Whether you are having problems with alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or other drugs, we offer a variety treatment choices based on what is needed and what appears to make the most sense. Treatment plans are flexible, not set in stone, recognizing that certain elements of the plan may change over time as a person’s needs and circumstances may change.
Private one-on-one sessions afford a unique opportunity to focus intensively on a broad range of personal issues and goals. Individual sessions accelerate rapid development of a positive patient-therapist relationship, the foundation of the therapeutic process that helps to facilitate positive change. The individual therapy we provide here can be accessed as stand-alone treatment or can be supplemented with one or more of our specialty groups (see below). Patients who are already receiving individual therapy from an outside therapist (which we encourage them to continue) have the option of receiving supplemental individual sessions here that focus more specifically on substance use issues and coping skills; or, they can supplement their outside therapy with participation in our groups.
We offer several specialty groups that can serve as stand-alone treatment or can work in parallel with individual therapy to create an enhance level of care that is more structured and comprehensive. Groups typically meet once per week in the evening. Group size is usually limited to 6-8 members.
This psycho-educational and skills training group is for individuals who are concerned about their drinking and want to eliminate or avoid the risks and consequences of their alcohol use by learning how to drink less or perhaps eventually not at all. The primary goal of the group is to eliminate harmful or risky drinking. The group is ideal for problem drinkers who are not dependent on alcohol or other drugs, including those in the early stages of acknowledging that drinking is problematic. Using a toolbox of evidence-based harm reduction and cognitive-behavioral techniques, the groups provide an empowering, supportive, non-coercive forum in which participants can learn how to accurately assess and monitor their alcohol intake and its consequences, set realistic goals, enhance and maintain their motivation to change, implement self-control strategies, and learn how to drink more moderately or come to grips with stopping completely. The group also provides an opportunity to identify and address stressful life circumstances and emotional issues that may be driving an individual’s problematic drinking and/or other “self-medication” behaviors. Clients who do not wish to join the group due to practical or other considerations, can choose to participate in the Smarter Drinking protocol in a series of individual sessions scheduled by appointment.
Abstinence-Focused Relapse Prevention Groups
These groups are for clients whose goal is to establish and maintain abstinence from alcohol and/or other substances. This includes those who are actively grappling with stopping substance use, those who have already stopped on their own, and those who want to maintain sobriety following completion of an intensive inpatient or outpatient program. The focus is on helping them develop a variety of relapse prevention skills, including how to identify early warning signs of the relapse process; how to safely avoid or cope with “high risk” situations; how to respond to cravings, urges, and social pressures to use; how to cope adaptively with uncomfortable emotions and mood states; and, how to counteract the gravitational pull to use alcohol or drugs again.
This group, led by Dr. Lori Washton, provides a safe supportive environment for women grappling with various issues that may include substance use, self-esteem, relationships, parenting, and balancing the demands of work and home life, among others. While specific concerns and goals may be different for each member, the group seeks to help all members gain a more nuanced understanding of how certain thoughts and emotions drive unwanted problem behaviors and relationship dynamics; and, to acquire better coping and problem solving skills to enhance life satisfaction.
Taking the first step
When you are ready to set up your first appointment, contact us through the secure form on this website by clicking here or call (609) 497-0433. To prepare for your first appointment, please download and printout our comprehensive New Patient Questionnaire by clicking here – and please be sure to bring the completed questionnaire with you to the appointment.
We look forward to hearing from you.