With suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States among individuals aged 10 – 34, and 1 in 5 adults battling a mental illness, the need for quality behavioral health care and innovative scientific advancements has never been more prevalent. Yet without addressing the core psychological distress behind an individual’s mental health or substance use disorder, many will continue to live lives dominated by these difficult but ever-present behavioral health concerns.
Since our inception, we at Retreat have remained dedicated to addressing the heart of these issues, eradicating the stigmas that surround them, and embracing the innovative thinking that can lead to tangible treatment options.
Dr. Brian Berman, PSYD
Choice Point for Substances (CHOPS)
In the realm of scientific inquiry, research is constantly evolving. Yet, there exists very little in-depth research when it comes to substance use, most especially in inpatient settings.
– Dr. Berman
Dr. Brian Berman is a full-time clinical psychologist at Retreat Behavioral Health and heads the Retreat Research Team. Dr. Berman and his team aim to advance the science of evidence-based practices for substance use and mental health disorders. Their research on the “Choice Point” Model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has aided Dr. Berman in developing Choice Point for Substances (CHOPS), a cutting-edge intervention for substance use and co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Berman and his team are the foremost authority on the application Choice Point for Substances. Their research study “The Choice Point Model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Inpatient Substance Use and Co-occurring Populations: A Pilot Study,” was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychology. A contemporary approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders, CHOPS evidenced tangible results for Retreat residents. The study demonstrated that residents who completed CHOPS programming exhibited greater emotional acceptance, healthier life choices, and increases self-compassion. In other words, patients were less likely to escape emotional pain and were better able to engage in self-kindness and effective decision making. This is significant and suggests that Retreat residents learn the mental health and recovery skills necessary for success!
Additionally, because benefits occurred within the first two weeks, Retreat residents may expect improvement early in treatment. Observed “sleeper effects” suggest that therapeutic benefits were not only maintained after discharge but improved upon following treatment. This finding is particularly exciting as it indicates that CHOPS programming at Retreat helps patients continue to develop their skills in the long-term.
Dr. Berman’s Publications
Berman, B. M. & Kurlancheek, K. (2021). The Choice Point Model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Inpatient Substance Use and Co-occurring Populations: A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1-14. DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2021.758356
Berman, B. M., Kurlancheek, K., Hartranft, B., & Longenecker, T. (2020). Treatment Maintenance and Beyond with Substance Use Disorders: A Sleeper Effect. Poster presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conference. Virtual.
Berman, B. M., Kurlancheek, K., Hartranft, B., & Longenecker, T. (2020). Treatment Adherence with Substance Use Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Approach. PsychExtra.
Berman, B. M., Kurlancheek, K., & Hartranft, B. (2020).Transdiagnostic and Compassionate Innovations in Relapse Prevention. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 14(6), e382-e424. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000742
Berman, B. M., Troncale, J., Kurlancheek, K., Hartranft, B. & Ramsey, K. (2019). The Choice Point Model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in an Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Setting: A Pilot Study. Substance Abuse. 40(4), 389-391. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2019.1695039
Berman, B. M. (2017, April). Supercharging Recovery with Exposure Therapy. Sober World, 6 (4), 16.
Berman, B. M. (2016, March). Self-Compassion: A Bridge to Recovery. The 12 Step Gazette, (58), 34.
Berman, B. M. (2016, February). Values Illness. Sober World, 5 (2), 10.