Modalities We Use
Motivational Interviewing is a major aspect of our programming because it ties into our philosophies of caring staff, collaborative processes, and individualized treatment.
MI is a collaborative, therapeutic conversation between licensed clinicians and clients that addresses the common problem of ambivalence for change. As defined by William Miller, the creator of MI, its purpose is to strengthen the client’s own motivation for and commitment to change in a manner that is consistent with said client’s values. Therefore, rather than imposing or forcing particular changes, we “meet the client where the client is” and help her/him move toward his/her goals by drawing out and building his/her readiness to change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Those who suffer from addiction are often driven by destructive thought patterns. CBT encourages clients to question and examine recurring thoughts in order to phase out those that are negative and unhealthy. Scientific studies have shown that CBT is an effective form of treatment for addictions, mental health conditions, and eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT teaches clients how to regulate their emotions to reduce the self-destructive behaviors that derive from extreme, intense emotions. An effective treatment for substance conditions, eating disorders, anger-related issues, self-injury, and Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT is easily customizable to address a variety of needs. Primarily a skill-building approach, DBT focuses on the development of four key skill sets:
- Distress tolerance
- Emotion regulation
- Mindfulness (to live in the moment and fully experience emotions
- Interpersonal effectiveness
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
EMDR helps clients recover from traumatic experiences that result in symptoms and distress. Utilizing “dual stimulation” exercises to discuss past trauma while simultaneously engaging other parts of the brain through bilateral eye movements (BLS), tones, or taps, EMDR helps heal the brain’s information processing system and promotes emotional stability and symptom reduction.
EMDR’s benefits are so empirically effective that it has been officially approved by the American Psychological Association as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma conditions. Seeking Safety (And Other Trauma Focused Therapies)
Seeking Safety (And Other Trauma Focused Therapies)
Developed under a grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) by Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy that helps clients attain safety from trauma (including PTSD) and substance abuse by emphasizing coping skills, grounding techniques and education. This highly effective, research-based therapy has several key principles which, to name a few, include:
- Helping clients attain safety in their thinking, emotions, behaviors and relationships
- Integrated treatment of substance conditions and trauma
- Focusing on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals that is experienced in both trauma and substance abuse.
Wellness: Nutrition, exercise and mindfulness
The increased stress and poor nutrition associated with addiction are just two factors that significantly impair the immune system and brain’s function. The combination of substance abuse and neglect, in the form of poor eating habits or eating disorders, takes an even further toll on mental function. Fortunately, the brain is malleable, and with proper nutrients nerves are regenerated, proper circuitry is restored, neurotransmitters are replaced, and optimal brain functioning is possible.
Therefore, to maximize the chances for long-term addiction recovery, we offer several wellness-focused services such as:
- Educational classes regarding health risks, nutrition, healthy cooking, smoking cessation, HIV awareness, and life skills
- Healthy nutritional programs and dietary plans
- Access to fitness facilities
- Interactive wellness activities (i.e. swimming, tennis, basketball, running groups)
- Structured daily schedules designed for restorative sleep patterns
- Mindfulness practices (i.e. meditation, yoga)