Taking the 12 steps and addiction treatment to the next level

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Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) and The Cove Center for Recovery are premiere residential drug rehab with specialists geared to helping those struggling with substance abuse, mental and behavioral issues. As one of the nation’s leading treatment centers our therapy program has taken full advantage of the 12 Steps that have become the standard in recovery. As experts in addiction we have made it our goal to treat drug addiction using an array of therapy options in combination with the 12 step program. This is one of the fundamental pieces that sets us apart from other residential treatment programs and is my core belief on how to treat addiction.

“The standard methods (12 Steps) are great fundamentals for treating addiction but we have found that personalizing each patient’s treatment plan with alternative forms of therapy have aided in not only their addiction treatment but also the mental portion of our dual diagnosis program.” – Karen Corcoran-Walsh.

Alternative therapies in addiction

Both the Inspirations and The Cove have been using alternative forms of therapy in each patient’s cust6om treatment plan and have provided great results. These other forms of therapy serve to help our clients to properly express themselves and allows our staff to easily understand the causes of addiction and analyze the changes, strides or setbacks they are dealing with.

Art Therapy

The purpose of our Art Therapy is to help our client’s both teens and adults alike to express concepts that they may not be able to articulate. Through drawing, painting, collage construction, or sculpting clients can then help bridge artistic expression into verbal expression.

Art allows clients to express even the hardest emotions or experiences they feel. Our art therapy helps our primary therapists to understand the feelings and perceptions of our clients. Looking at the artwork and talking about what it means also helps clients to find a way to communicate what may be hard to say in words.

Music Therapy

Music is used as a form of therapy to help clients suffering with drug and alcohol addiction to express themselves in a more productive and healthy manner. These skills acquired through music therapy are coping tools our clients can use when they need an outlet to express themselves and to release stress.

Our addiction programs encourage music to also be used for meditation and relaxation. During meditation the proper music can help the mind to unwind, relax and even help with focusing. We use music during both light and deep meditation to enhance the experience and overall meditation.

What is Color Therapy?

Inspirations and The Cove plans to incorporate another alternative therapy called Color Therapy into our treatment program. Color therapy helps to identify the colors associated with our moods and emotions. Identifying colors are also a part of how our therapists can identify triggers that may lead to relapse.

Colors play a vital part of our mood and serves as a reflection of how we are feeling. We subconsciously gravitate towards certain colors when we are experiencing a specific type of emotion. Color therapy is allows our therapists to learn and understand what colors are associated with each client, their moods and most importantly their addiction patterns.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.