During the progression of their disease, addicts (and those around them) become impaired in their thinking, feelings, and actions. Successful therapy addresses the addict's condition at all levels: cognitive, affective, and behavioral.


For long-term sobriety and abstinence, addicts must experience positive change in all areas of their lives. In order to replace the “high” of using alcohol, drugs or compulsive behavior, clients need to see and feel internal growth (physical, emotional, and spiritual), as well as significant external improvement (family, social, vocational, financial) in their lives.


At Choices, we have a long history of activating this level of change. We work in close cooperation with referring therapists to facilitate lasting recovery. Participating in our Weekend and Five Day Intensive Programs and in group, individual and family therapy, our clients become able to:

  • Break out of denial around addictive behavior and its real consequences, whether with food, alcohol, drugs, sex, money or gambling•   Make honest contact with others;
  • Receive support in letting go of anger, grief, loneliness, and fear;
  • Practice making changes in an environment of support and encouragement;
  • Identify and move into the next step in their growth and recovery;
  • Take personal responsibility for their emotional wellbeing and ability to function in relationships, at work, in social interaction, and financial responsibility.




Here at Choices, psychodrama is the primary form of group treatment augmented by family systems and structural therapy. Psychodrama is a highly effective method of treatment in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives.


The psychotherapist guides the client as he or she explores powerful feelings from the past; leading the client to the clarity necessary to motivate change in the present and to experience the power of honest, caring interactions with others.