Capstone's Therapy Approach

The Core Model is an Integrated Systems Model that incorporates the best of Marriage and Family Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Adventure Therapy with issue-driven specialty training in trauma and multiple addictions. It is an issue-driven model and not a model-driven model, if you will, so we can customize our approach to each unique client and family. All of this is built on the foundation of Christian Intimacy Theory; every person has been created by God, and in the image of God, to love and be loved at a core-to-core level of intimacy. Addiction is an intimacy disorder according to Patrick Carnes and other research. People who have deep, quality, rich relationships, in other words, core-to-core intimacy, don’t develop addictions or are not relapsing in their addictions.

Therefore, Capstone’s therapy approach targets any area that is preventing a client from developing a core-to-core level of intimacy with self, God, family, and friends; that is threatening his life and quality of life, and that is damaging his life’s potential.

Addiction Or Addiction-in-the-making (Compulsions)

  • Chemical Addiction: Drug, Alcohol
  • Process Addictions: Sex, Pornography, Video-gaming, Internet


  • Big-T and Little-T Trauma: attachment issues, abandonment, relinquishment, neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, losses, rejections, and deaths of loved ones

Family Conflict

  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Marital Conflict
  • Sibling Conflict

Behavioral and Attitude Issues

  • Defiance
  • Entitlement
  • Idleness
  • Anger Issues
  • Irresponsibility
  • Apathy
  • Laziness
  • Over-Indulgence
  • School-Legal Problems

Co-Occurring Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD

Using the Core Model, we initially focus on the discovery of the core underpinning issues, what lies beneath, not just the symptoms. From this discovered information, we develop and implement the therapy plan. The thoroughness of the Core Model is essential for the most effective and long-lasting results.

Capstone works with clients who have addictions, as well as those who meet the criteria for other disorders. However, we do not identify our clients as “addicts” or “disorders” but instead, as young men who have hurts and struggles that have resulted in the condition of having developed an addiction or meeting the criteria for a disorder. Capstone goes to the core of what is causing these struggles and treats the whole person in the contexts of his past, present, and future.

Sobriety is a primary goal and works in a synergy with other primary goals: healing his hurts, filling his inner voids, rebuilding his core to core relationships, and developing his gifts and self-competency. Capstone’s goal in using the Core Model is that each young man turns his life’s direction toward living a life that is healthy, balanced, and fruitful, even in the presence of an addiction.

If you or a loved one would like more information about Capstone Treatment Center, please call us today at 866-729-4479 for a free phone consultation or email

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