Joining Choices Recovery at the EcoLuxe Lounge in Park City, Utah, Native American actor Jeremiah Bitsui talks about addiction and treatment in our modern times.

One of the more common misconceptions about recovery from addiction is that there is one set way to do it. When people talk about rehabilitation, many have this idea that a 12-Step program, like AA or NA, is the only sort of effective program available. But this simply isn’t true and for a very good reason.

Just as every person is a unique individual, and everybody’s path through life has been different, every person who struggles with substance abuse will have different needs in a treatment program. The diversity that we celebrate in our society doesn’t end with addiction, and there is no reason to think that one set method of recovery will be equally effective for every person. That just is not possible.

Of course, AA and NA are very powerful recovery programs and have worked for many, many people over the years. But, for some, it just doesn’t quite work. This is not a failure on the part of the individual, or on the part of AA. It’s a simple case of incompatibility. That shouldn’t cause a person to lose hope because there are plenty of recovery methods available.

Unfortunately, far too many people have no idea that there are other methods available. At Choices Recovery, we seek to change that misconception and inform people about the options they have when it comes to finding an effective treatment program that will suit their individual needs.

This mission to raise awareness brought us to Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as we sponsored The EcoLuxe Lounge, a premier red-carpet event held inside the Blue Iguana in the Downtown area. The EcoLuxe Lounge makes appearances at many different awards ceremonies and festivals throughout the year, showcasing some of the world’s leading innovators in holistic and ecologically sound merchandise and services gathered by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the industry-leading producer of sustainable product placement in film and television.

The special guest host in the Choices Recovery Media Center was our good friend Gretchen Rossi, known for her role on the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Gretchen spent her day chatting with dozens of actors, musicians, producers, and entertainment industry professionals, including Jeremiah Bitsui, a Native American actor who is probably most recognizable from his role as Victor in the hit TV drama “Breaking Bad.”

Jeremiah is no stranger to raising awareness for a cause. He was actually wearing a hat with the logo of Seeing Red, an organization devoted to promoting Native Americans in the arts, from acting to music to poetry and everything in between. Traditional Native American culture and influence is being kept alive in our modern society through organizations like Seeing Red, but also in places like our rehabilitation center as well.

Among the many program options that we offer at Choices Recovery are our Spiritual Tracks. For many of our patients, finding or reconnecting with a sense of spirituality is one of the most important parts of their recovery process. Yet, there are many different religions and belief systems in the world, and we would never ask anybody to adhere to any beliefs that they’re not comfortable with. We view spirituality as an understanding of the connection we have with each other and with the world around us. From Christian Faith-Based to Cognitive Behavioral, we have something for everyone – including an Indigenous 12-Step program.

Jeremiah spoke about the struggles of the Native American community when it comes to addiction. “We have high addiction rates,” he said. “There’s not a lot of recovery or services available. Struggling with the addiction is one thing, but not having resources, it’s a tough thing.”  The need for raising awareness, especially for those who’ve had little success with more conventional recovery methods, is vital. If people don’t know that there alternative rehabilitation strategies available to them, like the ones we offer at Choices, there is less of a chance that they will reach out for the help that they need.

At Choices Recovery, we offer a dynamic program that can be shaped to fit the needs of any individual. Rather than a one-track “cookie-cutter” treatment, our patients can explore several different options to see what will actually work for them. We do have traditional 12-Step program options available, but we also offer effective alternatives for our patients to explore with guidance from their counselor and case manager, allowing them to discover their own path to recovery from addiction.

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