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 Depression and anxiety are the chief areas that one addresses when entering a high quality residential treatment facility.  At AToN Center, we specialize in using multiple evidence-based approaches to help our residents. Depression and anxiety are chief among the host of emotions that one typically suffers from when using or abusing drugs or alcohol. The individual believes that long term drug abuse is his/her only or “best” option to relive their pain. This pain may include, but be limited to, emotional, physical, economic, financial, family and post traumatic stressors.

At AToN Center, our highly trained staff specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), SMART Recovery, 12 Step approaches, biofeedback, EMDR, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, individual and group sessions, as well as a host of rewarding holistic approaches including yoga, watsu, and outings in beautiful San Diego. This comprehensive package of approaches helps our residents with depression and anxiety to become empowered. At AToN Center, we excel in helping our residents to both identify and address the causes of one’s depression and anxiety, including the fear of living a highly successful life free of drugs and alcohol.

Research from The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)  articulates clearly the importance of using CBT strategies when addressing depression and anxiety.

CBT is perhaps one of the most frequently used psychotherapeutic orientations, with considerable research supporting its effectiveness and adaptability in clinical practice. As cognitive therapy seeks to change behavior by challenging maladaptive thoughts, behavioral therapy employs more direct, yet complimentary methods, such as pairing reinforcing stimuli with a desired behavior or aversive stimuli with an undesired behavior. While the efficacy of CBT has been firmly established in the treatment of a variety of disorders and problems, its history and utility are deeply rooted in the treatment of anxiety and depression symptoms.

I encourage anyone suffering from anxiety and depression, in addition to substance abuse, to visit AToN Center and learn more about our therapeutic programs.

Chris McDuffie
RRW, CADCA

Chemical Dependency Counselor