Our ABC approach
With our long experience in Integrative medicine we have developed an effective approach to treating Addictions with a range of holistic therapies in parallel with modern psychological counselling. Our ABC approach is fairly simple but highly effective, and over 1500 clients have benefited from our programs based on this protocol up to now.
Addiction is a complex process and treating it requires an approach that takes into account this complexity. We utilise several methods to investigate this mind-body connection and our expertise spans both western medicine and oriental systems-
At physical level- using clinical exam, blood and urine tests, supported by advanced investigations if required. To understand the nutritional deficiencies, and presence of any inflammation, allergy or disease process that will upset the mind-body balance.
Mental and Emotional- evaluation by our psychologists, counsellors- looking at past emotional traumas, unresolved conflicts, co-occurring mental illnesses, behavioural issues, etc.
Bio energy- this is where modern Science allows us to visualise and measure the Life Force or chi or prana- which indicates to us the most stressed organs, toxins accumulation, and out of sync body functions. This is the bridge between western medicine and oriental healing therapies.
In TCM and Ayurveda, pulse analysis give us information about imbalances in our physiology and metabolism.
Putting together this information takes time and energy-but it allows us to design individually tailored treatment plans that address addictions in all its complexity with Maximum chances of long term success.
This phase is usually carried out in the first week of admission.
With addiction comes a plethora of complaints- poor sleep, irritability, mood swings, anger, poor focus and concentration, low energy. You feel out of balance and this is a red flag of vulnerability and where cravings start tricking your brain. If you do not get the right support your brain will kick into ‘automatic pilot’ and you will feed your addiction by…using again!
With holistic therapies our aim is to get you in that safe green zone of balance-where you are functioning in a physiological and psychological comfort zone, without using but propped up by meditation, psychological support, physical exercise, yoga, and balancing therapies such as acupuncture, ayurveda, Reiki, Taichi.
Oriental therapies, be it Ayurveda or traditional chinese medicine is about restoring balance between the 2 great forces that are found everywhere in nature- the Ying and Yang. The ying energy is considered to be female, and represents softness, coolness, calming and the yang energy is male-dominant, hot and aggressive. Balance between the two creates harmony. In Chinese medicine -this is the main classification central to the more elaborate system of five elements. So an excessive yang condition will necessitate ying foods and activities- to restore balance is the therapeutic end result.
As an example , If you are feeling high, you need to be grounded, your acupuncturist will use certain specific points to achieve this eg by using spleen point no 6 near your ankle, large intestine point no 10 near your elbow and Point zero on your right ear- just 3 small painless needles placed in your body for 20 mins and you will feel calm, balanced and settled- this is the amazing power of acupuncture and energy balancing.
Our expertise in holistic therapies allows us to taper down your medications in a very short time, and rebuild you up at all levels with minimal discomfort. We use medications mostly to get you through the initial week to make your withdrawals more manageable and less uncomfortable.
Whenever we learn a new skill, it brings with it a new set of habits and behaviour.
Overcoming addiction is about mastering habits, identifying triggers, and developing strategies to cope with high risk situations, and changing lifestyle. For this to be maintained successfully, we shall train you with the right set of skills. Once you have mastered these simple techniques you will be able to break the chains of addictive behaviour and live your life with fresh vision, hope and enthusiasm.
.Each day brings new opportunities- you are beginning to craft a new future away from past weaknesses and triggers, and you are tapping into your strengths and innate wisdom. Life is not about pulling through another day- you have now the energy and enthusiasm to plan ahead, to live with a purpose.
With yoga/meditation/mindfulness your mental state shifts to the peace zone- balanced, contented- no longer operating in the action-reaction zone or trigger-craving-using cycle. .Your pre frontal cortex zone takes over and steers you away from trouble!
With our counselling sessions and psychological support you will understand the roots of your dysfunction and the stressors deep within you. We shall help you to develop simple habits that are very effective and that will bring maximum positive results in your progress– For instance just writing down your intentions and focussing on them at bedtime will fire up a whole new circuitry in your brain- making this intention a very powerful one to observe the following day. Each daily habits then build up your character and rebuild your resistance to substance abuse – and grant you the immunity that you have been lacking.
Our Life Force Principle
Our founder and clinical director Dr Siddick Maudarbocus created a unique holistic treatment protocol named the Life Force Principle.
It is an amalgamation of therapies from east and west. Various modern and ancient therapies are used to treat patients depending on their health condition.
During your stay at Les Mariannes your days will be full of health-enhancing activities, specially selected for you to boost the reconnection between your mind and body. With Yoga, Taichi, mindfulness meditation and fitness exercises, you will regain the feeling of life
Pulsing through your cells. The hot-cold hydro therapies, massage and nutritional living foods will shed years of accumulated stress away and you will feel energized and in control of your life again. You will emerge from our place with health as your focal point.
Our aim is to help you to tap into the remarkable innate capacity of your body to heal itself by a harmonious mixture of different ancient healing systems and modern natural therapies, including:
- Foot reflexology
- Abdominal detox package
- Cupping Massage
- Abhyanga Body Massage
Holistic therapies are very effective in the following conditions:
- Depression and mental illness
- Weight loss
- Pain management
- Recovery after surgery, stroke or injury
Most of our clients keep on practising the meditation, mindfulness and yoga exercises that they learned at les Mariannes—this practice gives them an immediate feeling of balance, grounding and focus , and they claim that this has helped them to become more productive and no longer driven by impulsive behaviour.