Victory Bay Recovery Center is an Outpatient Behavioral Health facility that implements a unique blend of therapeutic approaches, social support (12-Step programs), and life skills to address substance use disorders. We utilize an eclectic blend of evidence-based modalities with a person-centered approach to craft truly individualized treatment. This approach affords our clients the best possible chance to maintain lasting sobriety through our treatment center in NJ.

The use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing form the foundation of our treatment process. These are considered the gold standard of conventional best practices in treating Substance Use Disorders and support the use of less conventional but no less effective individualized methods to meet the needs of each client.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psychotherapy used in treating Substance Use Disorders, which examines the client’s destructive negative thought patterns that leads to negative emotional and behavioral responses. CBT teaches clients strategies to develop alternate ways of thinking, which results in increased ability to regulate distressing emotions, and modify negative responses and behaviors. By restructuring negative thought patterns and allowing a new interpretation of circumstances, clients are able to step out of the destructive addiction cycle. Simultaneously, as the client is learning strategies to reframe negative thoughts, they are also learning behavioral strategies to move them forward in their recovery. This two pronged process can provide clients with a sense of empowerment and control over their change process.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

As the name suggests, Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic technique which nudges out the client’s own motivation to change a destructive behavior. By recognizing each individual is in varying stage of readiness to change, motivational interviewing allows for the client to identify when and how behaviors can be modified. Therapists highlight the discrepancies between client’s views and others, while acknowledging the client’s internal resilience and strengths. This process empowers the client to develop lasting decisions to change.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a revolutionary therapeutic technique utilized at our treatment center in NJ. A non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy, assists individuals that have been exposed to trauma reprocess this information so that it is no longer psychologically disruptive. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment that identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the client’s natural resilience or coping capacity. Though not all of the clients will complete the full eight-phases of this treatment, the principles are EMDR and trauma informed treatment are interwoven throughout our client care and group programming.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an outgrowth of CBT, originally developed to treat individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and chronically suicidal behaviors. The chronic and pervasive self-destructive behavior, low self-esteem, and negative view of self associated with longer term active addiction is similar to those of the chronically suicidal. DBT assists in breaking this extreme pattern of behavior by using four different core principles:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in demanding situations, not change it
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you can change and manage those you cannot.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is another outgrowth of cognitive behavioral therapy utilized at our treatment center in NJ. ACT also focuses on the powerful tool of mindfulness, while also working with clients to identify their values and the important roles they want to participate in. ACT helps the individual recognize and reconnect with positive core values and learn methods of taking committed action to live aligned with those values rather than turning to substances to navigate through challenging periods. It teaches that we are NOT the sum total of these things, and therefore need not “fuse” with or overly identify with them. Addiction is not who the client is or what defines them. ACT allows clients the opportunity to create lives filled with meaning and purpose as they define it allowing them to be so much more.