Our approach at CMC is two-fold. We use motivational techniques to help clients weigh the costs and benefits of change and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients develop the concrete skills and strategies they need to change. We think of these two important aspects of our approach as the “Decision” and the “Tools.”
At the core of all change must be each individual’s decision to take action. While there are specific and effective tools for making change, they are of little help without first making the difficult decision to use them. Our goal at CMC is to help clients identify their own personal and compelling reasons for change and choose a pathway they can truly endorse.
We encourage clients to weigh the costs and benefits of their current behavior and commit to change for reasons that make sense to them. They are also encouraged to continually reweigh and recommit throughout treatment, as their reasons for changing will shift over time.
At CMC, we teach our clients core motivational, cognitive-behavioral, and relapse prevention techniques—the tools they need to support their ongoing decision to change. Clients learn to identify stressors and “triggers” to substance use and other compulsive behaviors, and develop effective coping skills for avoiding, reducing, and managing them. During this process, we help our clients consider and implement a wide range of beneficial lifestyle and relationship changes.
This positive, holistic approach is designed to help clients sustain real and lasting change. Focusing solely on stopping behaviors is rarely as successful as developing a richer and more balanced life that can sustain positive change.
In addition, we use specific evidence-based treatments at CMC, depending on each client’s needs. These include:
- The central elements of Motivational Interviewing
- Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT, for families)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy (for PTSD)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Consideration of appropriate pharmacotherapy (referral to outside provider)