Workit Health's Online Addiction Courses: The 6 Core Sections
Boost your body, mind, heart, spirit, and tribe in Workit Health’s online addiction courses.
Wish you could address your addiction without dedicating your time to inpatient rehab or making to in-person sessions every couple days? Online addiction treatment is one way to do just that. Workit Health’s programs all include an online curriculum of courses available 24/7 from the comfort of your home.
The online courses are personalized to your needs, and include information about addiction as well as activities built from evidence-informed treatments for mental health and substance use disorders.
The courses are broken up into six main modules, or sections, each addressing a fundamental aspect of addiction:
1. My Mission
My Mission sets the stage by documenting your path to addiction and your mission for recovery. In addition, we make sure that you walk away with the ability to identify your triggers and cravings, a skill which will be focused in the modules coming ahead.
Body is, as you might expect, a module about the physical side of addiction. Here, you will address your self-care needs and external triggers (such as HALT, Hungry-Angry-Lonely-Tired). We also provide ample information about the neuroscience of addiction.
At Workit, when we say we’re Working Body, we’re focusing on physical self-care, whether that is exercise, drinking enough water each day, scheduling overdue medical care, or checking our HALT.
In Mind we deal more with the risky and unhelpful thought processes that lead to engagement in addiction. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we will explain and practice ways in which you can stop troublesome “auto-thoughts” in their tracks.
When someone on the team or one of our Workit members is Working Mind, we know they’re focused on recognizing negative thought patterns and focusing on what we call their antidotes, or alternative thoughts. They might bust out an Auto Thought Card Deck to change negative thought patterns.
In Heart we’ll discuss emotion regulation, which is fundamental to Dialectical Behavior Therapy. We will walk through the process of coping with difficult, triggering emotions. Using the principles of Positive Psychology, we will also encourage self-compassion and gratitude.
When Workit Heart, we’re healing. Each section of Workit builds off each other, and healing can truly begin once we’ve established self-care in Body and begun to change our thinking in Mind. Examining tough stuff, especially in our history or low self-esteem, can be difficult, but doing the work to get through it is so worth it.
“I like to work tribe or body more than heart, but Working Heart is really rewarding,” Kali Lux, Workit’s Head of Marketing says about her own experience with Working Heart. “Workit has helped me realize it’s a lot easier for me to focus on my external stuff, like self-care, exercise, or relationships, than look internally at my own negative self-talk or negative thought patterns. At 9 years sober, there’s always more exploration and work to do!”
Spirit is all about Mindfulness – learning acceptance, practicing breathwork, and more. In accordance with Existential Therapy, you will also get a chance to explore the meaning and purpose of a life free from addiction.
At Workit, when we say we’re Working Spirit, we’re focused in on mindfulness. We’re trying to center ourselves and develop a daily practice of mindfulness. That looks different to everyone, and the Spirit section acts as an introduction to mindfulness in recovery.
Workit Health counselor Brooke Houser says, “I’ve always connected with nature so I use that for a lot of my spiritual needs. One of my favorite parts of the Spirit section is choosing your spirit soother. Mine is an image of a sunny lake. I like to picture it and take a deep breath when I’m getting stressed.”
Finally, Community is a module that centers around relationships. Taking hints from Family Systems Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, we provide opportunities to examine the relationships and communities in your life, and whether they serve as triggers or supports.
Working Community means focusing on your relationships. Whether its building in boundaries with friends and family members, or finding your tribe in addiction recovery, connection is a huge part of recovery and Community helps you get there.
In addition to the six main modules, your personal coach or counselor can give you access to many of the hundreds of additional courses we have on a variety of topics: how to deal with grief, how to get better nutrition, how to establish work-life balance. We want you to walk away with concrete, applicable skills that you can use in your journey to recovery.
Are you a Workit member already doing the online courses? What section is your favorite to work on? Need some of our Workit Health bracelets to remember which section you’re working on? Let us know in the comments!
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Sakura Takahashi is a PhD student at the University of Michigan studying social work and psychology. As a social work intern at Workit Health, she’s passionate about making mental health services culturally accessible for people around the world.