“I think that a predisposition to substance abuse mean’s that you’re smart, capable, and have the ability to achieve great things.”
Treehouse started over 10 years ago in Costa Mesa, California when Justin had his own issues with addiction.
Tree House Recovery was born.
“Tree House became this idea of a sort of vision and safe haven that you have as a kid. You’re safe, home, and have a supportive and social atmosphere.”
“I started to notice that there was a serious flaw in how we were treating substance abuse in general.”
Centered in the mecca of treatment facilities, Justin saw the need for an unorthodox treatment approach and decided to expand and grow what was working for his residents – tight bonds, community, and wellness.
Navy SEAL Team 3
- The men break into two teams
- Carry IBS boats (300 lbs) on top of their heads
- Race to the edge of the water and get into the boat
- Row as a team to the endpoint
- Jump into the water
- Flip the boat and get back in
- Row back to shore
- Carry the boats to the finish line back on the beach
The Prefrontal Cortex
The Prefrontal Cortex is a highly developed part of the brain that plays a role in the regulation of complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. During addiction, that part of the brain goes dormant and impulsive behavior can become second nature. One of the objectives in ABIT is to make that part of the brain stronger. Since implementing the program, surveys have shown that Tree House clients’ Prefrontal Cortex functionality has increased ten-fold.
McMillen describes: “By engaging in these teamwork exercises, these guys are honing their skills of social interaction which makes them higher level connectors. When they leave treatment they have a super tight bond and crave social interaction; a perfect thing to keep them from isolating – which can lead back to active addiction.”
During the exercises, the maladaptive behaviors that are learned in addiction unveil themselves. ABIT is an extraordinary window to see what is going on with the clients in terms of a social level.
Striving For Excellence
“We’re not looking for normal. We’re looking for excellence. We looking for people to be striving to be the best they can be. Our guys are leaving, going to school, working out, and doing these amazing things. They have to fail at 20 things before they get to the point where they are going to go drink. People that are predisposed to addiction thrive if you let them be awesome. But they have to be given a platform to do it and need to understand themselves well enough. For us, treatment is no longer a revolving door.”
Treehouse Recovery is a game changer in today’s treatment world. They are currently orchestrating the expansion of evidence based treatment across the United States to change the stigma associated with addiction treatment. THR is closely working with a grant and members of the facility have traveled to Washington D.C. to implement efforts combating the opiate epidemic. As treatment modalities have been duplicated for years across the world, Tree House Recovery is truly ahead of the game, paving their own way.