Addiction Therapy at Road to Freedom
Despite what many people might think, it is possible to treat addiction and maintain lifelong sobriety. However, the addiction treatment process encompasses more than a just few days in rehab. Addiction is classified as a chronic disease, and like many diseases, it does not heal overnight. It may take weeks or even months to recover. In fact, most addiction treatment patients require long-term care to gain the knowledge and skills they need to rebuild their lives as sober individuals.
Most addiction recovery care facilities will utilize a particular outline of addiction treatment, which involves medically-assisted detoxification, prescription medication (depending on the person and the addiction), long-term care during and after treatment, and addiction therapy.
What Is Addiction Therapy?
Addiction therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on treating the psychological and emotional pain that comes with addiction. Detox may heal the body physically, but addiction therapy explores and addresses any underlying issues connected to substance abuse that patients might have— whether they know it or not. Almost all reputable rehab facilities include addiction therapy options in their programs and services.
Why is Therapy Necessary in Addiction Treatment?
Addiction therapy is such an integral part of the recovery process that getting sober on your own without it is almost impossible. This isn’t at all due to any lack of strength or motivation; rather, you can’t get sober without fully knowing what led you to addiction in the first place. After all, addiction is a complex disease that affects the brain as well as the body, so the best treatments for it focus on helping patients regain and strengthen all areas of their health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The Main Benefit of Addiction Therapy
Addiction therapy also aids in relapse prevention and long-term recovery after rehab is complete. Relapses occur when something “triggers” substance cravings within a person’ still-healing brain. These typically include specific psychological and social situations like:
- Contact with others who abuse substances
- Visiting places tied to memories of substance abuse
When people in recovery aren’t prepared to face triggers like these, the urge to use drugs or alcohol again might become too strong to resist, resulting in relapse.
Although relapse is common in addiction recovery, especially during the early stages, it can be avoided with the right preparation. In many forms of addiction therapy, patients learn how to identify, prevent, and cope with whatever triggers they may be exposed to once treatment has ended.
The Two Major Types of Therapy for Addiction Treatment
Individual Addiction Therapy
The first form of addiction therapy entails one-on-one counseling sessions with a certified therapist. Just like therapy outside of addiction treatment, the details of every conversation between a patient and therapist are entirely confidential. What makes individual addiction therapy a little different from traditional psychotherapy is that the therapist works directly with other health care professionals within the rehab to better assist the patient through the addiction recovery process.
While group addiction therapy is also a very popular model used in rehab, the most appealing benefits of individual counseling include:
- Trust building
- Therapist or counselor objectivity
- One-on-one time with a therapist or counselor
- In-depth exploration of issues related to substance abuse
- Flexible and convenient scheduling for outpatient treatment
There are several different forms of individual therapy for addiction treatment, but the one that is used the most in addiction treatment seems to be psychotherapy, or “talk therapy.” Some of the most widely-practiced types of addiction psychotherapy include:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Contingency Management
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
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Group Addiction Therapy
The first form of addiction therapy entails seeing a therapist in a group setting with other patients in recovery. This type of therapy allows patients to give and receive support from others who are in similar circumstances. A single therapist will lead the session, but the floor is open for patients to discuss issues and explore feelings.
Addiction is an isolating disease that often evokes feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and hopelessness. Group therapy is a model of addiction treatment that can combat these feelings in a safe, judgment-free atmosphere to help individuals (re)build self-esteem through a sense of belonging to a larger group.
Group addiction therapy typically has five different options:
- Interpersonal processing groups
- Cognitive-behavioral groups
- Skills development groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Support groups
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Although these two types of addiction therapy are very different, doing both individual and group therapy can help patients in recovery facilitate a more profound sense of self— especially within faith-based programs.
The Benefits of Addiction Therapy in Faith-Based Programs
Faith, religious or not, is usually defined as putting complete trust into a person or thing. In most faith-based recovery programs, patients will turn to the teachings and ideologies of religion to find an extra source of strength for overcoming addiction. For example, a Christian patient in addiction treatment might look to the teachings of Christ within a faith-based program for additional guidance through the recovery process.
One of the most significant benefits of utilizing faith-based programs in addiction therapy is building a recovery plan that places as much importance on spiritual health and fulfillment as it does on physical and mental health. By addressing a patients’ addiction from a spiritual point of view, rehab health care professionals can identify the void that was ‘filled’ by substance abuse and instead fill it with hope and support from a higher power.
The point of faith-based programs in addiction recovery isn’t to focus on the religion itself. Instead, they are implemented to help those in recovery realize that they aren’t alone. Addiction can be conquered by placing trust in the right people, like the rehab’s health care team, peers in recovery, and, of course, God.
Gather Support from Peers, Professionals and the Lord at Road to Freedom
At Road to Freedom, we offer several different addiction therapy models that integrate both scientific and faith-based practices into personalized addiction treatment plans to address every patient’s individual needs. Our team of therapists, counselors, and pastors can help you stay clean and sober after treatment. For more information about our addiction therapy program options, call us at (844)402-3605. All calls are confidential.