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Integrated All Gender Couples Addiction Treatment Program
Addiction Reach has a groundbreaking approach to couple’s receiving treatment together. In this model they work as a team to support each other from detoxification thru aftercare just as they would when they face any other life challenges.
The couple resides in a relaxed non-threatening location, in their home or a home retreat like setting conducive to restoring harmony and balance to their relationship.
Along with daily therapy (individually and jointly), fun activities and holistic amenities are shared by the couple. The program duration is flexible and is customized based on clinical recommendation and client’s preferences.
All genders are welcome, as all significant unions are unique and can benefit from this program at any age and at any time in their recovery.
Unlike traditional programs where couples cannot detox or receive integrated treatment, we welcome the opportunity to address all issues in real time and process and mediate with the couple to reach workable solutions.
The recovery team forms bonds with the couple and knows the dynamics of their relationship. They will work with them in person or remotely for long as they are needed. So many people relapse after their initial treatment program because they cannot have the continuity of care essential to succeed.
Both research and clinical experience have shown that substance abuse disorders are caused and maintained by multiple factors including individual, interpersonal, familial, and social/environmental. Consequently, treating the substance abusing patient individually, apart from their significant relationships, is in most cases inadequate, ineffective and invariably results in relapse.
The Addiction Reach recovery team is founded on the core principle that a reciprocal relationship exists between substance abuse and relationship functioning. Therefore, interventions focused on both domains (substance use/abuse behaviors and relationship functioning) are necessary components of effective treatment. Couples in which one partner abuses drugs and/or alcohol invariably also experience relationship problems, (e.g., unhappiness, high conflict, resentment, and growing polarization). This relationship dysfunction in turn leads to increase substance abuse and post treatment relapse when relationship issues are not addressed.
Recognizing this destructive pattern, our behavioral couple’s therapy approach to treatment is designed to break and restructure this cycle by addressing three core areas:
- eliminating abusive drinking and/or drug abusing behavior
- engaging the family's support for the patient's effort to change and
- restructuring couple and family interactional patterns in ways conducive to long term, stable abstinence
In doing so, a more healthy and "constructive cycle" between substance abuse recovery and relationship functioning is achieved.
Therapy sessions tend to be structured, goal directed, and collaborative. At the onset, the therapist and couple together develop a recovery contract. Part of the contract consists of the partner/family members agreeing to engage in a daily abstinence trust discussion. This is a brief, encouraging, and supportive dialogue between substance abusing partner and family members designed to monitor progress and encourage abstinence. Initially, the original focus of treatment is on decreasing the couple’s negative feelings and interactions about past and possible future substance abuse and to encourage positive behavioral exchange between partners/family members. Subsequent sessions focus on communication skills training, problem solving strategies, and negotiation of behavioral change agreements. Once stability in abstinence and relationship adjustment has been attained, the focus shifts to maintaining the gains achieved in therapy. Families can be included in this process when the therapist or the couple feels it is beneficial to all.
For discriminating couples that have time constraints, would like to customize their program and share the experience privately, this program is for you!