The Role Of Therapy Within Addiction Treatment

There are numerous forms of therapy, and just as each person and their situation is unique, so might be the treatment and subsequent form or forms of therapy. Many individuals find that therapy which integrates more than one approach might work best to serve their needs. An addiction is a dynamic, multi-faceted affliction. For these reasons, the most appropriate and successful treatment needs to engage a person on many levels. However, each person and their circumstances are different, so the form of therapy that is most successful can vary from individual to individual.

Harnessing Your Thoughts, Emotions, And Beliefs

An addiction stems from and takes a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional states. Therapy will teach you to protect and strengthen these things by better understanding and controlling your thoughts and behaviors. Negative thoughts, behaviors, and reactions to situations can create a shaky foundation on which a drug addiction can take hold. Therapy will help you learn how to stop a negative thoughts or reactions before they transform into a negative action that might precede or become drug use and abuse.

Many times within an addiction there are other underlying, comorbid disorders, such as anxiety and depression that either birth, aggravate, or result from substance abuse and addiction. Therapy is an essential part in combating this. A person can’t fully recover if only one disorder is treated. If these things aren’t treated at the same time, it would be counterproductive because they could continue to exacerbate the addiction, negating a large part of your progress within your recovery.

Therapy helps patients work past problems that trigger them to abuse drugs or alcohol.

These triggers may include:

  • Everyday stress from work, home life or general anxiety
  • Environmental cues, such as going to places that caused past trauma
  • Socializing with others who use drugs and alcohol

By going through therapy in rehab, patients like you learn how to be strong against triggers. It’s possible to learn how to stop cravings and cope with daily life with continued freedom from alcohol or drug abuse. Therapy is the path to that learning and freedom.

Types Of Therapy

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR therapy then facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, and negative beliefs are reformulated to bring new comfort to our client.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

(Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was developed as a method to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking, and later it was adapted for cocaine-addicted individuals. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse and to address a range of other problems that often co-occur with it.

Art therapy

The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits, and our therapists can work with you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.

Music therapy

Music therapy is an approach that uses music in a prescribed manner as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving your emotional well-being. Music Therapy is a creative arts therapy similar to others such as Art, Dance, and Drama Therapy. It is, however, unique in that music provides an accessible and enjoyable medium for growth and learning. It is a healing art, based on scientific principles and grounded in research.

Family counseling

Treatment can have better outcomes if our client’s family or close associates are also involved in the process. In fact, if the family does not become involved in learning about substance abuse and the role it can play in the dynamics of the family, it might actually hinder the recovery process if family members continue their dysfunctional or enabling behaviors. Therefore our treatment team incorporates family therapy techniques into their treatment protocol.

Holistic therapies

Holistic treatment focuses on the idea that each person can take charge of their own well-being. Our treatment team focuses on modeling unconditional positive regard, love and support for each client. Each patient shall be treated as a person and not as their disorder or addiction. We strongly believe that everyone has the potential to better themselves.

Life skills development

Life skills are abilities and behaviors that help you effectively deal with the events and challenges of everyday life. They are the skills that allow you to handle everything from interactions with others to identifying and processing your emotions.

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