STAYING AT WILDWOOD
Farm residents participate in outpatient groups and individual counseling sessions as part of their treatment plan. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a central tenant of the group sessions and individual work at Wildwood Farm. CBT is a preferred treatment that helps the person in treatment recognize and stop acting on negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Yes, it takes time and it depends on the willingness of the individual client’s motivation for change. SAMHSA reports: “Cognitive-behavioral therapy might help a person be aware of the stressors, situations, and feelings that lead to substance use so that the person can avoid them or act differently when they occur.”
For the client that lacks the motivation to make needed changes, the clinical team employs Motivational Interviewing Therapy (MIT), which calls for the person to experience the negative side of past choices and find an interior desire to avoid past negative consequences of the addictive thinking, behaviors, and use. In a relatively short period of treatment, an individual can find a new motivation based on their own belief structure and desires for the future.