Substance Abuse Treatment, Addiction Treatment for Alcohol Addiction and Drug Addiction
I am committed to offering you the help for substance abuse that you need in a professionally intimate setting, honoring your dignity and integrity as an individual.
With clinically sound practices, I treat you as the individual person that you are, not just as a disorder or diagnosis, avoiding a cookie cutter approach to alcohol treatment and drug treatment.
But I can only meet you half way. You have to reach out and make the first move to make substance abuse treatment and rehab a successful experience.
My philosophy is there are as many forms of recovery as there are people. And while you will never receive all the answers from any addiction treatment program, you will learn, among other things, to keep asking the important questions about your counseling experience and taking the necessary steps to answer them.
Learn more about my Substance Abuse Treatment Philosophy here.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program
Just as you wouldn’t naively expect one huge meal to last you for the rest of your life, don’t expect one quality treatment program to heal you once and for all, and then to live happily ever after.
While you will learn valuable skills in this treatment program, it is ultimately up to you to practice them on an ongoing basis. Another word for recovery is life. And because life is an ongoing process, so is recovery.
Intensive Outpatient Program Details
The intensive structure is designed to support your abstinence and accelerate your progress.
Two-Phase, Variable Length of Stay Format:
- Phase I – Meets three times per week for a minimum of six weeks.
- Phase II – Meets one or two times per week for an additional twelve weeks minimally.
My Intensive outpatient program is an integrative experience inclusive of the following elements:
- Group Psychotherapy – My style is to facilitate the group process to embrace a comprehensive model of therapies including mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, reality therapy, affective and insight oriented therapies etc. addressing your relevant substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues.
- Psycho-education – Rather than lecturing, I weave education regarding substance abuse, addiction, recovery, relapse prevention and mental health issues into the group process. I also use video-assisted education, cinema therapy and the principles of the Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga to teach you the vital concepts and elements of the recovery process.
- Multi-family program – Because your substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues effect virtually everyone in your life, the program includes participation with your family or significant others on a weekly basis to facilitate the healing of painful interpersonal dynamics.
- Mindfulness based meditation – I use meditation to provide you with the skills you need to change your established patterns of distorted thinking, reduce and manage your stress and emotional pain and decrease or eliminate your impulsive, compulsive and reactive behaviors. Through meditative discipline, you will also learn how to successfully manage cravings, urges, preoccupation and triggers.
- Community based self-help – Is available to you to augment your recovery process, including 12-step programs, Smart recovery meetings, faith-based support groups, on-line chat-rooms etc. Because recovery is a long-term process, I place an ongoing emphasis on you developing a custom designed network of support for yourself to maintain your structured program of recovery upon completion of your treatment.
The Four Pillars
Only once you have sustained abstinence from your drug(s) of choice, can your quality sobriety begin. The four pillars of quality sobriety are healthy thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationships, all interacting with each other to support the plane of recovery, a lasting change in the entire pattern of your lifestyle.
- Thoughts – At the core of recovery from any problem is learning how to change your relationship to your thoughts. Taking responsibility for what you think and how you manage your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes is key in developing a quality program of recovery, including an improved sense of self-esteem.
- Emotions – Likewise, managing your emotions is your responsibility, even if other people or circumstances have contributed to them. Satisfying emotional sobriety flows from learning about the relationship between your thoughts and your emotions and how to skillfully work with them.
- Behaviors – The way you act equally influences and is influenced by your thoughts and emotions. With sincere behavioral changes, you will enjoy significant rewards of the recovery process.
- Relationships – Habitual patterns of reactivity to our thoughts and emotions, as well as other people, make for poor quality relationships with yourself and others. Developing new ways of relating to others is an essential aspect of sobriety.
As the full weight of life continues to come down on you, you will be grateful for having developed strong, load bearing pillars to support not only your abstinence, but the quality of your sober life style.
Keeping Up With The Jones: Preventing Relapse
Of course preventing relapse is the ultimate goal. In program you will learn various skills, such as extinction, substituting images and postponement techniques, to successfully manage high-risk factors such as:
- Obsession – addictive thinking or preoccupation with drinking/using
- Compulsion – addictive behaviors
- Cravings, urges and triggers
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down: Responding to Relapse
How you respond to relapse is more important than the lapse itself. Careful analysis of an episode of relapse is important to prevent it from reoccurring. People often report feeling embarrassed (“Like I let the whole group down”). When you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, the best thing you can do is to immediately come back to group and actively participate in this episode analysis, turning toxic humiliation into valuable humility, which will help you figure out how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again. It’s a safe place to feel uncomfortable feelings.