TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

 

It does not matter so much what happens inside an individual.

What matters is what happens between them.

- Harry Stack Sullivan, The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry

 


Our treatment philosophy is built upon principles from Irvin Yalom’s “The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.” Our therapeutic community (TC) model stands out from other TC’s in several ways. We carefully construct a group environment that serves as a microcosm of clients’ lives. We develop and shape group dynamics that draw out unresolved emotional issues and behavioral patterns that have contributed to a client’s addiction. We address each through a deliberate combination of interventions that are specifically tailored to each client and his/her treatment goals.

The continual use of the group as an experiential backdrop for these interventions is a key feature separating our program from others. One of the most crucial requirements for recovery is keen self-awareness. The best tool to develop self-awareness is the mirror held up by the feedback of a well-guided group. Clients overcome relational barriers, practice emotional regulation and healthy coping skills, and discover ways to have positive interactions with the world and a gentler relationship with themselves. Through creative assignments and group experiences, clients gain new insights, merged with the truths they’ve always known about themselves. They practice vital skills to maintain recovery within real-life contexts and challenges. All while enveloped in the very unique support system that evolves from this very unique group experience!

Many clients who’ve had previous failed treatment attempts find success following participation in this life-altering group process. Clients develop a strong sense of trust in the group, and often life-long bonds with other members. They gain self-worth through their value to the group. They recognize that their contributions matter; that THEY matter. Clients become willing to do anything necessary to protect the group, even make the sad decision to eliminate a member who threatens it. This commitment gradually begins to transcend the group experience, becoming a commitment to themselves and their own recovery. When clients leave treatment carrying this strong dedication to recovery, along with the tools to recreate this ‘group’ in their support network, they have an excellent chance to succeed in maintaining sobriety long-term. They will protect their own recovery and that of the new group just as fiercely.

EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT SERVICES

"EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician's accumulated experience, education, and clinical skills."

Assessment/Diagnosis: conducted by a licensed masters-level clinician

The psychological assessment is a structured interview that gathers information from and/or tests a person to evaluate an addiction, and/or mental health complaint.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

Family Therapy

A branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.

Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group.

Individual Therapy

A process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Medication Management

MTM – is a treatment system used by doctors and pharmacists to ensure that patients are receiving optimal therapeutic outcomes for the prescription medications that they may be taking.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

(DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

Experiential Therapy

Developed in the 1970s, experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that encourages patients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery, the use of props, and a range of other active experiences.

Psycho-educational Classes

A specific type of group therapy that focuses on educating clients about their disorders and ways of coping. It's based on the principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

Relapse Prevention

A treatment support specialist can help you locate a recovery program near you. Whether you are dealing with drug or alcohol relapse prevention, staying sober is not a solo gig. By its nature, addiction isolates the addict. Conversely, recovery requires a network of support.

Life Skills Training

Are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life; in other words, psychosocial competency.

Recreational Therapy

Also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.

Aftercare Planning

Also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.

12-Step Program

A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems.

Lifetime Support Network

Building a lifetime support network while in treatment provides assistance and support from other people struggling with similar struggles in life.
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