Addiction Treatment Therapies
The types of therapies used in while in treatment are based on an individual’s needs and/or substance abuse history. There are a number of options for therapy that include an array of individual or group therapy sessions lead by licensed therapist or addiction counselors.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is primarily used to help address problematic feelings or thoughts that will effect sobriety or may contribute to a relapse. CBT is a form of therapy that is also used in treating co-occurring or dual diagnosis conditions, such as a mood disorder in conjunction with drug addiction or alcoholism.
Biofeedback therapy uses sensors that are placed on a client’s skin to provide the treatment professionals a view of an individual’s “bio” signs. Most biofeedback therapy sessions last about 30 to 60 minutes. The sessions are designed to aid clients in learning emotional regulation.
Holistic therapy, takes into account the “whole person” or the mind, body, and the spirit. This type of therapy will often include yoga, acupuncture, art therapy, and guided meditation.
Experiential therapy uses alternate treatment methods designed to help the clients overcome feelings that may be repressed and help them explore emotions that often have contributed the use of drugs or alcohol. Common types of this experiential therapy include ropes courses, rock-climbing, and wilderness therapy.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
MET is used to help client’s in recovery from drugs or alcohol learn to change their behaviors and thoughts that may be attached to their addiction. It is frequently used to treat clients who have co-occurring conditions, such as bipolar or eating disorders.
Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. It was originally designed to treat clients who were chronically suicidal with (BPD) borderline personality disorder (BPD). It recognized as the gold standard treatment for clients who suffer with these issues. Research shows that it is also effective in treating many other disorders such as drug abuse, alcoholism, trauma/PTSD, depression, and eating disorders.
Christian, Jewish, or other faith-based treatment programs are for clients who desire specialized programs and facilities that are designed around their faith and spirituality. With a faith-based program, recovering addicts can immerse themselves with likeminded individuals who are looking for guidance from a higher power to stay strong during sobriety.