Treatment Philosophy

The Center for Rapid Recovery's treatment philosophy presumes that cultural norms, behavioral codes and values are inextricably linked to health outcomes and have a considerable impact on how patients’ access and response to services. The influence of cultural background upon a society’s definition of illness and appropriate illness behavior has been well documented by numerous and anthropological field studies. In general these studies have shown that perception and definition of illness, the function it serves, the medical care sought, and the adjustments made are rooted in social-group factors- religious beliefs, group values, family organization, and child–rearing practices. CRR’s philosophy is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy and based on the belief that there are culturally-determined differences in the perception of how problems are identified experienced and resolved. CRR treatment philosophy also includes the fact that people do not change their beliefs base because it makes sense to others.  At CRR we believe people change their beliefs when they begin to doubt it. CRR stands on the platform that you can recover if you want to and utilize a strength based competency model to examine the cultural context of risk behaviors.

For clients in a clinical treatment track, CRR utilizes proprietary algorithms to establish culturally relevant, strength-based partnerships between the patient/physician and counselor. Having identified a host of treatment access barriers, CRR has incorporated an acknowledgement of basic health beliefs (typically embraced by African, Caribbean and Latino populations) into a series of surveys to identify beliefs that may impede or enhance access to care and impact health outcomes. The health belief surveys are administered as a pre-test, and then re-administered to each client as a repeated measure on a quarterly basis. The counseling session establishes a client therapist partnership and a welcoming forum to discuss beliefs, behaviors, hopes and fears. Beliefs are discussed for content and segregated into one or two categories, those which impede or improve health outcomes. Comparing questionnaire results over time enables CRR to monitor changes in beliefs about disease transmission, health management, and treatment compliance. Changes in perception are validated by comparing them to other outcome measures, including decreases in viral load, compliance with a prescribed medical regime, including a reduction of alcohol and illicit substances and adherence to the therapy visit schedule.