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Attachment-Based Addiction Treatment (ABAT)
Outpatient Program

Helping you achieve long term sobriety when you can’t trust the people who can get you there.

Finally, an outpatient addiction program for people who are aren’t

really “joiners!

The Attachment-Based Addiction Treatment (ABAT) Model is designed for people who have not been successful in traditional treatment or Twelve Steps programs because dealing with other people was too hard when sober Our small, personalized 90-day evening program is designed to help you understand the relationship patterns connected to your addiction, and give you the tools to allow people to be part of your recovery solution instead of a threat to your sobriety, There is more detail below, and you can fill in the form on this page if you want to learn more. If people would stress you out if you weren't loaded, you are OUR kind of person!



Focus of Care

  The Attachment-Based Addiction Treatment model, developed by Mary Crocker Cook,  is based on a simple proposal: individuals develop a secure attachment to substances to self-soothe in the absence of adults who cannot see and hear us accurately. While the use of substances is a reliable strategy that makes sense to the user, addiction hijacks the individual’s ability to form effective self-regulation skills and utilize support to achieve long-term sobriety.



     WHY does the ability to develop solid

relationships in recovery matter?


When we look at the research about the things that helps people live the lives the they want to live, especially people who have chosen to stop using drugs, is their ability to develop and keep a strong support system. Said another way, people who cannot develop a few safe relationships tend to relapse. 


When you think about your own attempts to not use, or cut down on your using, what was going on between you and the people in your life?


  • Sometimes, the people in our lives cause us MORE stress and we can’t handle the feelings that come up like anger, disappointment, shame, frustration, fear that they will leave. . . . 

  • Sometimes WE stress the people in our lives because they can’t seem to connect with us. We disappear, don’t respond, accuse them of smothering us, say we’re “going to the store” and returning three days later, and refusing to let anyone get close to us. . . 


  • Sometimes we are frightened and confused by relationships, and we act out, cause chaos, check out of our bodies, say things we don’t mean. . . 


What all of these have in common in the inability

to trust other people.    





 Bottom line. . .


At the end of the day, most of us are most encouraged and most injured by the people in our world. Most counselors will tell you that regardless of WHY the person is calling to get counseling, it will usually lead back to their childhood and adult relationships. It’s part of being human.


Long-term recovering counselors know this and it is one of the reasons we have often tried to encourage people to attend support groups like the Twelve Step groups. The goal is for people to form relationships with people to support them in their sobriety. Sometimes it works like a charm, and sometimes not so much.

"I know, every time I get sober relationship drama takes me back out"


We are going to be spending time helping you to learn why you have the kind of relationships you do, and your attachment style. You're going to learn how you might be sabotaging the relationships that could be part of a good life, the life you deserve. We are going to spend some time learning something about you, the emotional overwhelm that comes up and gets in the way, and get better at reading yourself and the people around you.

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari


Structure of Program
Our intimate, 6 person,  90-day treatment structure includes:


  • Initial 1.5 hour orientation to ABAT Model with Clinical Director, Mary Crocker Cook,  and  a Clinical ASAM Assessment to identify additional mental health concerns or a need for Medically Assisted Detox. Referral for MAT or Psychiatric support as required


  • Wednesday 6:00-8:30 Psychoeducation and Process Group


  • Friday 6:00-8:30 Psychoeducation and Process Group


  • Monday,  Tuesday, Thursday:  An individual session scheduled

      Can meet with counselor individually 1 or 2 sessions, as needed


  • Attend one Support group a week





Why Attachment Matters


  • Substance Use Affects Our  Relationships 

  • Attachment Style and Questionnaire   (Anxious and Secure)

  • Attachment Styles (Avoidant and   Disorganized)

  •  Relapse Prevention for Attachment  threats

  •  How to connect with new people in  recovery

  • Managing transitions in relationships

  • Social Network Mapping

  •  Recovery Village structure

  •  Bridging Attachment ruptures

  • Compassion training/forgiveness

Causes  and Neurology of Addiction  (ASAM definition)


 Stages of Change

Addiction and Immune system/Healthy strategies

Fantasies of Controlled Use

Addiction and Immune system/Healthy strategies

Resilience and Perspective


Strategies for Resilience development:   Strengthening your “wobble”

Developing perspective

 Inhabiting Your Body

 Mindfulness Practice

Emotional Intelligence skills

Hyper/Hypo arousal system and Sensory Tool Box




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