Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Center’s programs for addiction to alcohol and drugs provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve participants who – just like you — are seeking to recover from substance abuse disorder and maintain their sobriety. Depending on a patient’s individual needs and our recommended addiction treatment plan, a therapist may recommend group therapy in addition to individual psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. It may be the group format is better suited for the patient or the concern they are dealing with, or the specific type of addiction treatment has a group therapy component (such as dialectical behavior therapy).
Participants in group therapy for addiction recovery improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from other group members also undergoing treatment for substance abuse disorders. The group format, does not provide the one-on-one attention of individual formats, but has several advantages that improve one’s likelihood to overcome addiction and help sustain their recovery from alcohol and drug abuse
Similar to family therapy, group therapy is a style that can incorporate any of the psychotherapy schools. The advantages of group therapy include:
Our programs can provide the patient with feedback from other people who are also in recovery from alcohol and drugs. Getting different perspectives is often helpful in promoting growth, change and self-awareness that can be helpful in sustaining sobriety and addiction recovery.
By seeing how others handle similar challenges in undergoing addiction treatment and maintaining sobriety, the patient can rapidly add new coping methods to his or her behaviors. This is beneficial in that it can give the patient a variety of perspectives on addiction recovery skills and methods that are helpful, seem to work and when to apply these learned sobriety maintenance skills.
Mary listens to Joan talk about how telling her husband that he hurt her feelings was more productive than simply getting angry at him and not speaking. As she listens, Mary thinks of how she might try this same strategy with her husband. She can then try out this new behavior by practicing with the men in the group.
Improve social skills
Since so much of our daily interaction is with other people, many people learn to improve their social skills in Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy (even though such an issue may not be the focus of the group). The group leader, a therapist, often helps people to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with one another in the group context. This is inevitably leads to people learning new social skills which they can generalize and use in all of their relationships with others.
Group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment. Participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and engage with others in not only receiving valuable feedback and insight from other group members, but also in giving it.
Most people who try Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy do become comfortable and familiar with the process over a short period of time (within a few weeks). Many leading addiction recovery experts, clinicians and researchers believe that the Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy process produces stronger and longer-lasting addiction recovery for many people, as compared to individual psychotherapy.
As the group members begin to feel more comfortable, you will be able to speak freely. The psychological safety of the group will allow the expression of those feelings that are often difficult to express outside of group therapy. You will begin to ask for the support you need. You will be encouraged to tell people what you expect of them.
In a group therapy setting, you probably will be most helped and satisfied if you talk about your feelings. It is important to keep in mind that you are the one who determines how much you disclose in a group. You will not be forced to tell you deepest and innermost thoughts.
Groups with greater than 12 participants undergoing treatment for addiction to alcohol and drugs should usually be avoided, as it becomes increasingly difficult for people to attain sufficient time to make the group process work as effectively as it does with smaller groups.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) for addiction treatment and recovery is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Center each client will be assigned their own personal licensed counselor and will meet a minimum of one time per week.
A drug is any substance that, once inside the body, changes how the body works.
Through education, Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Centers empowers patients struggling with addiction with the tools and understanding that they will need when facing alcohol and other drug abuse or dependency. Knowing the facts will provide better treatment for substance abuse disorders and sustained recoveries for all concerned.
Life Coach Service
At Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Center we specialize with treating people with dual diagnosis issues which normally go hand in hand, we offer life coaches who are experts in addiction and mental health recovery and can help you define, set and achieve your goals. Life coaches provide motivation and encouragement for sustaining your recovery from drugs and alcohol. The life coach’s entire role in the process is to keep you on track toward accomplishing your goals and maintaining your sobriety.
Life Skills Development
LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention training proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive training provides people with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
A healthy Self-Concept includes three skills of:
1. Know Yourself
2. Love Yourself
3. Be True To Yourself.
The Critical Thinking that is needed to work on developing and honing the rest of the skills include:
4. Having A Personal Value System
6. Have An Open Mind
7. Sense Of Humor
Personal development is an ongoing process and journey.
Trauma Based Counseling
Trauma-based counseling uses a range of techniques for the purpose of dissipating the difficult feelings experienced by a trauma victim through a change in a person’s thoughts, beliefs and behavior. The principal techniques in trauma-bassed therapy are exposure, cognitive restructuring and learning methods for emotional and physical adjustment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the process of identifying negative, irrational thought patterns which in turn influence a person’s behavior. Unhealthy thought patterns always play a role in the development of an addiction whether it’s drugs, or alcohol. By breaking the cycle of negative thinking, therapists can help addicts learn new behaviors to replace those that led to and perpetuated their addiction.
Addicts often suffer from negative thought patterns that contribute to and reinforce feelings of helplessness. In order to cope with these distressful, bleak feelings they often turn to drugs or alcohol. Positive thinking can help change this pattern so they no longer feel so overwhelmed by everyday circumstances. Individuals who are confident, can handle certain situations and are much less likely to engage in destructive behaviors in order to cope.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
During Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for drug addiction, the therapist will engage the patient in a series of role-playing, “what if” scenarios -each one is designed to help illicit the following skills:
Treating others with more respect: Drug addiction makes people selfish and unconcerned with anything. DBT teaches the recovering addict how to form meaningful, respectful relationships with new acquaintances as well as the people they may have harmed emotionally while under the influence.
Gaining more self-respect: In order for an individual to succeed in their recovery, they must first learn to love and respect themselves. Dialectical behavior therapy teaches self-reliance and the proper way to rebuild self-image.
Learning how to say NO: Perhaps the single biggest obstacle to recovery in the months following drug rehab is succumbing to temptation. By providing a series of real world scenarios to play through, the DBT program is preparing the individual for what might happen when they encounter old acquaintances or drug sources. Through DBT, the individual will learn how to say NO, and therefore put the skills they learned in rehab into play.
Studies related to addiction recovery have identified exercise as a critical component of sustaining recovery from addiction and a means to improve one’s quality of life as well as prevent, treat and manage an extensive range of conditions. Our Exercise Physiologists at Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Centers have extensive knowledge in human anatomy and physiology and employ this to design and deliver exercise and lifestyle programs tailored specifically for each individual’s recovery plan.
These are some of the key points we cover on how nutrition effects your recovery:
- How Diet and Nutrition Impact Recovery – A look at how proper diet can contribute to a state of well-being and reduce the cravings for drugs and alcohol in the early stages of recovery.
- The “Recovery Diet” – Some practical suggestions, based on nutritional studies, to help people to make good food choices.
- How Drugs & Alcohol Damage the Body – Very brief descriptions of the major areas of the body impacted by alcohol and drug use, along with some nutritional recommendations that can bring healing and promote recovery.
- Smart Snacking for People in Recovery – Experts recommend light meals with snacking in between as an aide to proper nutrition and control mood swings. Just as important is snacking on the right things.