Spring Ridge Academy Launches Recovery Group
Spring Ridge Academy therapists Carrie Kray, LMSW, and Doug DiStefano, LAC, have developed a new therapy group for students in substance use recovery. This group uses a combination of evidence-based practices, including Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Seven Challenges, and the Matrix Model.
Spring Ridge Academy therapists Carrie Kray, LMSW, and Doug DiStefano, LAC, have developed a new therapy group for students in substance use recovery. This group uses a combination of evidence-based practices, including Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Seven Challenges, and the Matrix Model. The aim is to help individuals take charge of their lives, set long-term goals, and learn to align their actions with their values. Individuals who have used substances to cope generally have struggled to do this. Additionally, Adverse Childhood Experiences also increase the risk of long-term substance use disorders.
Moral Reconation Therapy
Moral Reconation Therapy, or MRT, is a cognitive behavioral therapy approach that focuses on changing thinking and cognitive patterns that can then influence changes in behavior. It addressed moral development, identity issues, low self-esteem, delay of gratification, and other obstacles interfering with overall functioning. Research has shown positive results in the following areas: Increased moral reasoning, increased life purpose, and fewer behavioral problems.
Seven Challenges emphasizes creating a climate of mutual respect where individuals can talk openly and honestly about themselves. Working through the seven challenges helps them understand
- what needs they are meeting by using substances,
- what harm they are causing,
- what risks they are taking, and
- what it entails to make changes.
The Matrix Model
Not all aspects of the Matrix Model are appropriate to Spring Ridge students. However, there are essential pieces that the therapists can incorporate. Individuals will learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse and be encouraged to use self-help groups (AA, NA, etc.). They will also receive direction and support from trained therapists and engage in psychoeducation. Within this model, a positive, encouraging relationship is fostered between the therapist and the individuals, which the therapists use to reinforce positive behavior change. Treatment is conducted in such a way that promotes the individual’s self-esteem, dignity, and self-worth.
Recovery Integration with Treatment
This group will complement SRA’s overall mission and philosophy while incorporating additional support to help individuals address co-occurring issues. Incorporation of group therapy for substance use recovery in treatment can be an effective and efficient modality for improving treatment engagement, developing and practicing coping skills, and supporting recovery. Students accepted into Spring Ridge Academy will be screened for substance abuse issues. Through collaboration with the treatment team, they may be required to attend this group as part of their overall treatment plan.