Families and Adolescents in Recovery, Inc. (FAIR) serves as a comprehensive and research based treatment provider for adolescents, young adults, and their families. FAIR provides intensive outpatient programs, continuing care, individual and family therapy based on neuroscience and evidenced based treatment interventions. The treatment team focuses on the clients’ and their families’ strengths and unique needs in order to address mental health, substance abuse, and self-destructive behavioral issues. During the treatment process, lives are changed and families are restored.
The FAIR program utilizes neurocounseling where understanding of brain physiology merges with traditional counseling modalities. The process includes a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to gain insights into each client’s strengths and weaknesses that can be factored into treatment planning. It maximizes the efficacy and efficiency of the treatment interventions, while also considering the most appropriate diagnoses and other recommendations.
The treatment modalities include blend of Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDTF) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) due to the enormous body of research supporting their efficacy for a wide range of disorders. The community model and participation in 12 Step Programs (Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous, Families Anonymous, Emotion Anonymous) allows for building support system and improves recovery success.
Multidimensional Family Therapy
Multidimensional Family Therapy is a comprehensive approach to treating the whole family of the adolescent or young adult with behavioral health issues. This model focuses on the development of a healthy and balanced life style and new personal identity. The family relationship is strengthened through open and honest communication and decrease in isolating behaviors. Healthy and supportive relationships with peers, “who are wings not weights”, are gained. Development of responsible academic, extracurricular involvement, and pro-social behaviors in community is established which helps adolescents and young adults find their identity and self-worth. In addition to physical, emotional, familial, intellectual and social domains, the spiritual domain is addressed as a source of strength and a holistic way to bring about recovery. Finally, parents receive support and parenting skills training to address areas such as boundaries, limit setting, appropriate autonomy, and communication.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT relies on the belief that thinking influences mood and behavior. Development of the ability to evaluate and adapt one’s thinking helps an individual change their mood and behaviors. CBT also provides an educative component in helping individuals solve their own problems. CBT teaches patients to identify, evaluate, and respond to their dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs, which can be very empowering to the client. This treatment modality uses a variety of techniques to change one’s thinking, mood, and behavior. Socratic questioning and guided discovery are central to CBT, but it also allows the clinician flexibility to incorporate techniques from other orientations with a cognitive framework. Understanding and following the structure of CBT has been helpful in avoiding unfocused discussions, which can lead to a failure in making productive therapeutic interventions. The collaborative nature of CBT ensures the client has an opportunity to take responsibility for one’s own treatment and recovery, as well as to continue to work on the issues outside of the sessions in the form of homework.
Experiential, art, and music therapy
Additionally, experiential, art, and music therapies are utilized for adolescent and young adult clients. These forms of therapy allow for processing emotions and events that might be difficult to initially process through talk therapy. They improve the insight and provide coping skills to deal with stress and difficult emotional experiences. The experiential, art, and music therapy provides an opportunity to harness different types of learning styles as well as discover our clients’ strengths and talents.
In order to better serve our clients FAIR Counseling has partnered with the Landstorm Center and Ignite Hope.