At Y&Y Recovery, we specialize in psychotherapies that are evidenced based and have high success rates with treating clients. The push for Evidence-Based Therapy is a movement in psychology and substance use disorder treatment that aims to track the efficacy of treatment plans so that clients only undergo treatments which have been proven to work.
This definition has since “expanded” to include “consideration of patients’ preferences, actions, clinical state, and circumstances” (Cook et al., 2017).
For our purposes, we can consider Evidence-Based Therapy to refer to the types of psychotherapy practices, that have been proven effective rather than purely based in theory. Listed below are the Evidenced Based Therapies used by Y & Y Recovery.
CBT is known to influence brain chemistry by positively changing negative thought processes. To be more exact, it helps individuals discover the relationships that exist between self-destructive behaviors and negative thoughts and feelings.
The client is given the opportunity to identify negative/distorted thoughts and feelings about themselves and the world and replace them with realistic, positive thoughts that in turn helps to build a sense of hope for the future.
Used in conjunction with CBT, DBT is an intensive form of evidence-based treatment that includes acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness). DBT teaches clients to communicate openly with others calmly and effectively.
Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s, it was initially used to treat chronically suicidal individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Nevertheless, it has been proven to be effective in a wide range of other disorders such as substance use disorder, depression, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.
At Y&Y Recovery we take a non-judgmental approach – rather than focusing on our clients’ deficits, we collaborate with them and focus on their strengths. Motivational Interviewing is built on the premise that the clinician is not there to force clients to change, but instead, we facilitate the capacity clients already have within themselves to change. Motivational Interviewing has proven to be very useful in the treatment of substance use disorders as well as various mental health disorders.
Medicated-Assisted Treatment is the use of FDA-approved medications that target opioid, alcohol and smoking use disorders, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Our staff, including Dr. Lisa Benya, who specializes in addiction medicine and Dr Alan Coe who specializes in addiction psychiatry, collaborate with the clients to determine our clients’ individual needs.
Our strategy at Y&Y Recovery is individualized care – We don’t believe there is a one size fits all approach to treating individuals. Harm reduction is an approach for substance use treatment that involves a set of practical techniques so that we can openly communicate with clients around what is most likely to be achieved. The focus is on reducing the negative consequences and risky behaviors of substance use; it neither condones nor condemns any behavior.
By incorporating strategies on a continuum from safer drug use, to managed substance use, up to abstinence, harm reduction practice helps clients affect positive changes in their lives by embracing respect, trust and a nonjudgmental stance as the essential components of a productive therapeutic relationship.
At Y&Y Recovery we know that detox and residential treatment services are only the beginning on the journey to sobriety. For this reason and depending on the individual’s substance and medical history, diagnosis and co-occurring issues, we offer a Medication Assisted Recovery program for those who will be transitioning back into their lives, while continuing the use of certain medications to assist with continued abstinence from substances that have proved to difficult to stop without the use of an aid.
Pharmacological treatment can have an essential role in the treatment of addiction. The phrase “Medication-Assisted Recovery” is a practical, accurate, and non-stigmatizing way to describe a pathway to recovery made possible by physician-prescribed and monitored medications, along with other recovery practices, e.g., continued long-term treatment and support groups. Understanding that prolonged use of alcohol and other drugs can change the structure and function of the brain helps explain why pharmacological treatment can have an important role in the treatment of addiction. Unless restorative, balancing treatment is provided, these functional brain disorders can result in worsening conditions or sabotage of recovery attempts.