Clinic Approach to Helping Patients/Clients Make for Change
Books, handouts and other reading materials are essential to improving knowledge about chemical health and the difficulties in making for change. Parts of each group and individual sessions are devoted to reviewing esteemed work of authors such as Peele, Fingarette, Kirkpatrick, Trimpey, Horvath, Ellis, Fletcher Prochaska and others. We teach how to ‘shift’ viewpoints about ourselves, chemical intoxication and change.
2. Use Values and Strengths to Overcome Difficulties
We clarify essential/important values to help appreciate how our self defeating ways are inconsistent with what we want/prefer in life. By developing a better understanding of personal strengths, we approach difficult problems and solutions by realizing we do have the capacity to persevere and overcome.
3. Better Define the Problem and Consequences
Practice and rehearsals are used to become more articulate and clear as to the nature of our inadvertently acquired habits, appetites, problems and addictions. Each participant is taught to become more competent at listing the negative consequences that have already occurred and the ones that most certainly will happen if change is not made.
4. Improve Commitment, Skills and Goal Acceptance
Support is provided to develop iron–clad commitments to reduce and eliminate problems (permanently). Participants are encouraged to select from hundreds of techniques and skills that are of interest and are effective at overcoming temptation to behave in ‘addictive ways’ and to increase motivation to act in ‘alternative ways’. Goals of ‘life as better’ are developed and preferred over goals stated as ‘living life without’.
5. Intelligent Use of Record Keeping, Summaries and Interpretations
Help is offered to develop logs and journals that track reduction /elimination of ‘old ways’ and the increase/embracing of ‘new ways’. Group opportunities are available for participants to observe other charting styles and to learn how to make better summaries/interpretations of their own efforts. Tutoring/feedback is also done privately to increase personal proficiency