Philosophic Premise

“It’s All about Where You Place Your Attention…” Eric Kandel (Nobel Prize Winner)

“Addiction is a disorder that involves complex interactions between a wide array of biological and environmental variables. Strategies for its prevention and treatment, therefore, necessitate an integrated approach incorporating systems of analysis that span the molecular to the social…Discovery of disruptions in the fine balance that normally exists between brain circuits underlying reward, motivation, memory and cognitive control have important implications for designing multi-pronged therapies for treating addictive disorders.” (Nora Volkow, MD., Director of NIDA, 2006)

Our approach to treatment is client centered, empowering and focused on the strengths of individual clients. Treatment is based on the neuroscience concepts of Eric Kandel (2000 Nobel Prize winner), Robert Sapolsky, David Eagleman, Dan Siegel, David Rock, and Jeffery Schwartz.  We draw upon the relapse prevention models of Marlatt and Gorski.  Our counseling approach is also influenced by the works of Ellis, Beck, Scott Miller and Bowen’s Family Systems Theory.  We use a motivational counseling style that is strength based and goal oriented, based on the work of Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model.

“Focusing attention can rewire the brain, from pain, negative urges and compulsive behaviors, and activate those areas of the brain that connect with more positively directed behavior.” (Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz)


Principles of Treatment:

The principles of treatment are as follows:

  • Focus, focus, focus.
  • Focus on strengths
  • Focus on goals
  • Focus on developing positive relationships
  • Focus on abstinence


Goals of Treatment:

The general goals of treatment are:

  • Abstain from using all drugs and alcohol except those prescribed by a physician.
  • Learn the coping skills necessary to deal with negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors identified in assessment.
  • Practice coping skills to increase the ability to focus on those areas of life identified by client as critical to their recovery success.

Skills to cope with substance abuse and live happy and healthy