Organic Recovery: Step by Step Transformation
There is a natural misstep to embody an addiction, and a step by step journey to a vibrant life path. This track will present the steps of the Addictive Spiral and the contrasting process of the Moving Cycle, described by Christine Caldwell in her book, Getting our Bodies Back: Recovery, Healing, and Transformation through Body-Centered Psychotherapy. The expanded level of consciousness from sensing and knowing this approach invites a spiritual awakening.
When we witness ourselves or others performing habitual behaviors under stress, we see the roots of addiction, the place where we abandoned our bodies. Breathing into the habit, we gain access to the emotional stronghold. Those feelings trigger our addictions-whether to nail biting, toe tapping, anxiety, depression, aggression, a personality disorder, or the abuse of alcohol, food, or drugs. Backtracking, we find the events that were too painful or pleasurable to embody. Awareness is the first step; to re-sensitize, and find courage to feel the feelings. This body-centered perspective provides the route to embrace and release any and all emotions.
Next, we will explore the familiar footprints of control, our first addiction. Control is obvious in denial, defenses, sensory deprivation, deceit, and destruction. The drama of control is exhausting and maddening. Owning the truth empowers boundary setting. The honest road is 100 % responsibility. We will share examples of how to define unmet needs, assist others to overcome codependency, and humbly admit control tactics using a simple, practical tool.
We will conclude with an adventure into how addictions are prolonged, relapsed back into, exchanged for harm reduction or life-threatening habits, or fully healed. Critical judgment rules the road when we reject of our real self and lose touch with reality. Self-hatred takes the driver’s seat on a highway of black and white thinking. The turning point is acceptance, replacing shame with nonjudgmental love. A new territory emerges. Commitment brings us home, to relationship with ourselves and others. Sustaining and communicating love resurfaces our walk down a new street. In action we express our abilities, enjoy aliveness, and energize purpose.
The hope is that within this track of experience, you will discover unknown lands and meet your needs for revival. As you do, you will gain a structure to educate others to identify their location on the road of recovery, and guideposts to show them how to move toward their next step.
FACULTY: Wendi Martell-Daniels, LCSW, SAC
Therapist/Counselor, Visions Counseling
BIOGRAPHY: Wendi Martell-Daniels has gained a wealth of knowledge and "know how" from her diverse personal journey of recovery and nearly 20 years of professional experience. Through her Master's degree in social work and addictions counseling, she has worked in Employee Assistance, inpatient and outpatient mental health and AODA treatment, at a technical college prevention program, and even in a round pen facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy. Her primary treatment approach is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has a certification in Trauma Counseling, and the recipe for a Forgiveness process. From overcoming an eating disorder, Wendi learned and shares principles of nutrition and sleep. Valuing exercise led to an interest in Nia as movement therapy. Wendi earned a Nia Brown Belt and discovered Body-centered Psychotherapy. In 2000, Wendi incorporated a nonprofit, Visions Counseling. In 2015, adding Visions Counseling II, LLC signified the success of her solo practice. Wendi has refined and developed tools that assist her clients to make often astonishing changes, even from personality disorders. Her vision is to build a center on her Wisconsin farm to train other professionals in these methods within a Christ-centered Biblical foundation.