In both drug addiction treatment and the treatment of mental disorders, there are three particular types of psychotherapies that have an abundance of scientific research backing their effectiveness: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivation enhancement therapy (MET), and 12 step facilitation (TSF). Group psychotherapy has also been known to facilitate change.

“Wellington Retreat saved my life. I’m a happy, sober mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and wife. Thank you doesn’t begin to describe how much I appreciate what Wellington Retreat has done for me.”
                                                                                                                -Wellington Retreat Patient

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Wellington Retreat offers several forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which is an individual psychotherapy based on the understanding that thoughts are what influence our feelings and behaviors, not external factors such as people and situations. Therefore, with CBT, patients learn how to change the way they feel by gradually training themselves to change the way they think. This therapy is perfect for motivated individuals and for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

With MET, Wellington Retreat helps patients resolve their uncertainty regarding engaging in treatment to stop their drug use. It is common to experience mixed feelings about making changes in our lives; however, MET helps individuals recognize these mixed feelings and clarify their emotions regarding stopping their drug use. The individual will learn to understand how the choices they are making has been undermining their healthy life goals for so long. This ultimately leads to a change coming from within the individual, and not from outside sources. In order to quit, the individual needs to feel a want to do so deep inside.

12-Step Facilitation

Wellington Retreat incorporates a TSF program into the treatment program of all individuals who suffer from addiction. This type of therapy is a structured and individual driven therapy that is used to initiate the recovery process for addiction, based on the spiritual, thought, and action principles of the 12 step fellowship programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Research states that there is a greater likelihood of abstinence from drugs and alcohol when these programs are involved.

The individual will learn to develop a healthy relationship with the community and maintain sobriety. The two goals of TSF therapy is that the individual accepts that they must abstain from alcohol and drugs and that they must be willing to actively participate in a program of recovery.

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is a good therapy for several addiction and psychiatric disorders. Wellington Retreat has several trained therapists who are able to help patients bring about change in controlled group settings. Individuals who are undergoing the same challenges are able to bond and encourage each other to make steps towards a better lifestyle. Individuals within the group will learn to let go of the shame and embarrassment that is associated with their issues and become open to learning new coping and recovery skills.

Wellington Retreat offers groups that have specific agendas or themes:

  • Community Process Group
  • Anger Management Group
  • Life Skills Group
  • Gender Group
  • Coping Skills Group


“The one thing I am most grateful for here at Wellington is my group. They have seen me at my rock bottom, they have seen my ugliest side and are still here to support me and help me through my recovery. They have given me so much love and support, and I probably could never have gotten through this without them.”
                                                                -Wellington Retreat Patient

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