It is our goal to provide tools to help our clients achieve long-lasting recovery and happier, healthier lives. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component. However, because each client has experienced a different path toward addiction, we understand that the road to recovery is not one-size fits all. Therefore, we offer alternate recovery programs when the need arises.
Each client receives a personalized treatment program created by our interdisciplinary team. For many of our clients, addiction treatment will address co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Our treatment team is trained in the following modalities:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing
- Motivational Interviewing
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was developed as a method to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking, and later it was adapted for cocaine-addicted individuals. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse and to address a range of other problems that often co-occur with it.
A central element of CBT is anticipating likely problems and enhancing patients’ self-control by helping them develop effective coping strategies. Specific techniques include exploring the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use, self-monitoring to recognize cravings early and identify situations that might put one at risk for use, and developing strategies for coping with cravings and avoiding those high-risk situations (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2019).
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment program whose ultimate goal is to aid individuals in their efforts to build a life worth living. When DBT is successful, the individual learns to envision, articulate, pursue, and sustain goals that are independent of his or her history of out-of-control behavior, including substance abuse, and is better able to handle life’s ordinary problems (Dimeff & Linehan, 2008).
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is founded on the basis that our emotional well-being is interwoven with our physical (somatic) state. Therefore, EMDR employs a body-based technique called bilateral simulation during which a therapist will guide a client through through eye movements, tones, or taps in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain. EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions (EMDR Institute, 2019).
Somatic Experiencing Therapy (SE)
Somatic Experiencing (SE)is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. Based on the work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others. The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, 2019).
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of encouraging individuals struggling with substance abuse to make positive changes in their lives. Family and friends of people struggling from addiction can use this method of talking to their loved ones about making changes, seeking treatment, and staying on track for recovery. MI is a way of discussing an issue that draws out an individual’s own reasons for changing, instead of relying on another person’s opinions or ideas. MI recognizes that ambivalence (having mixed feelings, or not being sure) about making a change is a common part of the recovery process. Discussing this ambivalence can help to bring out an individual’s personal reasons for making a change. MI focuses on finding and strengthening a person’s own motivation to change, in accordance with their own values, beliefs, concerns, and goals (Providers Clinical Support System, 2017).