There Is No “One Size Fits All” Approach
We understand that no two boys are the same. Every young man who enters our program is facing their own unique challenges that require individualized attention to solve. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to behavioral rehab and reformation. For this reason, Triangle Cross Ranch employs a variety of therapeutic approaches to help the boys overcome the things they are struggling with and make the necessary changes in their behavior to improve their lives.
Reality therapy is a therapeutic approach with a focus on changing behaviors to achieve certain goals. During reality therapy, our therapists work with the boys to establish reasonable goals and determine which behaviors they need to change to reach those goals.
Because reality therapy puts such a strong emphasis on changing thought and behavioral patterns, it does an effective job of helping the boys recognize which of their behaviors are problematic and replace their problematic behaviors with healthier ones. This therapeutic approach helps the boys gain control over their lives and hold themselves accountable for their words and actions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that is based on the following core principles:
- Psychological problems are influenced by faulty or unhelpful thought patterns
- Psychological problems are influenced by learned patterns of unhealthy behavior
- People who suffer from psychological problems can better cope with them or even overcome them by changing the way they think and behave
When our boys work with our counselors to undergo CBT, they actively work to improve the ways they think and behave. Working with our therapists, they will learn to recognize which thought and behavior patterns are unhealthy and how they can change them to improve their life. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of problems including addiction, eating disorders, mental illness, anxiety, and depression, among others.
Behavioral Emotional Therapy (BET) is a therapeutic approach with a strong emphasis on helping individuals determine and treat the root cause(s) of their emotional distress, therefore reducing their desire to participate in any associated destructive coping behaviors. For example, many people who abuse substances do so to avoid dealing with strong emotions they feel or trauma they have experienced. If they work with a specialist to face their strong emotions or the traumatic event and deal with them appropriately, they will not be as tempted to turn to substances to escape from reality.
When our boys work with our therapists to receive BET, they receive psychological education, they learn to be more aware of how they feel and why they feel that way, and they learn to change their perspective on things that happened to them in the past.
Conflict resolution is a therapeutic approach that aims to help our boys develop the skills they need to avoid relapse and recover more quickly. Conflict resolution helps our boys avoid relapse by:
- Teaching them healthy coping mechanisms
- Identifying their triggers
- Improving their communication when in a crisis situation
- Offering them insight into the emotional and behavioral patterns that addicts exhibit when experiencing tension in their personal relationships
- Helping them manage their strong emotions such as anger and sadness
By developing better communication skills to help them resolve conflicts in healthy and uplifting ways, our boys are much less inclined to turn to addiction when they face challenges in their lives. They learn to take accountability for their actions and face their problems head-on instead of turning to substances to escape their reality