The Modalities of JourneyPure At The River

Written by Journey Pure Staff

A treatment modality, also known as treatment method or treatment option, is the way in which a healthcare professional goes about guiding clients through their recovery.

The Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches by Reid Hester and William Miller lists nearly 50 different types of addiction treatment modalities. At JourneyPure At The River, clients are treated through a combination of modalities that make up a comprehensive, integrated treatment.

We use an abstinence-based model that, while a necessary first step for recovery, is not enough—we also use a 12-Step program originated by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, and communicate recovery enthusiasm, that is, we show clients that recovery is not a life with a lack of something but an improved life of presence and joy.

Because addiction affects everyone differently, and because so many people with substance abuse issues have a corresponding mental health condition, we believe that introducing clients to a combination of modalities offers them the best chance of lasting recovery.

The following modalities are offered at JourneyPure At The River, and many can be practiced in either individual or group therapy sessions, which have been shown effective in treating a wide range of mental illnesses.

The Modalities

Developed as a counseling approach based on treating alcoholism, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style designed to help clients explore and resolve their ambivalence. Compared with non-directive therapy, MI is focused and goal-directed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats mental health issues by identifying and modifying dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors. It is a psycho-social intervention and the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is designed mainly to help people with personality disorders. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help clients learn and use the skills necessary to overcoming conflict and mitigating painful emotions.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a kind of therapy used to help clients identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenging the rationality of those feelings, and replacing them with more productive ideas. According to REBT, it is largely our thinking about events that leads to emotional and behavioral problems.

Clinicians use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help resolve the residual effects of trauma in people’s lives. It works by creating a stimulation in the brain that breaks up traumatic memories so that they can be more easily processed. Learn more about EMDR here.

Relative to other behavioral health procedures, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a new, non-invasive therapy, though its roots date back to the 19th century. It acts by sending magnetic pulses into different areas of the brain in order to awaken neural pathways. Learn more about TMS here.

Neurofeedback speeds up the brain’s self-healing process by reading brain waves and sending feedback to the brain through auditory or visual input: videos, games, colors, and sounds. This makes healing from the disease of addiction more efficient and effective.

Created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 Steps have since been adapted for other substance abuse and mental health issues. They include taking a fearless moral inventory of self, believing in a power greater than the self to restore sanity, and making amends to those that have been wronged either directly or indirectly due to the addicted behavior. Though heavy on spirituality, nonreligious people have found the 12 Steps helpful.

Songwriting therapy involves a therapist engaging with a songwriter of any expertise level to craft a piece of music that serves as a tangible record of the songwriter’s personal journey in recovery.

A favorite of JourneyPure At The River clients, equine therapy involves patients undergoing a series of exercises with horses, which are known for their ability to read people’s positive or negative energy. Clients have the opportunity to see themselves through the horse’s eyes, identifying engagement in negative, aggressive, or self-sabotaging thoughts and actions. Learn more about equine therapy here.

A form of experiential therapy that dates back to the early 1900s, adventure therapy has proven an effective therapeutic modality in addiction recovery. Some of the forms on offer at JourneyPure At The River include high ropes, low ropes, fly fishing and kayaking. Learn more about adventure therapy offerings at JourneyPure At The River here.

Many individuals who come to JourneyPure At The River have stormy histories when it comes to personal relationships. Fortunately, team-building exercises serve as a nice, low-risk place for clients to earn the trust of others and learn how to be trustworthy. Team-building exercises also promote mindful listening and camaraderie.

Therapeutic yoga can be a powerful tool in addiction recovery, promoting the connection of mind and body. Studies have suggested that yoga practice can reduce binge eating and drug and alcohol abuse when done regularly. Combining movement, breathing, stretching, and mindfulness, yoga offers untold holistic benefits.

Find Your Treatment at JourneyPure At The River

If you or a loved one suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder or a chronic substance abuse problem, please contact us today. We offer medically-assisted detox services, individual and group counseling, and experiential therapies. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready for you to get healthy and stay healthy.