Alpine Recovery Lodge Relapse Case Study

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Introduction There are many ways for people to receive help for problems. Whether they decide to take a spiritual, personal, or professional approach, there are always options! Throughout the United States, there are multiple facilities for a wide array of problems such as drug addiction, schizophrenia, and other behavioral problems people may face. Someone should never be looked down upon for seeking help, but should rather be praised for wanting to take action and wanting help. Alpine Recovery Lodge, located at the base of the mountains in Alpine, Utah is an inpatient therapy facility that specializes treatment for those struggling with addiction to both drugs (including prescription drugs) and alcohol. The areas of specialization at this…show more content…
They teach patients about warning signs that indicate a relapse might be on the brink as well as what to do if they find themselves in a situation where the warning signs present themselves. The team focuses on helping their patients attain and maintain sobriety. One of the ways they try to do this is through life coaching. Some of the common relapse triggers that the website lists are, financial struggles, exhaustion, impatience, and depression. The last therapy listed is emotional processing. This therapy aims at, “helping patients identify negative belief patterns they have developed and reinforced” (Utah Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers). It helps to identify which perceptions the patient has developed that may not be valid and may contribute to addictive behaviors. Emotional processing is set to help patients work through their emotions in a safe place where they will not feel judged. The hope is that the patient will realize the underlying emotional issue of their…show more content…
Behavior therapy was studied by Ivan Pavlov and his famous dog study in which dogs were conditioned to salivate upon hearing a bell. It was later continued to be studied by John Watson who has the famous “Little Albert” study in which an 11-month old infant was conditioned to be scared of fuzzy white things because a rat was paired with a loud noise. The conclusion of the two conditioning experiences was that, behaviors followed by satisfying experiences tend to increase in frequency and behaviors followed by aversive experiences tend to decrease in frequency” (Thoma, 2015). Watson’s assistant Mary Jones, used this principle to clinical applications reasoning that, “if conditioning could be used to induce a phobia, perhaps it could be used to undo a phobia as well” (Thoma, 2015). Thus, behavior therapy was developed and began being used for
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