Our Pathway to Recovery
Motivational Enhancement Therapy: Even when people with addiction issues enter a rehabilitation program because they realize they have problems with drugs and/or alcohol, they often have some ambivalence about their need to stop using. When an addict enters treatment at New Pathways, their first appointment is an initial assessment by a substance abuse treatment professional, followed by two to four individual therapy sessions.
- The objective of the initial treatment session is for the patient to formulate self-motivation statements, developing a plan for changing addictive behaviors, and devising strategies to cope with situations that pose a high risk for relapse.
- The following treatment sessions involve the therapist working with the patient to monitor his or her changes in behavior, thoughts, and emotions concerning their addiction. In addition, the therapist reviews the cessation strategies used by the patient and reinforces his or her commitment to change and sustaining abstinence from alcohol and or drugs.
- The patient and therapist may decide to invite family members or significant others to participate in the initial treatment sessions.
Supportive Expressive Therapy: Often people with addiction issues distance themselves from their experiences, their thoughts, and emotions. During these therapy sessions, patients learn to feel comfortable when discussing their life experiences to identify and address interpersonal relationship issues. With the guidance of the therapist, the patient develops strategies to solve these challenges without relapsing into old patterns of thoughts and behavior that support addiction.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: The DBT skills group is designed to increase mindfulness, emotional regulation, stress management and interpersonal skills.
Individual Drug Counseling: In one-on-one sessions with a professional addiction treatment counselor, patients develop and use coping skills and other strategies to stop addictive behavior and to achieve and maintain complete abstinence from substance use. The therapist encourages participation twelve step groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous. The therapist also encourages the patient to address other issues that often have an impact on recovery, such as family and social issues, employment, and illegal activity. Most patients participate in counseling sessions one to two times a week.
Relapse Prevention Therapy: In relapse prevention therapy, patients learn to enhance self-control skills by recognizing and correcting problem behavior. Specific techniques include:
- Weighing the positive and negative consequences of returning to alcohol and drug use
- Self-monitoring to identify high-risk situations for relapse
- Developing methods used for coping with or avoiding situations that may trigger a return to substance abuse.
To learn more about the SOAR program at New Pathways Counseling addictions treatment centers in Bayonne, Paramus, Jersey City, and Pine Brook, NJ, call (201) 436-1022 to speak to a member of our staff today.