Standards of Care
We understand the complex ways in which addiction and trauma change the brain. Treatment is informed by the latest scientific research, and we implement interventions that heal the brain, target triggers and cravings, and develop new neural pathways.
We use a combination of physical, social, contractual, and biological measures to support recovery, while exploring patient acceptance and resistance to containment. We believe that containment in the early stages of recovery is critical while individuals gain the tools and skills necessary to manage triggers and cravings.
Medication Assisted Treatment
We understand that individuals need support to manage cravings and prevent relapse while the brain is healing and normal emotional and decision-making capabilities are being restored. We individualize MAT based on the medical and clinical assessment of needs.
Recovery Skills and Support Groups
Treatment includes core components of basic recovery: 12-step work, meditation skills, and building a daily self-reflection process. We encourage support group participation; which has proven successful in enhancing self-efficacy, improving motivation, and building healthy social networks.
Building Emotional Awareness and Resilience
Using evidence-based approaches, such as DBT and CBT, we teach individuals to identify emotional states in themselves and others, while learning and practicing emotional resilience techniques and coping skills.
Changing the Internal Narrative
We help individuals to correct destructive self-talk and negative self-concept. We are deepening the individual’s understanding of their defense mechanisms that lead to maladaptive interpersonal styles and put them at risk of relapse. We also address shame, resiliency, courage, and vulnerability.
Connectedness and Spirituality
Individuals learn meaningful connection and healthy interdependence with others. We help individuals build a personal spiritual framework, while fostering post-traumatic growth through meta-spiritual concepts such meaning-making, purpose, and forgiveness.
We understand that addiction and mental health issues affect everyone close to the individual, and that comprehensive treatment must include healing in those primary relationships. We offer family education, conjoint therapy, and multi-family groups. We also involve key stakeholders in relapse prevention plans.
We help individuals develop a deeper understanding of triggers and cravings, equipping them with concrete skills and strategies. Individuals learn the basic components of relapse prevention and construct a relapse prevention plan that is specific to their needs.
Due to the complex overlap of trauma, mental illness, and addiction; comprehensive treatment seamlessly addresses all three issues. We maintain the stance that all treatment should include “universal precautions” of trauma through the implementation of trauma-informed care.