Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, more commonly referred to as DBT, is a type of CBT that focuses more on teaching clients how to live in the present moment. Other goals of DBT include bolstering healthy relationships with other people, developing healthy coping mechanisms (specifically when it comes to stress) and emotional regulation. This evidence-based approach to psychotherapy is also utilized in an individual and group setting. At Guardian Recovery Network we use DBT as part of a comprehensive therapeutic approach, combining DBT with CBT and a range of other techniques.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, more commonly referred to as EMDR, is an effective method for treating trauma. Many addicts and alcoholics have past trauma that negatively affects their ability to stay sober. To maintain recovery, healing trauma is essential. EMDR is a form of therapy that utilizes flashing lights or vibrating handholds to help stimulate the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain which process emotions and facts. At Guardian Recovery Network we have staff members who are trained in EMDR at many of our facilities — especially those that focus on trauma-informed care.
Life Skills Training
Active addiction strips people of their ability to function at a basic human level. Life skills completely fall by the wayside, and individuals struggling with addiction can oftentimes no longer keep up with finances, properly feed themselves or hold down a job for any significant period of time. Life Skills Training is a fundamental part of many of Guardian’s treatment programs. This therapeutic method focuses on helping clients regain the skills they have lost and develop new skills that will help them to manage life sober. At Guardian Recovery Network we focus on a variety of life skills including vocational training, educational placement, budgeting and financial independence, healthy communication and conflict resolution. By the time a client graduates from one of our recovery programs, he or she is better equipped with the skills necessary to reintegrate into the world-at-large as a successful, productive member of society.