Clinical Approach

The Amy Winehouse Project Intensive Outpatient Program offers individualized, evidence-based treatment options for clients who either do not require a higher level of residential care, or for those who need structured therapeutic aftercare following completion of inpatient substance abuse treatment.

Effective programs offer a variety of proven therapy options to suit the unique needs of their clientele. Our program was created by our staff of highly-trained and experienced mental health and addiction professionals. We provide our clients with treatment modalities and therapeutic interventions that are recognized by the addiction recovery professional community as having the most successful and sustainable outcomes for long-term sobriety, improved mental health and life satisfaction in early recovery.

Psychotherapy

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is a therapeutic process facilitated by trained mental health professionals to treat psychological problems through honest communication and a trusting relationship built between a client and therapist.

Psychotherapy is proven to be the most effective form of therapy used in addiction treatment. Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is a therapeutic process facilitated by trained mental health professionals to treat psychological problems through honest communication and a trusting relationship built between a client and therapist. Using therapeutic principles, structure and technique, psychotherapy focuses on helping people heal and allows them to learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems or issues in their lives. The Amy Winehouse Project offers both individual and group psychotherapy for clients throughout their programs.

Intensive psychotherapy is essential in helping clients address the root causes that have led them to developing addictions and have made past attempts at sobriety so difficult to sustain. With the help of experienced therapists at the Amy Winehouse Project, recovering addicts receive the tools and support they need to uncover, address and overcome underlying issues in their lives. This helps clients find much-needed mental and emotional stability, increased quality of life, and form lasting healthy relationships with themselves and others.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the therapist helps the clients identify and evaluate core and intermediate beliefs and thought processes, and then challenges clients to identify the distorted or unhealthy thoughts which keep them stuck in their addictions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on exploring a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT interventions identify the origins of negative and automatic thoughts. These thoughts are believed to come from core beliefs that clients have in their lives. Intermediate beliefs are the basic attitudes, rules and assumptions they have come to believe over the course of their lives. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the therapist helps the clients identify and evaluate core and intermediate beliefs and thought processes, and then challenges clients to identify the distorted or unhealthy thoughts which keep them stuck in their addictions. By employing a combination of cognitive and behavioral techniques, CBT is used as a tool to replace old dysfunctional thoughts with new, healthy, adaptive patterns of thinking and behaving.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is solution – focused and helps clients solve problems. It builds the necessary skills needed to identify maladaptive attitudes or behaviors, correct them, and incorporate new and healthy coping skills. CBT can be used for clients who may be experiencing a full range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias. These underlying issues, if not properly addressed, often lead to addiction.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Research shows that DBT is effective at reducing substance abuse and treatment dropout rates and improves overall emotional regulation.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. Research shows that DBT is effective at reducing substance abuse and treatment dropout rates and improves overall emotional regulation. It also reduces depression, anger, suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injuries, and psychiatric hospitalizations while improving social functioning.

Through the use of dialectics – the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions – therapists can alternate a client’s focus on change and acceptance. Dialectics also help both the therapists and the clients avoid focusing on negative behaviors, thoughts or feelings that can hinder progress. The goal of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.

The Amy Winehouse Project provides weekly DBT in a group setting by experts trained by the founder of the modality. Clients focus on:

  • Decreasing the abuse of different types of addictive substances
  • Reducing painful withdrawal symptoms
  • Diminishing cravings, temptations and urges to abuse substances
  • Avoiding situations that cue substance abuse
  • Increasing community support by helping establish new friendships
  • Encouraging their engagement in recreational or vocational activities that support abstinence

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Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

In ACT therapy, individuals learn how to distance themselves from distressing thoughts and beliefs, and learn that thoughts are not facts.

In ACT therapy, individuals learn how to distance themselves from distressing thoughts and beliefs, and learn that thoughts are not facts. As clients learn that they (as individuals) are not their thoughts (cognitive diffusion), unhelpful thoughts and beliefs become significantly less problematic in day-to-day life. This realization helps clients focus on what matters most – recovery. In ACT therapy, clients also learn mindfulness techniques which help them tolerate negative emotions without the need for escape. This is critically important in the treatment of addiction, since substance abuse often occurs to escape discomfort. In ACT therapy, clients move from psychological rigidity to psychological flexibility, bolstering their recovery in the process.

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Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy uses the client’s own words to rewrite the story of their experiences.

Narrative therapy uses the client’s own words to rewrite the story of their experiences. During addiction, the stories people often tell themselves or others are discouraging and emphasize their limitations instead of their strengths. These stories focus on shame and blame, and ultimately keep individuals who are struggling with addiction “stuck” in their old narratives and patterns of behavior. Rewriting our stories can help us to externalize our problems, so that there is room to focus on effective solutions. In addition, seeing the problem as a part of one’s story helps individuals to see their decisions in the context of their circumstances, cope more effectively with shame, and develop greater self-compassion.

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Experiential Group Therapy

Experiential therapy involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.”

Experiential therapy involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.” In a group setting,it is a therapeutic approach that encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery, the use of props, and a range of other active experiences. Examples of experiential therapy include recreation therapy, equine therapy, expressive arts therapy, music therapy, wilderness therapy, adventure therapy, and psychodrama.

One of the many advantages of experiential group therapy is that the experiences and activities in which clients engage provide opportunities for the therapist to observe clients in situations where the client is not focused on the therapy itself. In this way, the client is more likely to behave in a more unguarded and genuine manner. Then, when the therapist and the client process the experience – a discussion which may take place during or after the activity – the client receives and gives feedback. This feedback provides insight into current behaviors, as well as the thoughts or prior experiences which may have prompted these behaviors.

Experiential therapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for adults and teens treated for substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, and eating disorders. It has also been effective in treating grief/loss, trauma, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and related conditions. The Amy Winehouse Project uses group exercises like family sculpts, nature walks, team-building and trust-building activities, as well as structured recreational and adventure activities. This combination of activities gives our clients experiences which complement and inform the psychotherapeutic work that forms the core of the program.

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Family Therapy

Successful addiction recovery must address the family’s role and functioning and the interplay of its members to understand the part nurture played in forming a client’s core beliefs and issues, including chemical abuse and dependency.

The Amy Winehouse Project considers family therapy a pivotal component of substance abuse treatment. The family unit is a system, and as one person recovers, there will be an impact on the other members of the family. Family therapy focuses on helping the family to support their loved one in recovery in the most productive way. This often means identifying and exploring patterns of communication and behavior among family members, and finding new ways of relating to one another

Using face-to-face sessions and e-therapy, the Amy Winehouse Project’s treatment team provides family therapy as an integral part of a client’s program. This is done when family involvement is helpful to a client’s growth and change. Clients and their loved ones are encouraged to participate in family psychotherapy and use psycho-educational tools to support the recovery process. Our clinicians work with the family on establishing healthy boundaries and recognizing patterns of codependency which often lead to negative outcomes. We encourage family members to identify and share how living with addiction has impacted them.

However, sometimes clients need direction in breaking the family cycle of dysfunctional communication and/or enabling. When this is indicated, our team aids in helping families stop the dysfunctional dynamics by setting healthy boundaries and practicing communicating and interacting in positive new ways. Healing relationships, and finding balance within the family structure, are essential elements of the family work. Family groups will also be made available for families who are visiting or live close to Delray Beach.

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Process Addictions Therapy

Process Addictions – sometimes referred to as behavioral addictions – are characterized by out-of-control behaviors which have become compulsive over time and negatively impact a person’s functioning and relationships.

Process Addictions – sometimes referred to as behavioral addictions – are characterized by out-of-control behaviors which have become compulsive over time and negatively impact a person’s functioning and relationships. Process addictions are characterized by an inability to resist the urge to engage in a particular activity, despite negative consequences to the person’s physical, mental, social, occupational and/or financial well-being. It is a form of addiction which involves a compulsion to repeatedly perform a rewarding non-drug-related behavior; sometimes called a natural reward. Common process addictions include spending addiction, gambling addiction, disordered eating, Internet and gaming addiction, pornography addiction, sex addiction, exercise addiction, workaholism, and disordered relationships with others, also known as love addiction.

Often, as clients are gaining control and learning to successfully manage their chemical addictions in early recovery, the impulsive thoughts and compulsive behaviors characteristic of a process addiction will gain momentum and “rear its ugly head”. The Amy Winehouse Project has specialists trained and certified in process addictions treatment to support clients as they face their out-of-control thoughts and behaviors, often for the first time in their lives.

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Anger Management

While anger is a normal and healthy feeling, it is also a common trigger for substance abuse and relapse. At the Amy Winehouse Project, our therapists guide clients in understanding the root causes of angry feelings (or secondary emotions), and educate clients about healthier ways to manage angry feelings.

While anger is a normal and healthy feeling, it is also a common trigger for substance abuse and relapse. To maintain sobriety and develop a healthy recovery which is resistant to relapse, individuals must learn how to cope with angry feelings effectively. People in Western societies are often reared to “bury” normal feelings such as anger. As a result, many of us do not develop healthy coping skills for anger management. Because “burying” feelings is not an effective long-term solution, individuals eventually become overwhelmed by intense emotions such as anger and frequently turn to substances or process addictions to escape these feelings.

At the Amy Winehouse Project, our therapists guide clients in understanding the root causes of angry feelings (or secondary emotions), and educate clients about healthier ways to manage angry feelings. Our approach to anger management incorporates several therapeutic modalities to provide clients with various strategies for anger management. These strategies include meditation and mindfulness strategies, perspective taking and empathy development, and understanding the goals motivating the behavior of others. Clients also learn a number of cognitive and behavioral techniques to tolerate intense emotions as they are experiencing them.

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Stress and Anxiety Management

During active addiction, individuals generally use only one method to deal with life’s stressors: substance abuse. In recovery, we must learn to manage stress and anxiety with new, healthy strategies.

Stress and anxiety are difficult triggers for individuals struggling with addiction. Whether it is stress related to a flat tire, a bill in the mail, or a diagnosable anxiety disorder, we are all tested by life’s trials and challenges. During active addiction, individuals generally use only one method to deal with life’s stressors: substance abuse. In recovery, we must learn to manage stress and anxiety with new, healthy strategies.

Much like our approach to anger management, the Amy Winehouse Project believes that clients should be equipped with diverse strategies to manage anxiety. Clients are shown stress management responses (such as problem-solving and decision-making skills training, progressive muscle relaxation, among other methods) to tolerate and reduce anxiety symptoms. Clients at the Amy Winehouse Project also receive comprehensive life skills training which helps them preventively address stressors before they become crises. This includes training on when to seek support, education about local resources, and help with life skills such as meal planning, budgeting, and assistance finding employment.

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Meditation & Mindfulness

Our meditation/mindfulness groups teach our clients how to be in the present and how to be able to control their thoughts and feelings in the moment. Clients learn to breathe, focus and quiet their minds in support of their recovery and overall well-being.

Meditation is an evidence-based therapy practiced for thousands of years for a wide variety of physical, mental and psychological disorders. Meditation is a practical means for calming oneself, for letting go and being present, openly, clearly and without bias.

The form of meditation practiced at The Amy Winehouse Project is mindfulness. Mindfulness, when used as a therapeutic technique, is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness also involves self-acceptance – that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any given moment.

Our meditation/mindfulness groups teach our clients how to be in the present and how to be able to control their thoughts and feelings in the moment. Clients learn to breathe, focus and quiet their minds in support of their recovery and overall well-being. Clients are taught how to lower their heart rates and blood pressures, how to naturally boost serotonin levels, and how to calm their minds and gain control over their racing thoughts and problematic emotions. Through exercises including de-escalation breaths, body tensing and relaxing, deep breathing, guided imagery, somatic experiencing, mind/body repetitive movement, and muscle group isolation, clients learn to improve emotional stability. This tends to decrease anxiety, increase happiness and creativity, develop and recognize intuition, and expand consciousness. They learn proven techniques to be in the present with increased clarity, calmness and a sense of self-mastery unknown in active addiction.

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Life Skills Development

Life skills are capabilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable clients to deal with the challenges of everyday life. Our Life Skills program teaches clients to achieve self-sufficiency and independent adulthood.

Life skills are capabilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable clients to deal with the challenges of everyday life. Our Life Skills program teaches clients to achieve self-sufficiency and independent adulthood. Our approach involves teaching time management, educational development, money management, and more. Furthermore, we assist with job related skills such as resume building, interview techniques, and job search. These skills are complemented by the therapeutic process to improve self-efficacy and allow clients to seek higher education and opportunities for a better quality of life.

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Health & Fitness

The Amy Winehouse Project provides both individual and small group training protocols to help patients regain muscle strength, boost stamina, and develop new neurological pathways in the brain to facilitate new behaviors conducive to long-term recovery.

The Amy Winehouse Project provides both individual and small group training protocols to help patients regain muscle strength, boost stamina, and develop new neurological pathways in the brain to facilitate new behaviors conducive to long-term recovery. This process of strength gain has numerous favorable outcomes physically, mentally, and emotionally. Clients are educated on how to exercise properly with the support of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, to build confidence and improve overall health and self-efficacy. This process is proven to help regulate emotions such as stress and anxiety, which compliments the therapeutic process. Clients can choose from our varied equipment, which includes recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers, treadmills, and free weights.

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Nutrition

At the Amy Winehouse Project clients discover the connection between fueling the body and improvements in cognitive function, mood regulation, and the symptoms of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

At the Amy Winehouse Project clients discover the connection between fueling the body and improvements in cognitive function, mood regulation, and the symptoms of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Our clients work with a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist trained in nutrition to learn about healthy food choices in early recovery. We educate clients about applications and benefits of a diet high in nutrients and fiber and low in processed sugars and preservatives to help prevent disease and bolster mental and physical wellness. Furthermore, we promote healthy active lifestyles to facilitate successful long-term recovery.

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Extensive Case Management

The Amy Winehouse Project offers extensive case management services to help clients resolve legal matters, find jobs, pursue higher education, and find housing the best suits successful recovery.

The Amy Winehouse Project offers extensive case management services to help clients resolve legal matters, find jobs, pursue higher education, and find housing the best suits successful recovery. Clients work with case management specialists to establish life goals and develop the tools necessary to achieve those goals. Our individualized treatment approach allows each client to receive customized care suitable to his or her circumstances. Case management also focuses on collaboration with the clinical staff to ensure the best service possible is given to each client.

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