Behavior Modification Programs and Treatment

The Behavior Modification Treatment Model is based upon a premise of re-learning acquired behavior.  Behavior modification is used to change behavior or reduce maladaptive behavior by means of techniques that include negative and positive reinforcement, imposing environmental limitations, goal setting, and conditioning.  The term behavior modification is first introduced by Edward Thorndike in 1911.

Behavior Modification Treatment Methods

Negative Reinforcement-Negative reinforcement involves informing a patient of their inappropriate or unacceptable behavior.  The goal is for the patient to modify their behavior to a more appropriate level.  Negative reinforcement can range from mild to a lock up situation. Including behavior modification treatment programs for drug addiction.

Positive Reinforcement-Positive reinforcement involves praise or reward for the purpose of encouraging a positive self-image.  The giving of a reward should not be perceived as flattery, bribery, or manipulation.

Imposing Environmental Limitations-In this technique, elements or stimuli in the environment are reduced or removed to stop and prevent undesirable behavior patterns from emerging.  As an example, removing pastries or processed foods from access to an exercise group encourages more positive and healthy foods.

Goal Setting-Goal setting involves remaining committed to an established objective.  Goal setting replaces undesirable behaviors (e.g., behaviors in conflict with the goal) with activities and behaviors that are in keeping with the agenda of the program.

Conditioning-The classical method of conditioning associates undesirable behavior with an external event.  For example, expressing shame when a child steals is a negative reinforcement that conditions the child to value honesty.

Burning Tree Offers a Continuum of Core Values and Care

Burning Tree provides a safe structure that is designed to enhance independent and healthful living.  Our long-term, residential rehabilitation program offers a wide range of traditional and holistic approaches to therapy in addition to “real life” encounters that reinforce relapse prevention.  During the initial phase of recovery at Burning Tree, patients process a treatment intensive approach in which motivating behaviors are created in support of a lifestyle of sobriety.  When motivational behaviors and internal values of recovery are firmly integrated, patients are given an opportunity to redefine vocational skills, job skills, and other learning pursuits as designed between each individual and their counselor.  By working from the inside of the problem to re-entering mainstream society, our patients transition through a structured environment that follows their progress and commitment to recovery.  Come to Burning Tree and discover the keys that will unlock your future.  Call or visit your nearest drug and alcohol rehabilitation program today.


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