Treatment Philosophy

Thinker

Addiction Treatment

Addiction involves a neurological changes in the brain, with elements of classical and operant conditioning involved in continued drug or alcohol use despite consequences.

Instead of “denial,” the cognitive processes of the addicted brain include a spectrum of ambivalence about drug and alcohol use. Denial is an unconscious process that may be involved in addiction, but more commonly an array of ambivalent thought processes underlie any reluctance to enter treatment.

Evidence-based treatments should be used whenever available.

The Matrix Model

Basic Tenants

  • Will power, good intentions are not enough
  • Behavior needs to change
  • Insight alone will not improve cravings
  • The Model

  • Establishing a positive, collaborative relationship with patient
  • Accepting and non-judgmental
  • Teaching information on addiction and recovery
  • Learning cognitive-behavioral concepts
  • Using relapse prevention techniques
  • Including family and loved ones to learn about addiction and recovery
  • Drug Testing for accountability, not punishment
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