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Locals Share the Road to Recovery

The faces of addiction may inspire you.

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Rerouting the derailed

Nancy Kneeland could have easily gone to work in her family’s Ketchum namesake art gallery. Instead, after addressing her own addiction issues, she earned her master’s in counseling therapy. She recently opened The Diamonte Wellness Group, an outpatient treatment facility in Hailey.

“We’ll cover the basic nuts and bolts of what addiction is and how to arrest it,” explains her partner, Tyler Lohrke, who, like Kneeland, is 21 years sober and holds a master’s in counseling therapy. “We’re treating both the disease and the root cause.

“When people are born, they have a sense of wonder about life,” continues Lohrke. “They don’t need alcohol and drugs. As people get to their teen years and life pushes down on them, some start reaching out for more heightened experience. They’ve gotten used to life. It doesn’t hold the wonder it once did. They originally used drugs or alcohol to have fun and then to cope with the stresses of life to decompress. At the end of the day, some become dependent on it.”

The way out of dependency begins during a motivational interview with Kneeland or Lohrke when they recommend the best course of treatment. Some will need to detox for 30-45 days first at an inpatient treatment center like the Walker Center in Gooding before working in outpatient.

Treatment here involves different types of learning/support groups. Some are gender specific because “each gender has its own set of issues,” says Kneeland. There is a family skills group teaching positive relationships as well as an anger management group and a group teaching everyday skills like stress management. Individual meetings with Kneeland and Lohrke are an added bonus.

Each client has an individually designed program as to how many and which meetings to attend during an eight-month period, with recommendations of 12-step-type meetings continuing after treatment. The cost of treatment here is determined on a sliding fee scale based on the client’s hourly wage.

The first step is “to stop the addictive behavior,” notes Lohrke, and then we “go into the deeper issues” that change an individual’s perception of themselves. Clients examine their perception of the world in order to see irrational belief systems that have developed. “It’s really all about awareness,” continues Lohrke, to break the habitual cycles of the past.

“The treatment center,” says Kneeland, is “a window of opportunity, not just to get the alcohol out but to realize that there is another way of life”—a way to rediscover wonder in everyday life again without drugs or alcohol. >>>

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