Treatment Philosophy


Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services is dedicated to providing the most effective services to our clients to aid in their recovery from a cunning, vicious and patient disease.

Our Treatment Philosophy must start with three questions:

Why are we (you and us) here at CARS?

We believe every addicted man or woman has a destination in mind when they think about recovery from addiction. We believe that destination might be summed up as the legacy of a decent, sober and upright life well lived and all the wondrous things that come from that, such as a warm and loving home, good and robust health, a supportive and caring community, and an enriching and meaningful purpose.

Of course, anyone might ask how do we get to that destination? How will we know the right direction?

We will maintain our direction and focus by using the compass of recovery. Recovery is “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” –SAMHSA Recovery Strategic Support Initiative, 2012

Now that we have a destination and a direction how will we make sure we stay on course?

We will use the “map” of core skills to keep us on course. Learning and practicing the two skills and six methods below, we will focus on learning and practicing in the six to 10 weeks (average stay; yours may be a bit longer or shorter.)

These two “core skills” are: 

  1. Coping with urges, craving, impulsive behavior and cognitive distortions
  2. Build social, emotional, and behavioral functioning
  • Increased empathy
  • Successful social interactions
  • Increase in self-efficacy (authentic power)
  • Confidence
  • Managing of urges and cravings to use
  • Skill in the use of social supports available within the community (OASAS regulations 820.11)

We are dedicated to providing the most effective services to our clients to aid in their recovery. CARS treatment services are based on the evidence-based Matrix Model which is evidenced based practice that focuses on skill building and behavioral change.

A variety of clinical approaches are utilized within our treatment programs which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Crisis Intervention, and Solution- Focused Brief Therapy, among others.

At the core of all of CARS treatment is The Matrix Model® which provides a proven framework for engaging clients in treatment and helping them achieve abstinence. Our program provides direction and support from a trained addiction counselor who functions simultaneously as a teacher, learning partner, and coach, fostering an encouraging relationship with the patient and using that relationship to reinforce positive behavior change. Our philosophy promotes the patient's self-esteem, dignity, and self-worth. All clinical interaction are designed to be realistic and direct not confrontational or parental. Detailed treatment manuals and materials draw heavily on other tested treatment approaches including the Brain Disease Model, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Contingency Management, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention. The model is structured through worksheets for individual sessions, family education groups, early recovery skills groups, relapse prevention groups, couples counseling, urine tests, 12-step programs, relapse analysis, and social support groups.

In support of our primary program we also provide ancillary services to address the holistic needs of our clients and include Hazelden’s New Direction and Living in Balance curriculums, vocational supports and lessons from various sources such as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Living A Life That Matters, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of AA and No More Letting Go.

As an adjunct to counseling services we also offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) proven to support healthy, positive change in recovery including the use of Naltrexone, Suboxone, Vivitrol, Campral, Wellbutrin, and Chantix.

CARS’ Mission states that we are “…dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting individual dignity and respect for all”. We believe that the best way of doing this is in providing proven effective services in a way that recognizes the unique needs and strengths of each of the clients we serve. We will remain dedicated to exploring new approaches and will balance thorough evaluation of new research against our clients’ right to services that work.   

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