Every individual will have a different reaction to each type of therapy. Trial and error will aid the care team in deciding which treatment will be best for each addict. Multiple therapies will better assist the addict in having success in recovery. Psychiatrists and therapists will use dual treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy while in individual therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy. The technique is used to work through and encourage the client to change thinking patterns. Understanding why someone reacted a certain way or behaved a different way will help the addict. While using, the individual lost recognition of reality. CBT explains to the addict how to cope with new feelings.
One on one therapy gives direction to build a new sober life. A certified therapist can coach the addict to have hope for a better future. The game plan is developed by both parties. Working together, the therapist and addict can create goals and form step by step methods to succeed at each goal.
Learning from peers, the addict is able to see from an outsider’s point of view. Hearing stories and successes from recovering addicts supports motivation. Hearing advice from a peer can be reciprocated more positively than of a therapist’s direction. Building a fellowship gives the addict the feeling of unity. Loneliness can cause a relapse. Group therapy aids in cutting down on the feeling of isolation.
Knowing how to be calm and relax is foreign to many addicts. The drugs or alcohol cause hyper emotions and depression. Meditation or a form of relaxation is important to keep a healthy balance. Biosound therapy aids the addict in being comfortable through detox and develops a state of meditation while in use. The patient lays on a bed which vibrates and pulses. Music and therapeutic sounds mentally stimulate, while imagery keeps the focus of a meditated state.
Experiencing a 12-step program can take a few months or years. The goal of a 12-step program is to aid the addict in letting go of previous problems, tackling current issues, and planning ahead for a brighter future. Many people who have engaged in the programs have continued with the 12 steps. Constantly reviewing the steps keeps sobriety in focus. The programs give great support and fellowship to the recovering addict.
Holistic therapy is a blend of several different healthy choice therapies combined. Basics such as diet and exercise give an addict new habits which keep the mind and body on a positive level. Adding in meditation and art therapy bring the overall balance in view.
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