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Abintra is a Latin word meaning "from within."  This perfectly describes our outlook on substance abuse treatment.  You have the answers.  It is our job to help you find your strength and your path to lasting change, but ultimately your answers will always come "from within..."

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We are not in the business of making decisions for people. We understand that you are an individual and should be

treated like one. We want you to make your own decisions throughout your journey of change. So, we will not push you to label yourself as alcoholic. We will not tell you that you have a problem. We will allow you to be the judge of yourself and your circumstances.

The following are key concepts that make us successful in our work with clients:


Motivational Interviewing:

Described by the authors of the groundbreaking counseling book Motivational Interviewing, this counseling technique is "a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion."  

Ryan Paul Carruthers, the Executive Director of the agency, is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and not only practices this philosophy with his client's at Abintra, but also trains other substance abuse counselors in the use of Motivational Interviewing.  Here is a brief video introduction to the concept of this communication style, which was originally designed for work with alcohol abusers:


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:

One of the most commonly used and most empirically supported modes of therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a set of related counseling techniques designed to help clients change their thoughts and emotions, which in tune adjusts their behaviors.  The techniques are the basis of most Relapse Prevention curriculla, including the RoadMAP Toolkit™*, used by Abintra.  

*The RoadMAP Toolkit™ is trademark of Treatment Research Institute and All Rights Reserved. 

The staff at Abintra actively practice Cognitive-Behavioral Therapeutic techniques.  Their original programs for Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient treatment are based on these simple principles.  Here is a brief video introduction to this therapeutic style:


Stop-Sign Analogy:

The way that we combine the use of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is through the Stop-Sign Analogy.  In the video below, our Executive Director explains the philosophy of Abintra Counseling Center, P.C. through this analogy. ​



Our approach, Another View:

Listen below as our executive director, Ryan Paul Carruthers, explains Abintra's philosophy towards helping clients on the HAMS Harm Reduction Network's blogtalkradio station:

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