When completely stopping is the best choice…
Perhaps you’ve tried to limit or stop your alcohol or drug use time and again without lasting success and have decided that maybe now is the time take more definitive action to stop using completely– at least for right now, and possibly for the foreseeable future. If you feel ready to work toward abstinence either immediately or incrementally, we will provide you with the guidance and support you need to break free of your habitual pattern of substance use and develop ways to resist the inevitable pull back toward alcohol and other drug use. And, once you gain some distance from substance use, we can help you identify and resolve the underlying issues that often act as silent generators of recurring relapses — a common failing of traditional treatment approaches that focus on the substance use itself while giving short shrift to underlying psychological and emotional contributors to addiction.
When total abstinence appears to be the best course, this does not mean that your only choice is the traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach offered by most addiction treatment programs. As psychologists with specialized expertise in treating addiction, we appreciate the complexity of substance use problems and address them accordingly. We work with clients on two levels. On a behavioral level, we provide them with a toolbox of practical strategies they can apply immediately to safely manage cravings and urges to use alcohol or other drugs. On a psychological level, we help them identify and work through underlying emotional issues that often act as silent generators of relapse if not adequately addressed. Attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs while leaving everything else the same is often not a plan for success, which is why so many people go through repeating cycles of relapse. Our integrated multi-dimensional approach addresses both the substance use behavior itself as well as underlying emotional issues to enhance the likelihood of achieving lasting change.
Relapse prevention groups
In addition to individual therapy, you may choose to join one of our Relapse Prevention Groups where you will learn a variety of cognitive-behavioral strategies to safely manage cravings, urges, and temptations to use substances. You will also learn how to improve your coping skills and ability to manage difficult emotions without reverting back to “self-medication” alcohol/drug use. The groups provide a unique forum where you can get professional guidance, coping tools, and peer support. Our groups are small, usually 6-8 members, and typically held during evening hours so as not to interfere with work or other responsibilities.
Individually-tailored treatment plans
One of the keys to our success in helping people break free of compulsive substance use and transform their lives is treating each client as an individual. Your path to successful recovery starts with a private consultation and comprehensive assessment by Dr. Arnold Washton or Dr. Lori Washton, to determine what issues have brought you to this point and what type of help makes the most sense for you.
Getting started on the road to lasting recovery
The first step is to schedule your private consultation and evaluation in one of our Princeton or New York offices. Just call us at (609) 497-0433 or fill out the contact form.