How Does Therapy Help With Addiction Recovery?

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Counseling and therapy for addiction help individuals in recovery understand what causes addiction, learn to recognize risk factors for relapse and develop tools for coping with stressful situations. Certified addiction therapists help patients find motivation, develop skills and improve relationships to support recovery. With no drugs or alcohol in the body, the patient can move on and meet with a treatment team, as well as with other patients in the program. Addiction therapists work with patients to address the psychological addiction to drugs or alcohol through individual therapy sessions, group therapy, 12-step programs, and other therapeutic modalities.

Addiction therapy in groups provides a number of benefits. These can include minimizing the sense of isolation that often accompanies addiction, sharing experiences and feedback on the challenges in early sobriety, and providing peer support and motivation to remain sober. Group therapy also aims to help patients connect with one another on an emotional level, which can help build bonds that will provide support outside of treatment. Peer support is an integral part of recovery from addiction.

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Therapists who specialize in addiction recovery can often help people who are addicted set achievable and empowering short-term goals as they work to overcome their addiction. Once sobriety is achieved, adaptive skills can be developed as the person works to regain physical and emotional health, and the therapist can begin to explore the source or cause of the addiction with the person in treatment as the person begins to employ the new coping strategies. Together, the therapist and the person being treated can work to set long-term goals that may include rebuilding damaged relationships, accepting responsibility for actions, and releasing guilt.

With addiction therapy, a person who has become dependent on drugs or alcohol is often more likely to overcome an addiction, and several types of therapy are helpful in this process. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing therapy—a person-centered therapy that relies on the person’s inspiration to change—have demonstrated effectiveness in this arena. Sometimes therapy provides a supplemental form of support for someone who is attending a self-help group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous; in fact, some therapies are specifically geared toward facilitating 12-step programs. Rehab, or inpatient treatment, is also an option for some of those who may experience difficulty achieving sobriety as an outpatient.

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Gender-Specific Treatment

When women and men find their ways into gender-specific treatment for substance abuse, both genders are more likely to stay in treatment longer, which increases their chances of a more successful recovery. Men benefit from men’s only treatment programs for many reasons. Socially, men are not expected to be emotional or expressive with their feelings. In fact, the social stigma is the opposite, meaning that men have a societal pressure to maintain a stoic emotional appearance. However, when in the confines of a therapeutic environment with other men, these individuals can begin to open up without feeling judged or embarrassed in front of female patients.

If you feel that you or someone you love might gain a strong foothold in recovery through a gender-specific treatment program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help. Additionally, if you know a woman who is in need of substance abuse treatment, we have strong referral partners in the behavioral health field that can meet their needs best. Call us today and we’d be happy to discuss all of your treatment options and get you on the path to sobriety!


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