Addiction and alcoholism are not only physical ailments; substance use disorders also cause mental and emotional anguish and are fueled by underlying trauma, mental illnesses, or trouble with coping mechanisms. That’s why therapeutic services are such a vital element in treating substance dependence in clients. Oftentimes, simply detoxing does not solve the issues that caused an individual to turn to drugs and alcohol in the first place. In order to assist our clients in fully healing from addiction and gaining the tools necessary to live a life free of drugs and alcohol, we offer comprehensive therapeutic services at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services.
Like the other services offered at Diablo Valley, we provide therapy for clients on an outpatient basis. Oftentimes a long-term residential stay at an institution is simply impractical or impossible for individual clients. Enrolling in an inpatient program requires individuals to leave their jobs and families for an extended period of time, and quite often this simply isn’t the best choice for patients. We offer outpatient therapy for clients because we believe that treatment should be individualized and work to meet the needs of each patient. For many, the flexibility of outpatient therapy services allows them to truly heal without uprooting their lives for an indefinite period of time.
At Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services we employ highly educated, experienced, and compassionate professionals who provide therapy to our clients. Our clinical director, Jeri Stegman MA, MFTI, RAS has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of behavioral health and oversees all therapeutic methods at Diablo. Our therapists specialize in treating substance addiction therapy through traditional and holistic methods. During the course of treatment at Diablo Valley, all clients have access to regular group therapy and individual therapy sessions.
In group therapy at Diablo Valley, clients have opportunities to build healthy sober support networks and friendships, process emotions and events among a peer group that relates to them, provide and receive constructive feedback, and develop positive social skills that will serve them in their career, family life, and interpersonal relationships. Group therapy is a regular part of treatment at Diablo Valley because it helps clients to heal in an emotionally supportive environment in which they can relate to a group of their peers. All group therapy sessions are facilitated by licensed therapists who are experienced in assessing and promoting healthy group dynamics.
As a part of the outpatient treatment program at Diablo Valley, clients also regular meeting with therapists for individual counseling sessions. These sessions allow for patients to process emotions and events privately, in the safety and confidence of a one-on-one therapeutic meeting. Individual therapy at Diablo Valley focuses on helping patients to work through trauma or current challenges, develop healthy coping skills, and manage emotions. Therapists may utilize a variety of methods during these sessions based on what each individual client needs in order to heal. Individual therapy sessions may include trauma resolution, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, mindfulness exercises, and relapse prevention planning. As with every service offered by Diablo Valley, individual therapeutic approaches are always based on each client’s unique needs and tailored to meet their specific treatment goals.
In addition to individual and group therapy, Diablo Valley offers family counseling for clients and their loved ones. Addiction and alcoholism impact the entire family dynamic, not just the functioning of the individual patient. Through family therapy, our staff helps clients to rebuild relationships damaged by addictive behavior, to facilitate trust and healthy boundaries, and to help both the client and their families to heal emotionally from the damage inflicted by substance use disorder. This not only assists the family in healing, it promotes a healthy environment for the client that facilitates long-term recovery from addiction and/or alcoholism.
Therapy at Diablo Valley offers our clients a chance to address the underlying causes of their addiction, whether it’s trauma, mental illness, environment, or a combination of a multitude of factors. Comprehensive therapeutic services allow our clients to heal from the pain of addiction and build a foundation for healthy living and recovery by addressing the root of addictive behavior. All services are offered on an outpatient basis to allow our clients to stay connected to their jobs, families, and loved ones as they begin the process of healing and establishing a fulfilling and successful life in recovery.