What Are Traditional Therapies?
Modern addiction treatment centers provide multiple levels of care, including residential treatment, medically assisted detox programs, sober living, and therapies. At Spark To Recovery, our approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment features an array of traditional therapies. These services are facilitated by a highly trained staff who will provide patients with the best, viable care.
What are The Common Forms of Traditional Therapy
This form of therapy has been a core aspect of alcohol and drug addiction recovery for years. In a group therapy setting, patients are encouraged to bring up challenges that they are currently facing. Chances are some individuals have identical problems and by sharing different perspectives, they see their own issues in a new light. Patients may even discover an easy solution to an issue they used to believe was impossible to overcome. In addition, patients can experiment new ways of thinking and coping with their addictions in a safe environment before returning to the real world. Having other people cheer you on can make a positive difference in your addiction recovery journey.
Addiction treatment therapies are designed to address the patient’s emotional and mental needs in recovery. Because alcohol and drugs are usually used to self-medicate or to deal with difficult situations, there is a lot of emotional trauma to work through for each individual even after the substances are out of the patient’s body. Therapy can help individuals address their challenges, piece together their thoughts and emotions, and help them function successfully in life again. If you prefer a one-on-one approach, individual therapy may suit you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The combination of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy is used to promote healing and help patients learn healthy behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) are usually run by psychotherapists, e.g., licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. CBT does not focus on the patient’s past but is recognized as a problem-oriented strategy. It helps patients identify dysfunctional patterns within their current life and develop strategies to change them. By thinking and acting in a positive way, one is better equipped to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Addiction is typically fueled by dysfunctional emotions and self-destructive behaviors. Therefore, drugs and alcohol can undermine a person’s career, destroy relationships, and deplete a person’s health. Also known as DBT, dialectical behavior therapy helps patients overcome damaging emotions and substance-abusing behaviors. They develop healthier methods to cope with stress and other hardships in life.
Moral Reconation Therapy
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) helps patients focus on the moral aspects of their illnesses as well as the social consequences associated with alcohol or drug abuse. During MRT, individuals come face-to-face with their current beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. They assess their current relationships and determine ways to re-build them. Most importantly, patients gradually build higher pinnacles of moral reasoning and reinforce healthy behaviors.
When family therapy is used in addiction treatment, it helps family members heal and recover as a group. Therapeutic settings provide a safe space for people to learn how to support a loved one’s recovery from addiction and/or mental illness.
Life Skills Therapy
Drug and alcohol addiction causes individuals to neglect many everyday responsibilities. In some cases, these chronic illnesses cause patients to forget how to properly take care of themselves and/or their dependents. At Spark To Recovery, our life skills therapists help improve our patients’ personal, professional, and social skills.
Relapse prevention therapy is a cognitive-behavioral and skills-based approach that helps clinicians and patients identify situations that may place the person at greater risk for relapse. Through this information, patients and clinicians will develop relapse prevention plans to address those specific high-risk situations. With more effective coping mechanisms in place, patients develop greater confidence to handle challenging situations without using drugs, alcohol, or other substances.
For more information about our traditional therapies for addiction treatment, feel free to contact us today.