Good question! Many people ask what sets Monument's therapy and therapists apart. Here are 5 reasons Monument therapy is effective in helping people change their relationship with alcohol: 

1. It's personalized to you.

Your therapist will work with you to understand your goals for sobriety or moderation, and what success looks like to you. Then they will build a personalized curriculum of therapy sessions incorporating evidence-based treatment methods that align with your unique needs. 

Unhealthy drinking is often accompanied by co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety or depression, and is intensified by trauma, stressors and societal impact. Each of these aspects cannot be treated solely by one treatment method, but the right combination of treatment tailored to your specific needs can alleviate and resolve multiple issues simultaneously.

"One of the most useful steps to take during your recovery process is committing to a therapy program that is specifically tailored to you and your needs.” — Laura Diamond, LMHC, EdM, MA;  Monument Advisor

2. It’s based in industry-leading methods and research. 

Your therapist will use treatment methods that have been proven to help people change their unhealthy drinking behaviors. These methods include:

  • Motivational Interviewing: Motivational interviewing helps people resolve uncertain or indecisive feelings and insecurities and find the internal motivation they need to make a change.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT explores patterns of behavior leading to self-destructive actions and thoughts, and helps people build coping mechanisms and new, positive behaviors. 
  • Contingency Management: Contingency management enforces positive behaviors and helps people obtain and maintain their goals through motivational incentives.

3. It’s designed to produce significant results in a set amount of time.  

You deserve to get results. Your therapy program will include phases of treatment that build upon each other until you reach your goal. Your therapist will use the specific tools and methods that they believe will work best for you. While everyone is different, here’s an example of what phases of a therapy program might look like.

  • Orientation
  • Goal setting
  • Identifying negative thoughts and beliefs
  • Challenging negative thoughts and beliefs
  • Behavioral activation
  • Problem solving
  • Relaxation
  • Ending treatment and maintaining (or staying in treatment and maintaining changes)

Each therapy phase can include multiple sessions. While the recommended length of your therapy program will be determined by your therapist, that choice is ultimately up to you. The average program is about one year long.

4. It’s led by therapists with deep expertise and passion. 

Our therapists have dedicated their lives and careers to helping people change their relationship with alcohol, and they are on your team. In addition to being thoroughly vetted and background checked by the Monument Team, they have years of relevant experience, and are all proficient  in cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy.

If you want to meet some of our therapists in a group setting, you can sign up for our therapist-moderated support groups.

5. We know it can be challenging, and we’re in this together. 

This can be an intimidating process, and we’ll guide you through it. Your therapy sessions won’t begin with “tell me how you’re feeling today.”  Your therapist will provide structure, guidance, and support. 

And it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. The ability to manage negative or uncomfortable emotions is one of the fundamental components of this journey. You’ll learn to sit with your emotions, whether they are negative, positive, neither or both. Many times, the only way to do this is by implementing some form of mindfulness and learning to self-regulate, and your therapist will help you get here. 

We’re honored to be on this journey with you.