Boardwalk Recovery Center provides psychotherapy in group and individual sessions. Our psychotherapeutic approach is based on evidence-based practices for the treatment of substance use, mood, personality, and trauma/stress related disorders.
The psychotherapies and interventions offered by our clinical team include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Schema Therapy
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Seeking Safety: A Treatment for PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Ecopsychology Outdoor Group Therapy
- Brief Strategic Family Therapy
- Psychoeducational Group Sessions
- Mindfulness and Grounding Practices
- Guided Meditation
- Breath Work
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is one of the most researched psychotherapies and was found to be highly effective for those struggling with substance use disorders. The basic premise of this approach is that if you change your thinking, you will change your feelings, and in time change your behavior. When we face high levels of stress early in life we can develop an unhelpful view of the world that makes it difficult to cope with day to day stress. When this happens, substance use can seem like an appealing way to quiet a stream of thoughts that brings suffering. These thoughts tend to be most problematic when boredom arises; when we are no longer distracted. At Boardwalk Recovery Center, we help our clients refine their thought patterns to increase their ability to resist cravings to use, and build a sense of self-worth that starts in their own mind.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
We aim to find the intervention that works for the individual seeking help. Our clinicians aim to help people meet their own goals rather than imposing unrealistic or unwanted changes. Solution Focused Brief Therapy can be summarized by the following:
- Focus on solutions in the here and now, rather than problems of the past
- Make clear, specific, and attainable goals
- You and those around you are essentially able
- Your therapist accepts your definition of the problem you are experiencing
- Credit for success goes to the client
- Your primary therapist is open to learning from the client
- The therapist is active and influential
- Avoiding power struggles
Solution-Focused Brief Family Therapy
Including family and close friends in the therapeutic process provides an opportunity to enrich the relationships that can inspire sobriety and wellness. Based on a study called Rat Park, some have started to understand the opposite of addiction to be connection. If the person seeking services is without close friends and family, we help them connect to networks of people in the recovery community so they can begin building a chosen family.
Through our family therapy, we can mend broken relationships, help families rebuild trust and educate families on substances use, mood, thought, personality, and trauma/stress related disorders. One of the best tools to maintain sobriety is a large network of support. There are a lot of changes and emotional experiences that will happen during treatment; it is beyond important to have support network who loves, understands and supports you.
Psychoeducational groups are designed to provide information about psychological topics relevant to substance use disorders. Change is difficult. Understanding why we think, feel, and behave in different ways is the first step to intentional behavior change. Once we better understand the origins of our suffering, we are better prepared to develop the goals needed to achieve our vision for our future selves. Clients are encouraged to discuss what they have learned, ask questions, set goals based on what they learn, and practice the skills reviewed in each session. We also provide our clients with individualized education regarding coping with the symptoms they are experiencing.
Mindfulness was defined by Jon Kabat Zinn as “paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, without judgement.” Many of those seeking our therapeutic services struggle with keeping their focus on the present moment. There is a high co-occurrence of attentional problems and substance use disorders. Through mindfulness meditation our clients learn to cope with a busy mind and a restless body. In the first phase of treatment, we go for a therapeutic mindfulness hike. This is designed specifically for those who struggle with seated meditation. Mindfulness is also integrated into our psychoeducational, process, ecopsychology, and relapse prevention planning groups.
Boardwalk Recovery Center Provides Help To Reach Recovery
During the therapeutic process, the Boardwalk Recovery Center staff will be by your side every step of the way, not only to provide support and guidance but to also assess your progress in order to adjust your program accordingly. Receiving treatment and changing your entire life in just a short period of time is not to be taken lightly. We understand how courageous it is to seek treatment and will work just as hard as you do in order for you to achieve a successful recovery.