The St. Gregory Recovery Program is a unique, evidence-based treatment program developed by several leading addiction experts, including Dr. James Prochaska, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, and Dr. Theresa Moyers. The St. Gregory program emphasizes the role of empathy, specific guidance regarding personal choices, the management of resistance, support for change, and a plan for success, all protocols identified as best practices.
The program is delivered in sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, contingency management, persuasion protocols, and the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change), a process that enhances an individual’s readiness to act on a new healthier behavior, and provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the individual through the stages of change to action and maintenance.
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When the authors began developing the program in the early 1980s, they studied research on how people change their attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and ultimately their lives. Based on these findings, they structured an approach that reflected this research and included the strategies promoted by early change theorists like Kurt Lewin and later by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente, widely recognized experts on the change process.
Others in the field would eventually use part of this same research base to develop what would become Motivational Interviewing or Motivational Enhancement Therapy. When the substance abuse field started talking about “research-based” and “best practices,” the model was validated—it was what researchers had been studying and practicing for many years.
Why is this important?
Because here at St. Gregory Centers, we don’t just go with the status quo. The modalities and therapies we use are proven to be the most successful. While other therapies may work for some, our goal is to provide the very best chance at a full recovery for as many people as possible.
Our program is based on a very simple philosophy: Your thoughts turn into your beliefs, your beliefs turn into actions, your actions turn into habits, your habits create your character, and your character defines your life. People need to change their thoughts to reach different outcomes, and CBT provides the most successful method of changing habits so people can achieve their life goals.
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