Additional Support Services

Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing Therapy (EDMR)

EMDR is a method of therapy that is highly effective at providing relief to people suffering from a variety of emotional problems. It is based on the idea that our brains and nervous systems have ways of remembering and handling experiences that are both physical and mental. Some parts of a memory are the physical images, sounds, and feelings stored in our brains and nervous systems. The memories also include the thoughts and emotions connected with them, both what we felt and thought when the experience happened and what we think and feel about it now.

EMDR uses guided eye movements or other rhythmic sensory activities such as listening to finger–snaps or feeling taps on the person’s hands. It is combined with training in relaxation and stress management and other mental and emotional therapy. The purpose is to ‘unstick’ the processing mechanism and let the painful experiences shift from fresh and painful to being memories that no longer cause intense upset — mental and emotional unhealed wounds change to faded scars.

EMDR is not hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, or a blanket solution for all problems or all people.

EMDR will . . .

  • Give quick and substantial relief and peace of mind from emotional suffering stemming from experiences they “can’t get over.”

  • Allow new understanding and insight about past and present experiences.

  • Help install new patterns of thought and behavior.

  • Help change patterns of substance abuse.

  • Increase control over one’s own destiny.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a 26-week skills-based group that focuses on helping people deal more effectively with their emotions and relationships. Each week participants engage in a two-hour group session and a half-hour individual session. The group is divided into 8-week segments that include:

Interpersonal Effectiveness, where clients:

  1. Balance what they “have” to do and what they “want" to do

  2. Learn to ask and/or say no appropriately

  3. Learn to identify what they want and how to get it

  4. Learn to simply observe and describe situations rather than react

  5. Learn and practice positive self-talk

Emotion Regulation, where clients:

  1. Identify and label their emotions

  2. Identify obstacles to changing emotions

  3. Reduce their vulnerability to “emotion mind”

  4. Increase positive emotional events in their lives

And Distress Tolerance, where clients:

  1. Learn crisis survival strategies

  2. Learn self-soothing skills

  3. Learn guidelines for accepting reality  

Anger Management Groups

Anger Management is a 24-hour program offering group therapy once per week for two hours over a period of twelve weeks.

Skills Covered Include

  • Recognizing Anger

  • Managing Anger

  • Getting Healthy Love

  • Releasing Control

  • Dispelling Anger Myths

  • Learning Healthy Habits

  • Integrating Pride and Humility

  • Letting Go of Defenses

  • Coping with Loneliness

  • Building Self-empowerment

  • Understanding Our Child’s Anger

  • Avoiding Anger Relapses

  • Being Accountable

Nutrition Program

Studies have shown that substance cravings, mood swings and sleep problems are driven by chemical imbalances that can affect daily living.  These imbalances occur when the brain is unable to get the required nutrients in order to produce adequate amounts of natural brain chemicals.

The Nutritional Program at TRC is designed to assist individuals in regaining a natural chemical balance within their brains by using nutrients (vitamins, minerals and amino acids) and diet. An experienced counselor will assist clients in determining the proper nutrients and foods necessary to obtain a healthy chemical balance.

Format:  Four to six sessions are recommended, with the initial session usually lasting between and hour and an hour and a half..  A sliding fee scale is available. 

Special Services for Men and Women

The Relapse Prevention Program functions as a separate group for men, and a separate group for women.  Groups meet once a week for two hours.  The focus of the group is on solidifying and strengthening an alcohol and drug free lifestyle for group members who have been through higher levels of care at TRC or for those who have received intensive treatment through other agencies.  There is a strong emphasis on identifying, creating and strengthening support systems.  

Specialized Women's Services is a Colorado Department of Human Services program.  It is designed for pregnant women up through one year post-partum, who display substance use disorders.  The focus of this program  is to remove barriers to treatment, to support mothers in having a healthy baby and to support developing and maintaining a substance-free lifestyle.

Family Recovery Program (for recovering women with children)

Information coming soon.

Evaluations and Assessments

TRC offers the following evaluations or assessments, either singly or in combination:  Anger, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse. Counselors use several evaluation tools, including the Addiction Severity Index, the Adult or Adolescent Substance Abuse survey, the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory, and/or the STAXI-2 State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory.

 Integrated Dual Diagnosis Therapy

he Integrated Dual Diagnosis Therapy (IDDT) group offers an integrated approach to treatment for people with both substance abuse and mental health disorders. Recovery from dual disorders involves understanding the components of both sets of disorders, accepting the need for dual treatment, and being involved in the treatment and recovery process.

The group is run collaboratively between Cortez Addictions Recovery Services and Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center.

The format is a two-hour group session held weekly, and it is an open and on-going group.

Life Skills Program

The Life Skills Program is a 12 week education focused group. It is designed to facilitate learning to cope effectively and to create balance in life. Topics include:

  • Daily Living Structure

  • Finances

  • Emotions

  • Social / Interests

  • Health

  • Spirituality / Values

  • Family / Communication

  • Alcohol / Drug Recovery

  • Job / Career

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