One size does not fit all.
We provide customized treatment. Not one size fits all. Flexibility and choice are the cornerstones of our approach, recognizing that no single approach works best for everyone.
We work collaboratively and respectfully with each client to develop a sensible treatment plan with realistic goals. We have an array of different treatment options to choose from that allows us to custom-tailor the treatment to fit each client’s individual needs.
Our therapeutic approach is three-fold. (1) We use motivational techniques to help clients overcome their initial ambivalence and other barriers to change, increase their readiness to take action, and develop realistic goals; (2) We use cognitive-behavioral techniques to help them acquire the specific skills and strategies they need to change their thinking and behavior; and, (3) We use psychotherapeutic techniques to help clients identify and work through underlying psychological and emotional issues that keep them stuck and prevent them from achieving greater life satisfaction.
In addition to these therapeutic approaches, selective medications are sometimes needed to alleviate psychiatric symptoms (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc.), manage withdrawal symptoms, moderate alcohol consumption, or reduce the likelihood of relapse. When medication warrants consideration, we refer to local psychiatrists and other physicians who can provide the needed services.
Our role is to motivate, not confront.
We recognize that people struggling with substance use and/or other personal problems often feel frustrated by their unsuccessful attempts to resolve this problem on their own, especially those who have done well in other areas of life. We view ambivalence or reluctance about change as a normal and predictable stage in the process of change–not as pathological “resistance” or “denial”. We do not badger or confront our patients about being “in denial” or label them as incurable “addicts” and “alcoholics”– terms that are stigmatizing and unhelpful. In our view, alcohol and drug abuse are problem behaviors — they do not define a person’s identity or personality. Our role is not to label or aggressively confront people, but help them to acquire the optimism and motivation for change.