Types of Treatments used in our Drug & Alcohol Addiction Program
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Client-centered therapy
By using a very nonjudgmental platform, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) employs a variation of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to analyze and dissect feedback gained from client sessions. MI focuses on re-patterning client behavior that is the result of ambiguous and undefined thoughts. This form of therapy is presented in a direct and client targeted manner that strives to transform undesired behaviors. Motivational Enhancement Therapy was developed by William Miller, Stephen Rollnick
MET is administered in a receptive atmosphere that allows a client to receive feedback from the therapist for the purpose of fortifying the client’s resolve for transformation and to empower the client with a feeling of self-control. Rather than engaging the client’s defense mechanisms through confrontational discourse, the therapist works with the client to create positive affirmations and a sense of inner willingness to facilitate change. Once that is achieved, the client becomes receptive to the healing process and progresses toward wellness.
Clients who are faced with the challenge of substance abuse experience similar emotional and mental symptoms to rebellious adolescents, including resistance, narcissism, relational difficulties, and moodiness. MET has been proven to provide substantial relief from these symptoms and has been recognized as a useful tool for gaining control of these unwanted behavior patterns.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety.
Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.
CBT Tools and Approaches
CBT encompasses many different therapeutic approaches to create a flexible technique. In CBT, clients are guided through their emotions using various tools. Therapists may employ techniques such as journaling, challenging beliefs, mindfulness, or relaxation, and others utilize social, physical, and thinking exercises as a method for helping the client gain awareness into their emotional and behavioral patterns. Most people who receive this type of therapy usually do so for several months in sessions that last an hour at a time.
Process of Transformation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The process of transformation is rarely fully recognized immediately. Clients learn how to replace negative thoughts and destructive behaviors with beneficial images, beliefs, and actions that will facilitate recover. CBT is founded on the premise that our cognition, how we think of something, affects how we feel and how we act. Thus, CBT address the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of a client
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
EFT will help you:
- Remove Negative Emotions
- Reduce Food Craving
- Reduce or Eliminate Pain
- Implement Positive Goals
- Help to tune into what hurts
Client-centered therapy or person-centered therapy
Is a non-directive form of talk therapy that was developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers during the 1940s and 1950s. Today, it is one of the most widely used approaches in psychotherapy.
How Does Client-Centered Therapy Work?
Mental health professionals who utilize this approach strive to create a therapeutic environment that is conformable, non-judgmental and empathetic. Two of the key elements of client-centered therapy are that it:
- Is non-directive. Therapists allow clients to lead the discussion and do not try to steer the client in a particular direction.
- Emphasizes unconditional positive regard. Therapists show complete acceptance and support for their clients.
According to Carl Rogers, a client-centered therapist needs three key qualities:
The therapist needs to share his or her feelings honestly. By modeling this behavior, the therapist can help teach the client to also develop this important skill.
Unconditional Positive Regard:
The therapist must accept the client for who they are and display support and care no matter what the client is facing or experiencing. Rogers believed that people often develop problems because they are used to only receiving conditional support; acceptance that is only offered if the person conforms to certain expectations. By creating a climate of unconditional positive regard, the client feels able to express his or her emotions without fear of rejection.
Unconditional positive regard means that when the therapist is experiencing a positive, acceptant attitude toward whatever the client is at that moment, therapeutic movement or change is more likely. It involves the therapist’s willingness for the client to be whatever feeling is going on at that moment – confusion, resentment, fear, anger, courage, love, or pride…The therapist prizes the client in a total rather than a conditional way.
The therapist needs to be reflective, acting as a mirror of the client’s feelings, thoughts. The goal of this is to allow the client to gain a clearer understanding of their own inner thought, perceptions and emotions.
By exhibiting these three characteristics, therapists can help clients grow psychologically, become more self-aware and change their behavior via self-direction. In this type of environment, a client feels safe and free from judgment. Providing this type of atmosphere allows clients to develop a healthier view of the world and a less distorted view of themselves.