also very glad to be able to offer the women at Treetop the structural integration work as part of the healing process during their stay here. I am inspired by seeing the courageous work done by the women in the Treetop program. Treetop’s utilization of the Matrix of Connectedness model, addressing every level of the women’s being, is consistent with my health and bodywork training, as well as mirroring my own healing process, which has included experiences at every level from physical through spiritual. I feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful house.
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ABOUT TREETOP WOMEN’S RECOVERY HOUSE
Located in the small, rural town of Oakland, Maine, Treetop Women’s Recovery House provides holistic, long-term residential treatment and extended care for women. Residents must have undergone detox and a month-long period of stable abstinence before admittance (28 days of inpatient treatment is recommended). Treetop believes that treatment cannot be rushed; duration of stay ranges from three to 12 months.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center’s treatment approach utilizes the Matrix of Connectedness Model and ecopsychology, which, according to the facility’s website, is consistent with feminist relational philosophy and ideal for treating trauma and addiction.
The Matrix of Connectedness Model addresses six elements of connectedness: physical, interpersonal, communal, psychological, ecological, and spiritual. In order to become more connected with themselves, the environment, and their community, clients engage in chores such as gardening, carrying wood, shoveling snow, and mowing lawns.
Residents are also required to spend 20 hours a week at a job or volunteer placement, or in school. In the evenings and on weekends, women participate in a variety of holistic activities including yoga, meditation, Native American drumming, and outdoor eco-spiritual exercises.
The director of the facility is a master’s level Buddhist priest and teacher who is also a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. The assistant director holds a degree in holistic health.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center’s living arrangements emphasize connection and community. Women share chores and the responsibility of maintaining the facility and grounds. Few details regarding accommodations are available, but the center’s website features a photo of a small log cabin located on a wooded lot.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has only received one alumni review. This reviewer, K.I., gave Treetop an overall rating of one out of five stars. “I would love to say that treetop was a wonderful and healing experience, but it was theasy opposite. Save yourself the trouble and money and avoid treetop at all costs,” she wrote.
There is limited information available regarding this facility’s costs. Treetop does note, however, that women are expected to contribute a portion of their earnings from external employment to cover the cost of the program.
Updated August 2016
Published on September 2016
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