Counseling

Pre & Post Counseling

Treatment for a drug or alcohol problem usually begins with an addiction assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether an addiction is present, the extent of the addiction, whether there are co-occurring conditions, and to assist in the development of a treatment plan. Our team is trained to diagnose addictions typically conduct alcohol and drug abuse assessments in private settings. All information that is provided by you is kept confidential and only used to assist in your treatment.

The goal of treatment is long-term recovery, defined as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of people with addictive disorders receive the treatment they need to be able to return to a fulfilling, productive, and healthy life. This is, in part, due to trying to navigate an often-confusing addiction treatment system. To make clearer your options, we break down the various types of addiction treatment here.

INPATIENT AND RESIDENTIAL

Attending inpatient treatment means making the choice to stay in our residential rehabilitation facility that provides medical supervision and specialized addiction and psychosocial clinical care for a typical length of 30, 60, or 90 days (and in some cases, longer). Inpatient addiction treatment is often referred to as the gold standard of care because:

  • A team of addiction experts provides medical and psychological services in a supportive environment 24/7.
  • It completely removes you from the people, places, and things that may have triggered your addiction in the first place.
  • It provides evidence-based information and psychosocial strategies for you to learn more about your addiction and how to rebuild new behaviors and healthy habits.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

Once your acute physical dependence is under control through detox and you begin to understand the causes of your addiction through inpatient or outpatient treatment, treating the psychological dependence that comes along with addiction is critical. Addiction therapy modalities you may encounter in treatment include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to replace your negative thoughts and behaviors with healthy beliefs and help you identify healthy coping mechanisms (wellness practices such as yoga, mindfulness, and self-compassion training) instead of using substances.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of CBT that works on expanding your ability to manage your emotions without using substances as a coping mechanism.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a type of counseling that identifies your personal motivation to stay sober and uses that to help you overcome any ambivalence you may have toward choosing recovery.
  • The Matrix Model combines CBT and MI in a group therapy setting that is structured, lasts for 16 weeks, and provides intensive skills-building for the challenges of early recovery and relapse prevention.
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on processing the unconscious emotional issues that led to your addiction to create more emotional bandwidth for positive life experiences.