Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-focused addiction treatment therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that uses direct observations to help bring about lasting change in negative behaviors.
Our Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT) program is exactly what it says; it is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. It’s a great way to tackle chronic and serious cases of substance use disorder patients that are difficult to motivate and prone to high rates of relapse.
What is Solution-Focused Therapy?
At On Call Treatment our Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach, which helps our clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, a future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change.
Our SFBT therapy for treating addiction is based on the following assumptions:
- Change is constant and certain
- Emphasis should be on what is changeable and possible
- Clients must truly want to change for the better
- Clients are the experts in therapy and must develop their own goals
- Clients already have the resources and strengths to solve their problems
- Therapy is short-term and does not last forever
- The focus must be on the future—a client’s history is not a key part of this type of therapy
- All things are interconnected
- Opposites can be combined to form a closer calculation of the truth
- Change is a constant thing and is inevitable
Can SFBT Be Combined with Other Treatments?
Solution-focused behavioral therapy (SFBT) can be done as a therapeutic intervention by itself, or it can be combined with other therapy styles and treatments. It is used to treat people of all ages and a variety of issues, including child behavioral problems, family dysfunction, and domestic or child abuse, addiction, and relationship problems. Though it is not a cure for psychiatric disorders such as depression or schizophrenia, SFBT may help to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from these conditions.
Solution-Focused Therapy has been used successfully in individual therapy and with both families and couples. Developed with the primary intention of helping those in therapy to find solutions to challenges, the approach has expanded to address issues in other areas of life, such as schools and workplaces. Individuals from different cultures, backgrounds, and age groups have all been shown to benefit from this type of therapy.
Solution-Focused Behavioral Therapy for Addiction
SFBT can be used to treat many issues. It is most often used to address challenges for a person that is further in their treatment program where progress has occurred. This is still a treatment program in its infancy and there is still research to be done.
Everyone is different and reacts to treatment in different ways. One major criticism of the quality of the program is that its quick, goal-oriented nature may not allow therapists the necessary time to empathize with what people in treatment are experiencing. As such, those in therapy may feel misunderstood if the therapist is not meeting them on their emotional level.
Again, this is just one option in the many treatment programs we offer. It is best to see which best suits the client and the client’s situation.
Let On Call Treatment Help You
On-Call Treatment Center is an addiction treatment program where we include Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) levels of care. We pride ourselves on staying true to our name. At On Call Treatment, we are available 24/7 to help in any and every way that we can. Please feel free to take advantage of our comprehensive recovery-related services in person, virtually, or over the phone. We serve men and women of all ages in our state-of-the-art Waltham, Massachusetts addiction treatment facility with a strength-based focus that exceeds the norm.