Types of Therapies for Addiction Treatment

Research has found that people who struggle with substance abuse can benefit from a wide array of therapies. Addiction Campuses provides a diverse approach to addiction treatment, with therapy types that range from motivational interviewing to yoga and mindfulness.

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Substance abuse affects millions of Americans and their families. People from all walks of life struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. This means that addiction and recovery may look differently for people, depending on their personal preferences.

Addiction alters a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Quality treatment programs will provide both medical and psychological therapies to address patients holistically. In order to provide personalized treatment plans, Addiction Campuses offers many different types of therapies.

Common types of therapies for addiction treatment include:

  • dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • motivational interviewing
  • medication-assisted therapies
  • mindfulness and stress management practices
  • art and adventure therapies

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The Benefits Of Using Diverse Therapies At Addiction Campuses For Addiction Treatment

Historically, addiction treatment was largely centered around several types of talk therapy. These sessions would include a discussion with a licensed therapist. Talk therapy sessions may cover topics such as personal history, family dynamics, history of substance abuse, and navigating emotions.

While talk-focused therapy is valuable, research shows addiction treatment to be even more effective when combined with alternative therapies like mindfulness training. In order to provide customized treatment plans, Addiction Campuses offer therapies such as:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of psychosocial therapy that focuses on acceptance strategies. A person who has been battling addiction may feel embarrassed or ashamed at the state of their life. DBT aims to help patients accept themselves, their emotions, and their thoughts.

Once the patient begins to practice accepting themselves, therapists help to inspire new behavioral choices through change-oriented strategies. This two-step approach helps behavior change to originate from a place of curiosity and excitement, rather than negativity or shame.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy takes a more cerebral approach to addiction treatment. In CBT, patients learn to recognize thought patterns and behavior around substance abuse. The therapeutic focus may be placed on recognizing triggers, identifying emotions, and practicing coping skills.

Therapists who use CBT also help patients construct avoidance strategies, such as “When I’m in a restaurant that serves alcohol, I will take someone who supports my sobriety.” This empowers patients to take an active role in their treatment. CBT can also build a sense of confidence about decision-making in the midst of difficult situations.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

This form of therapy is considered highly person-centered. Motivational interviewing (MI) draws from the person’s own views, by asking patients to explore their personal values and life goals. Once the patient has expressed their views of the future, a therapist guides the patient to examine any disconnection between what they want for their life and their current behaviors.

MI places the power in the hands of the patient, in order to illustrate the possibility for change. Motivational interviewing also helps to restore a more positive self-view, as patients are encouraged to look past their addiction and build on their existing character traits.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

One of the most important aspects of recovering from substance abuse is medication-assisted treatment. MAT can also be a life-saving therapeutic tool, especially for people who struggle with opioids and alcohol.

People who are physically dependent on substances may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using suddenly. Depending on the substance, withdrawal symptoms can be painful and even life-threatening. Withdrawal often spurs people to return to the drug (called a “relapse”) — even if they have a strong desire to stop using.

With MAT, patients are provided an extra protective bolster as they begin the journey of recovery. Medication-assisted treatment regimens will vary, depending on a person’s substance use and any co-occurring mental or physical health conditions.

For people who suffer from opioid use disorders, MAT may include buprenorphine-based medications like Suboxone or Zubsolv. Those who are addicted to alcohol may be provided MAT options such as diazepam (Valium).

These medications soothe withdrawal symptoms and help to prevent relapse, in order to assist people in achieving long-term recovery. MAT is available at our Turning Point treatment center, located near Memphis, Tennessee. The use of medications is proven to increase focus and engagement among patients in rehab settings.

Mindfulness And Stress Management Practices

In recent years, alternative therapies like mindfulness and yoga have become more popular in the treatment world. These therapies can be utilized both during and after inpatient treatment. This makes stress-management practices beneficial to people long after they complete a rehab program.

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the here and now, and accepting the present moment as it is — without attempting to control or change any aspect of it. Mindfulness-based therapies include deep breathing exercises, yoga, and meditative journaling.

Dealing with addiction is stressful. People who are newly sober may experience residual stress and anxiety, especially when they consider all the changes that they want to make. Practicing stress management tactics like mindfulness can reduce stress at the moment, and also strengthen the brain’s ability to remain calm in the future.

The Treehouse is a treatment facility outside of Dallas, Texas, that focuses on mindfulness and stress-management practices. This holistic approach to addiction treatment allows patients to manage stress and reduce physical pain in a nature-based setting.

Creative Arts And Adventure Therapies

As many families know, addiction often robs people of the joy of self-expression. Being dependent on a substance may leave people feeling one-dimensional, with low energy or a flat mood. One of the best ways to reintroduce a patient to themselves is through the use of creative arts and adventure therapies.

Creative arts therapy allows patients to create visual or musical expressions of the feelings they have about addiction, recovery, and treatment. In a creative arts group, therapists guide patients to tap into feelings they may have numbed over years of substance abuse.

This form of therapy can produce feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which make a person feel accomplished.

Similarly, adventure therapy helps people recover through physical expression. Adventure therapies may include trust-building activities that take the form of ropes courses, hiking, or river rafting. Wilderness treks and ATV excursions also fall under the umbrella of adventure therapy.

By encouraging patients to express themselves creatively and in nature, these therapy options provide unique healing opportunities. Patients may discover a new hobby or interest. Others may discover a sense of pride in their own capability to create a positive life.

The Bluffs is an Addiction Campuses treatment center in Eastern Ohio that specializes in adventure therapies. Located on Atwood Lake, this facility provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities like hiking trails and water recreation.

Finding A Rehab Program That Offers Various Types Of Therapy

Studies have shown that because each person who struggles with addiction is unique, no one approach to treatment is considered best. By choosing a rehab center that provides a diverse array of therapy options, a person’s chance of recovery could increase.

Addiction Campuses provides a wide offering of therapies in order to address mental health needs, as well as provide the necessary tools for living life after addiction. Our treatment centers are designed to educate, equip, and empower patients in a supportive and compassionate environment.

The various forms of therapy offered at our treatment centers will help build communication skills and self-awareness that serve patients well into their future. By developing self-worth and a sense of responsibility, both personal and professional relationships can be enhanced.

To learn more about the types of therapy we provide at Addiction Campuses treatment centers, or to find a location near you, contact one of our specialists today.

National Institutes of Health - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963469/

National Institute on Drug Abuse - https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment

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