Treatment Approach & Philosophy
Emotional Maturity & Motivational Model
At Decision Point, our mission is not just cessation, it’s engagement. Stopping substance abuse and misuse is essential to restoring a healthy body. But getting men and women to actively engage in setting their own course in life and begin to walk that path is the way to restoring a healthy mind. Many of our clients come to us feeling that they lack the direction or ability to move forward in education or working life. We believe that at its core, this perceived inability to engage with life on one’s own terms is due to a general lack of emotional maturity needed to face one’s responsibility to self, and the idea that we must find, access and hone our unique gifts.
Our Emotional Maturity & Motivation Model or EM3 is designed to help young people develop the mentality needed to successfully gain momentum in life.
A Contemporary View of the Disease of Addiction
From CEO to Clinical Therapist, the people of Decision Point take a contemporary view of the disease of addiction and one that is shared by leading addiction medicine researchers and clinicians. This view sees addiction and misuse as a chronic disease, not a choice, and in no way something sufferers should be ashamed of or feel badly about. Though chronic conditions must be managed throughout one’s life, this does not mean having to live life any less fully or with limitations. On the contrary, we believe that by learning to manage the conditions of addiction and misuse as well as their underlying causes and associated disorders, people become better at learning to overcome the many other adversities they will encounter throughout their lives. We believe that treating addiction should be seen as a positive and healthful path of hope and growth.
Addiction, like other chronic diseases does not yet have a permanent cure, but it can be well-managed to allow the sufferer a normal, long and joyful life. Being a chronic disease, however, also means that it is possible for symptoms to periodically recur. In traditional recovery settings, relapse is seen as a failure. Increasingly, however, the field of addiction medicine is coming to view relapses as quite normal events, and that the goal of treatment should be reducing the duration and severity of relapse. Giving people the tools to recognize their relapse and seek help getting back on track reduces their pain, reduces harm, and eases the burden and cost of addiction treatment on families, loved ones, and a medical system ill-equipped to treat this specialized condition. At Decision Point, we believe that successful addiction treatment means helping to achieve the fewest number of relapses and the longest periods of remission. Importantly, it also means giving our clients the mentality, tools and resources they need to take self-corrective action when and if relapses do occur.
Modern Techniques for Greater Treatment Effectiveness and Comfort
While many traditional addiction treatment programs do not embrace the use of medications in treatment, Decision Point believes that every thoroughly tested, approved and efficacious treatment option should be made available to its clients. New, modern medications are reshaping the field of addiction treatment and offering new hope to sufferers. Medicines such as naltrexone (branded as Vivitrol or Revia) help reduce the long-term cravings of drug and alcohol addiction and decrease the frequency and likelihood of relapse. Not only can these medications help people stay in remission, they can make living free from opioids and alcohol a much more comfortable experience. New medical research is promising new therapies in the near future and we will work to stay abreast of this progress to ensure the best therapies become available to our clients.
Decision Point is an organization deeply experienced in the traditional approaches to addiction treatment, but also very open to evolving ideas and understandings of this disease and its treatment. Much of the cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapies and psychology that we practice is informed by long-established proven methodologies. At the same time, we believe that by remaining open to advances in addiction medicine and learnings from the field of neuroscience, we can remain an innovative and forward-thinking resource for our clients and the community. To ignore the progress of today and advances in addiction treatment is to relegate our clients to old ideas and old therapies. The process of better understanding and better treating disease never ends. So too, our approach to treatment must always adapt, grow and evolve.
Prioritizing Treatment Efficacy Over Amenity
We believe that the process of treating drug and alcohol addiction and misuse is similar to other medical services. As such, we emphasize quality of care and effectiveness of treatment over extraneous amenities and luxuries. While our offices, treatment settings and residences are comfortable and of high quality, you will not find spa services, gourmet excursions, and other unnecessary frills here. After all, treatment is serious work, not a vacation.
What you will find is a staff of experienced, credentialed and highly qualified professionals completely dedicated to helping you and the ability to permanently change your life for the better if you choose to embrace the challenge. By focusing on the quality of care and services rather than superfluous amenities, we are able to provide the value of a very high quality of treatment at a more affordable price than treatment centers offering similar services.
Another aspect of Decision Point our clients come to enjoy and appreciate is the pristine beauty of the desert and mountains in and around our facilities. Decision Point is located in a naturally gorgeous part of our country. Outdoor recreation and therapy is core to what we do and an important reminder of the splendor and peace afforded by nature. Hikes and excursions into the beautiful mountains of Prescott make lifelong memories.