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women's cognitive-behavioral therapy programHammocks on the Edisto believes recovery is a process and not an event. Every woman’s path is unique in what challenges they are presented within life, what strengths they possess, and where they strive to grow. Our fundamental principles and practices are built on the disease concept of “addiction”- that it should be treated as a chronic disease, and not an acute episode. Our evidence-based therapies address the disease of addiction as a whole. Our approaches and programmings activities are focused on restoration and growth into a lifestyle of recovery. To learn about the treatment options available, please call our team today at 833.793.0191.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a problem-focused intervention that helps patients meet goals in a number of ways. For instance, a therapist and patient will work together in order to complete tasks such as:

  1. Identifying the patient’s goals for treatment
  2. Examining the patient’s automatic, negative thoughts/beliefs, otherwise known as cognitive distortions
  3. Exploring the feelings and behaviors that occur in relation to those thoughts/beliefs

With practice, patients may begin to see patterns emerging related to how their cognitive distortions can lead to unhealthy emotional responses and behaviors. Their therapist can help patients break this cycle by assisting patients in reframing their negative thoughts and exploring the subsequent changes in their feelings and behaviors.

At Hammocks on the Edisto, our clinical team combines CBT with other techniques such as motivational interventions, contingency management, dialectical-behavior therapy, and relapse prevention education to provide residents with a solid recovery foundation upon which they can continue to build..​​

Cognitive-Processing Therapy

Cognitive processing therapy or CPT is similar to cognitive-behavioral therapy in its approach but is considered a trauma-focused treatment. The traumas that commonly accompany or precede substance use disorders are central to our focus and efforts and inform our team’s use of appropriate therapeutic interventions. Cognitive processing therapy focuses on helping the individual rework trauma-related thoughts and responses. The purpose of CPT is to maintain and manage trauma symptoms by helping facilitate the emotional processing of the traumatic event ¹ and improve understanding of PTSD..

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy at Hammocks on the Edisto takes place in both individual therapy sessions and in a group setting with other residents. It is comprised of four primary components: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal skills.

Mindfulness, or mindfulness-based stress reduction, has its roots in the practice of meditation. Engaging in mindfulness involves purposely paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental fashion. To do so requires practice, however, it can be beneficial for individuals who either focus too much energy ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. Making use of the five senses (sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste) to help focus the mind on the present is a common practice when engaging in mindfulness exercises.

Distress tolerance is a skill that develops with the practice of mindfulness. By focusing on the present moment without judgment, individuals learn to adopt radical acceptance of a given situation rather than reacting or attempt to change it. To embrace and practice distress tolerance means learning to experience painful emotions gracefully, rather than over-reacting or numbing emotions with drugs or alcohol.

When an individual has difficulty managing their emotions in a healthy manner, they may use alcohol and/or drugs in order to cope with their feelings.

For some, emotional dysregulation can be due to genetics, traumatic childhood experiences, or a lack of positive role models. Emotion regulation involves learning to gain control over the expression of our feelings. DBT skills teach individuals how to identify and label emotions, as well as healthy ways to cope with them.

Interpersonal effectiveness involves learning healthy communication skills, like assertiveness and problem-solving, and utilizing these skills to foster healthy relationships. When individuals develop positive and effective communication, they are better equipped to articulate their needs, which in turn can boost self-confidence and self-respect..​​

 Motivational Interviewing

One of the biggest reasons that the therapeutic process can falter is a disconnect between patient and therapist. The patient may not feel comfortable with their therapist and often think that they don’t understand them. When a therapist uses the motivational interviewing technique, it can facilitate a deeper connection between patient and therapist, allowing for a better experience in their recovery.

The basic principles of motivational interviewing involve encouraging the patient to discuss their mental health issues in a supportive and persuasive conversation. The five principles of motivational interviewing include:

  1. Expressing empathy through listening and engaging.
  2. Pointing out differences between the patient’s words and actions.
  3. Facilitate healthy discussions of a difficult topic
  4. Fine-tuning the session based on patients’ statements/actions.
  5. Being supportive and optimistic.

Each session must have a clear purpose or goal to get the patient to be an active participant. At the same time, the therapist will interject at crucial moments to help the patient better understand the difference between what they say and what they do. Once this happens, the patient will better understand how they are self-sabotaging their recovery and will be able to move forward..

Seek Treatment at Hammocks on the Edisto

At Hammocks on the Edisto, we’re committed to providing exceptional treatment for every woman in our care. We provide a range of services, including:

Located just south of Charleston, SC, our women’s residential facility is ready to help guide you on the path to recovery! For more information on our addiction treatment program, call us at 833.793.0191.


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