Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a behavioral treatment method developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It’s the therapeutic platform from which we provide individual psychotherapy and group skills training sessions, all designed to help our clients learn and use new skills and strategies to cultivate a life worth living and fighting for. At The Redpoint Center, our therapeutic goal is to develop skills like mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness for each of our clients, and subsequently empower them to create a new reality for themselves.
Overwhelming or discouraging life circumstances often accompany those that are seeking treatment for a substance abuse issue and are usually the driving force behind the decision in the first place. Given this understanding, The Redpoint Center places a strong emphasis on a comprehensive approach to the management of each case/individual we treat. Whether we use the word coaching, case management or mentoring, the idea is the same. Whether it be strained personal relationships, problems with employers or educational institutions, consequences with the law or financial difficulties, our team of professionals is available to help reconcile these issues. Our case management team’s primary role is to help our clients identify problematic areas in their lives, and to provide the support and resources necessary to course-correct these areas.
In conjunction with the therapeutic exercises that take place in a group setting, The Redpoint Center believes it is imperative that each client has the opportunity to work with a therapist, one-on-one. These sessions create an opportunity to dive deeper into the issues that will inevitably arise in a group setting and in day-to-day life. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of absolute safety and trust as we unveil the root causes and conditions associated with disordered and harmful behaviors.
Trauma Therapy and Healing
At The Redpoint Center we understand that destructive behavior patterns and a negative view of one’s-self do not just happen by accident or are the result of a mere moral failing. We believe that these patterns and belief systems are learned through life circumstance and can be traced back to a specific moment or period in someone’s life. Evidence suggests that until someone can have a clear understanding of where these behaviors and beliefs came from, it is supremely difficult to change them. Our approach to this issue is structured in a phasing-up process which our clients can safely engage in the work.
Meditation and Spirituality
The team at The Redpoint Center and a wealth of therapeutic evidence suggest the efficacy of a strong meditation practice. Substance abuse inherently breeds chaos and disconnection and a meditative practice is shown to serve up the opposite. With an innumerable number of interpretations, simply put, meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual focuses his or her mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Our goal, is to create opportunity for our clients to explore meditation and spiritual expression in a way that resonates with them.
At Redpoint, we recognize that facing the challenges of early recovery can be overwhelming, and can leave someone feeling paralyzed as to where to start. This is why our therapeutic support includes motivational interviewing. Motivational interviewing is a psychotherapeutic approach that attempts to move an individual away from a state of indecision or uncertainty and towards finding motivation to making positive decisions and accomplishing established goals.
Because of the way drugs and alcohol effect the brain, substance use disorder will often handicap the educational and professional aspirations of the user. When an individual in early recovery is attempting to start over, they may be doing that in the face of some difficult consequences. In response to this reality, Redpoint’s case management team is committed to helping its clients navigate their way back to the path of progress.
At The Redpoint Center we believe that simply abstaining from mind altering substances is not a sufficient or worth-while goal. Our objective to motivate our clients to find a community that supports and champions a life of vitality and connection. Though by no means a requirement of the program, our team recognizes and endorses the strength of a 12-step community, and the inherent value of its program.
Substance use disorder can have a dramatic and sometimes devastating effect on a user’s neurochemistry. For years, medical professionals have been attempting to find a solution to this complex and delicate issue, with varying degrees of success. Yet, in recent years the medical field has made significant advancements in the treatments available for those trying to heal. The Redpoint team is here to first, conduct a thorough assessment to identify each client’s needs both therapeutically and medically. If it is then determined that an individual could potentially benefit from medication assisted treatment, we are able to educate our clients and connect them with a medical professional, so they can choose the best course of action for themselves.
The clinical team at Redpoint believes that if a client is going to apply new recovery skills into his/her life, they must have an opportunity to practice them. This is why our clients participate in experiential groups. These groups take an individual out of education and into application. Common examples found in our treatment setting include, equine therapy, adventure based therapy and role-play exercises in psychodrama therapy.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
At The Redpoint Center, we believe that relapse, like recovery, is not a singular event as much as it is a process. Taking on a new way of thinking and posturing one-self towards life is no small task, and certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore, it is no surprise when an individual reverts back to a way of thinking that feels familiar; however harmful it may be. In response to this, our team will instill mindfulness based skills to our clients as a means of safeguarding them from these mental slip ups. Mindfulness serves as a powerful anchor to the present moment and to the reality that an individual is safe and that using substances will not fix but only accentuate a distressful, presenting issue. These skills take time to develop, yet in time they can become a powerful and working part of the mind.
Being active in the abuse of harmful substances, an individual is inherently disconnecting from their body and wellbeing. Conversely, reconnecting with your body is of paramount importance as you begin to live a more conscious and connected life. The practice of Yoga has been around for centuries and has only recently been brought to the Western World. As our culture has familiarized itself to this ancient practice researchers have discovered a vast number of benefits; many of which translate to the healing process of recovery.