Intervention and Residential Treatment

Addicts are almost never able to stop on their own volition, and the current model of intervention followed by residential treatment is essential to interrupting the cycle. Of course, the treatment received varies based upon the methods used, however with effective therapy, the addressing of underlying causes, and the initiation of behavioral modification, many people are able to make a fresh start.

We have found that the longer someone is able to remain in a supportive, structured environment that promotes the increase of self-esteem, healthy behavioral patterns, effective therapy, and complete abstinence, the greater the chances of long term recovery.

Unfortunately for most people, financial constraints preclude them from remaining in residential treatment for anything more than 30 days at most. How can effective recovery be completed in 30 days or less after years of addiction? It can’t, and it isn’t.

In order to continue treatment, many people will ‘step down’ after 30 days to a sober living environment. Sadly, most of these are neither ‘sober’ or provide any sort of treatment at all. They are simply a place where someone can have a roof over their head and a bed. Addicts in early recovery regularly relapse at such places and once again enter residential treatment, and these people are effectively caught in a cycle of ‘treatment’ until their insurance runs out of they die. This, for those of us that work on the front lines every day, is the stark reality.

In order for someone to truly make an impactful change in their life, and recover from years of addiction, continued therapy, behavioral modification, and goal setting (and achieving) are mandatory. Enter the Kintsugi Foundation.

Treatment modalities include:

Clinical Group Therapy

It is imperative that clients begin to understand why they do what they do, to address the trauma that has created a self-destructive path, and to begin to have a new perspective on who they truly are. This is done in multiple ways, through both group and individual therapy and counseling.

Goal Setting

All human beings need to feel a sense of hope, something they are working towards to build self-esteem. This gives life meaning and direction. An addict with no goals is a relapse waiting to happen.

Life Skills

While most of us take for granted that we know how to get a job, create a resume, balance a bank account, etc., addicts appear to have been in a state of arrested development and many times the most basic life skills are lacking or non-existent. An addict with no life skills finds it impossible to remain sober.

Community Support

The saying goes ‘an addict alone is in dangerous territory’. We have seen the effectiveness of recovery communities for decades now, most prominently through 12 step programs, and the Kintsugi Foundation is a community modeled upon these effective programs.

Scott Ford – Clinical Advisor

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