Treatment Philosophy at New Pathway

Our treatment philosophy is based on the belief that treatment of the being as a whole - mind, body, and spirit, is necessary to successfully confront and arrest the progressive diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction. Years of experience have shown that a combination of expert counseling and medical staff, a strong network of support, and active involvement in the recovery community is the most effective approach to treatment of chemical dependency. An approach based on these principles is the foundation of New Pathways' exemplary success rate in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction.

At New Pathway there are several approaches used in treatment. Here is a list of different types – many of which are used in the programs listed in Types of Treatment

Relapse Prevention Therapy

In relapse therapy, patients learn to enhance self-control skills by recognizing and correcting problem behavior. Specific techniques include weighing the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use, self-monitoring in order to identify high-risk situations for use and developing methods used for coping with or avoiding those situations.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

For individuals ambivalent towards treatment, this approach aims to quickly motivate patients into discontinuing drug use. The therapy consists of an initial assessment battery session, followed by two to four individual treatment sessions with a therapist. The first session attempts to elicit self-motivational statements and a plan for change that includes suggested strategies for coping with high-risk situations. In subsequent meetings, the therapist monitors change, reviews cessation strategies being used and continues to encourage commitment to change or sustained abstinence. Patients are sometimes also encouraged to bring a significant other to sessions.

Supportive Expressive Therapy

Designed to help patients feel comfortable in relating their personal experiences and to identify/ work through their interpersonal relationship issues, it allows participants to explore ways in which to solve these problem feelings and behaviors without falling back on previous addictive behaviors.

Individualized Drug Counseling

Helps patients develop coping skills and other strategies, in order to stop drug use and achieve total abstinence. Twelve-step participation is encouraged, along with other services that address other problem issues, such as employment status, illegal activity and family/social relationships. Counseling sessions are usually scheduled one to two times a week.