Our Approach: Overview

Cognitive behavioral therapy and holistic programming underlie all clinical services offered at Bonfire Behavioral Health.  All clinical interactions have the goal of enhancing members’ insight by assisting listening, accepting their perspectives while aiding them in setting concrete, achievable goals. Individuals will practice skills to move them to the next phase of their recovery and challenge old belief systems that have possibly prevented them from succeeding in their recovery goals in the past.

Bonfire Behavioral Health requires clients to abstain from all illicit substances in order to participate in its program.

Expectations of Group Participants

(Subject to change based on needs of the group)

1) Attendance to at least 3 community based self-help group per week is expected.

2) Complete all written or reading assignments that the group covers in session and be expected to discuss in the following group.

3) Come prepared to group on time, with any concerns or questions that may be helpful in educating self on substance use disorders or mental health related concerns.

Program Schedule


Intensive Outpatient Program:   8-10 weeks total depending on medical necessity/insurance coverage (meets 3 times per week)


Family Invitation

Group members are encouraged to bring their families along with them in their journey of recovery. We offer individual sessions with the client and their family to explore relationships and educate the family on the nature of addiction.

Sessions are not mandatory but highly encouraged as substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders can bring misunderstanding and resentment that can become an obstacle in recovery for the family system without proper support and guidance.


Mindfulness/ Acceptance/ Forgiveness/ Motivational Enhancement Skills

Mindfulness is the window to acceptance, awareness and wisdom. This approach has proven highly effective in teaching people to be more in tune with self, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Through learned skills in group discussion and group activities, individuals will learn to use skills that foster individuality, health and wellness. This group draws from the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, who focused on mindfulness based cognitive therapy. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. 

Acceptance allows for self-awareness and forgiveness. This group skill draws from the theory of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This method is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. The main focus of this method is: Accept your reactions and be present. Choose a valued direction. Take action. Individuals will practice acceptance skills within daily living and grow in understanding and effectiveness within interpersonal relationships to help balance and sustain long term recovery.

Forgiveness helps individuals become more accepting of their view of self through acknowledgment of a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder, that is formulated through a disease and brain based illness concept, as well as environmental etiology. Individuals become empowered to make changes, or move through the stages of change model, towards long term abstinence and sustainable recovery.


Communication Skills / Relationships and Addiction / Family Dynamics

Communication Skill Building: This skill building group teaches individuals important lessons and provides opportunity to include new ways to communicate. Skills are drawn from a variety of effective modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Clients will draw from their own experiences through a solutions focused approach to improve and practice new techniques in their interpersonal relationships. to sustain recovery and healthy relationships.

Relationships and Addiction: Substance Use Disorders and co-occurring disorders have a severe impact on interpersonal relationships and family dynamics. Through Motivational Interviewing techniques and Cognitive Behavioral intervention, this group creates a safe environment for individuals to explore their close relationships and discern between healthy and maladaptive relationships between self and friends, support systems, and family. Members will learn and practice creating new relationships, amending strained relationships, and creating recovery support systems to engage in recovery related activities. Conflict resolution skills will help the group members to identify and change old patterns and behaviors to achieve meaningful, long lasting relationships with their peers and family members.


Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention draws from the personal experiences of the group members to identify and discern between recovery related thought processes and maladaptive cognitive distortions. Group members will dedicate time to learn what triggers and social or environmental cues may precipitate a relapse while integrating recovery skills to learn new thinking and action planning to avoid substance use. Members will also become familiar with management of co-occurring symptoms and learn healthy, effective ways to facilitate self-care. Individuals will become familiar with the cycle of Addiction and determine safety plans that will guide them in early recovery as they engage in setting up healthy recovery support systems. Members will also dedicate time to develop a relapse prevention plan and identify relapse prevention strategies to practice to ensure solid long term recovery.