Types of Therapy: How Specialized Programs Can Help You Recover

Types of Therapy

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Types of Therapy

Types of Therapy

There are a variety of therapeutic techniques that can help you manage your issues and achieve lasting recovery and wellness. At our treatment center, we offer a full continuum of therapies to meet YOUR unique needs, addressing both psychological and physiological aspects of mental illness to set you up for lasting success.

Effective treatment elements include a range of therapies, such as:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used and evidence-based forms of psychotherapy. Numerous studies over several decades have demonstrated CBT's effectiveness in treating a broad range of mental and behavioral health issues. For many conditions, CBT is regarded as a frontline treatment and foundational to evidence-based practice.

CBT helps you modify your dysfunctional thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that lead to substance abuse. You can learn coping skills and practice applying them to real-world scenarios. CBT also identifies addiction triggers and develops strategies to avoid or manage them.

Some examples of how CBT helps:

  • Identifying distorted thinking patterns that justify addictive behaviors (like denial or catastrophizing) and replacing them with realistic thoughts
  • Building awareness of cravings and tools to overcome them
  • Learning to tolerate distress or uncomfortable emotions without using drugs or alcohol
  • Developing healthy social support systems and limit-setting skills
  • Fostering motivation and self-efficacy to make positive changes
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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based approach that helps you build critical coping skills to prevent relapse and manage difficult emotions. According to an article published by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), multiple studies and systematic reviews have found that DBT significantly reduces suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors among individuals with borderline personality disorder.

DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices. You can learn distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

DBT can help you:

  • Tolerate cravings or emotional distress without reacting self-destructively
  • Develop healthy coping outlets like journaling, exercise, meditating, etc.
  • Improve relationships through assertive (not aggressive) communication
  • Reality test urges us to use and weigh short-term effects vs. long-term consequences
  • Practice self-validation and change self-judgmental inner dialogue
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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a scientifically supported treatment method that has undergone thorough investigation for its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related illnesses that might lead to substance dependence. This technique employs bilateral stimulation of your brain's hemispheres by means of eye movements, tapping, or audio tones during the processing of traumatic memories.

According to a comprehensive review by the EMDR Institute, more than 30 controlled studies support the efficacy of EMDR therapy for PTSD. Some studies reported that up to 90% of trauma survivors had remission of PTSD symptoms after as few as 3 EMDR sessions.

Benefits of EMDR include:

  • Rapidly processing past traumas that are triggering substance abuse
  • Reducing intense emotions, nightmares, and flashbacks
  • Improving self-esteem and trust
  • Enhancing coping skills and resilience
  • Decreasing urges to self-medicate painful memories
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Experiential therapy utilizes therapeutic activities to promote healing, growth, and behavioral change. This allows you to process your emotions and past experiences through creative action versus just talking.

Examples include art, music, or dance therapy, psychodrama, wilderness programs, yoga, meditation, equine therapy, gardening, adventure therapy, and more.

Benefits of experiential therapy include:

  • Expressing emotions in a healthy creative outlet
  • Building confidence and self-discovery
  • Improving focus and mental clarity
  • Reducing anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Developing healthy coping mechanisms
  • Fostering insight into behaviors and relationships
  • Cultivating self-reflection through activities like journaling
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Trauma-informed therapy recognizes how trauma drives substance abuse for many people. Therapists at our facility help you process your traumatic memories, feelings, and beliefs through modalities like cognitive processing therapy. Developing resilience, coping skills, and healthy relationships promotes post-traumatic growth.

A trauma-informed approach creates a safe, compassionate environment for healing.

Our trauma-informed therapies help you:

  • Build safety, trust, and compassionate support
  • Develop autonomy, empowerment, and coping skills
  • Process traumatic memories and emotions
  • Challenge internal beliefs shaped by trauma
  • Integrate experiences into a coherent life narrative
  • Prevent retraumatization during treatment
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Individual therapy enables our therapists to tailor treatment to your specific needs. Individual therapy helps you identify triggers, teaches coping techniques, provides motivation, and gives guidance through challenging times. Having a trusted therapist who listens to you without judgment creates a safe space for self-reflection and growth.

Some benefits of individual therapy include:

  • Establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship
  • Exploring how addiction is related to one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Building self-esteem, confidence, and motivation
  • Learning to cope with stress, emotions, and relationships
  • Customizing treatment goals and techniques
  • Troubleshooting problems and preventing relapse
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Group therapy gives you a safe space to share experiences with peers and give and receive support. Led by our skilled therapists, group therapy builds trust, teach interpersonal skills, and model healthy communication. Members motivate each other and provide different perspectives.

Support groups are also very beneficial for maintaining sobriety after completing treatment. Accountability and camaraderie help prevent relapse.

Group therapy provides:

  • Shared experiences that reduce feelings of isolation
  • Positive peer pressure to stay sober and engage in treatment
  • Real-life practice communicating, listening, and resolving conflicts
  • A community of understanding that builds confidence
  • Exposure to diverse viewpoints and feedback
  • Motivation through celebrating individual and group successes
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Addiction strains family relationships, so it's essential to involve loved ones in treatment. Family therapy repairs trust, improves communication and understanding, and resolves conflicts. Your loved ones learn how to best support your recovery goals rather than enabling addictive behaviors. Healthier family dynamics reinforce sobriety, too.

Family counseling helps you:

  • Restore love, repair betrayals of trust
  • Establish healthy boundaries and improve family functioning
  • Enhance communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Address any family member's mental health needs
  • Support and strengthen family recovery together
  • Learn relapse prevention strategies
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Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic style focused on building your internal motivation and commitment to change. It explores ambivalence surrounding addiction in a nonjudgmental way. MI helps you resolve the discrepancy between your desired goals and current behaviors. The therapist expresses empathy, instills hope, and promotes self-efficacy.

MI employs strategies like:

  • Expressing empathy and listening reflectively
  • Developing discrepancy between goals and continued substance use
  • Rolling with resistance to avoid arguing for change
  • Building self-efficacy and confidence
  • Reinforcing personal reasons and desire for change
  • Planning practical action steps toward recovery
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When combined with therapy, certain medications can be beneficial in addiction recovery. Medication-assisted treatment alleviates your withdrawal symptoms, reduces drug cravings, and blocks euphoric effects. This allows you to focus on counseling and behavior changes. MAT provides time for brain healing and learning new coping skills.

Common MAT medications include:

  • Methadone: For treating opioid addiction
  • Buprenorphine: Also used for opioid addiction
  • Naltrexone: Blocks opioid receptors and alcohol cravings
  • Acamprosate: Reduces alcohol cravings and withdrawal
  • Disulfiram: Causes an adverse reaction if alcohol is consumed
  • Naltrexone: Treats alcohol and opioid dependence
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative therapeutic approach that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate mood-regulating areas of your brain. Sessions are very safe, non-invasive, and cause minimal side effects.

During TMS therapy, an electromagnetic coil is placed near your forehead to deliver focused magnetic pulses. This painlessly activates the regions of your brain involved in mood, addiction, reward, and cognitive control.

Treatments are typically 5 days a week for 4-6 weeks. Our providers may recommend TMS alone or in combination with psychotherapy and medications.

Benefits of TMS include:

  • Rapidly reduces depression, anxiety, and cravings
  • Requires no sedation - clients are awake and alert
  • Enhances motivation, energy, and clarity
  • Provides lasting remission when combined with therapy
  • Well tolerated with minimal side effects
  • Allows rapid return to normal activities
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Many people struggling with addiction also have co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, or bipolar disorder. This requires integrated treatment that addresses both conditions at the same time. Treating just one issue while ignoring the other reduces effectiveness.

Dual diagnosis treatment provides psychiatric care, counseling, and medications to simultaneously stabilize both disorders.

Benefits of our dual diagnosis program include:

  • Licensed mental health professionals
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Group therapy for dual disorders
  • Coping skills for psychiatric symptoms
  • Relapse prevention for both issues
  • Aftercare planning for ongoing recovery
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Why Professional Treatment is Essential

Why Professional Treatment Is Essential

There’s one more thing drug addiction and mental disorders have in common: Left untreated, they can be fatal. Whether it’s through overdose or self-harm, these disorders will slowly strangle your life until nothing’s left.

Fortunately, the right therapies can help you or your loved one break free from addiction and reclaim a joyful, purpose-filled life. Our experienced team will design a customized treatment plan using evidence-based therapies tailored to your needs.

With an individualized treatment plan tailored to your situation, you have the tools and support needed to stop self-destructive cycles. Our proven therapies augment your natural inner strength and resilience. You can reclaim a healthy, fulfilling life in recovery.

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