Treatment Objectives

Treatment Objectives:

The goals of Northland’s addiction recovery program are to:

Immediately interrupt the progression of disease through abstinence from alcohol and mind/mood-altering drugs. Educate both the patient and family about the natural history of the disease and the consequences of not treating the disease. Provide a framework for each patient to apply this addiction recovery education to his or her own personal history of alcohol and/or drug use.

Teach new coping skills and the tools necessary to change thinking and behavior, allowing the patient to meet life’s challenges without returning to the use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Provide hope and optimism for the patient and family so that the patient can maintain a sober, responsible and productive life as a contributing member of his or her family and community. Here at Northland and The Ridge we utilize Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic approaches.

MI is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style that enhances motivation by helping people clarify and resolve their ambivalence about behavior change. MI is directive because the counselor shapes the process and seeks to accomplish specific goals. MI is client centered because it encourages people to talk about their concerns and make their own plans to change. MI begins with an assumption that the responsibility and capability for change lies within the client. The counselor’s task is to create conditions that will resolve ambivalence and enhance the client’s motivation for and commitment to change. Ambivalence, a normal stage in the change process, is defined as the experience of a client feeling two ways about change. The part that wants to stay the same may be equal to or slightly greater than the part that wants to change. As a result, the client may feel “stuck,” causing feelings of discomfort. Ambivalence often can be resolved if the client feels understood, in which case both parts of the patient’s ambivalence are validated. Thus, the MI approach addresses ambivalence as a fundamental component in the change process.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy fosters motivation for abstinence. CBT methods such as functional analysis, which clarifies what the client stands to lose or gain by using substances, can enhance the client’s motivation to stop use.

  • Teach coping skills. This is the core of CBT to help clients recognize the high risk

situations in which they are most likely to use substances and to develop other, more effective, means to cope.

  • Change reinforcers. CBT focuses on identifying and reducing habits associated with drug use by substituting positive activities and rewards.
  • Foster management of painful feelings. CBT skills help the client recognize and cope with

urges to use substances and learn to tolerate other strong feelings such as depression and anger.