The National Institute of Drug Abuse describes effective treatment in a publication called Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment as treatment that addresses individuals’ drug abuse, psychological, medical, social, vocational and legal problems. We are cognizant of these complex issues and seek to help clients in addressing each of these areas through individual psychotherapy and other approaches as necessary. Group therapy can supplement these areas though “one size fits all” or canned Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) which focus mostly on lectures, psychoeducation or 12 step education do not adequately address these critical obstacles in recovery.
Cognitive behavior therapy offers research validated techniques which have shown to be effective in relapse prevention. The primary evidenced-based strategies we use include: cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, motivational enhancement therapy and interviewing, twelve-step facilitation therapy, mindfulness-based relapse prevention stress reduction and cognitive therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and a variety of behavioral psychology approaches such as functional analysis, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) and Systematic Desensitization and Exposure approaches.