Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavioral therapies are the cornerstone of addiction treatment because they don’t just help you understand yourself and your past — they help you take action. Thoughts and beliefs underpin behavior, and these are often established during early childhood before you’re able to make big decisions for yourself.
A CBT counselor helps you identify these unhelpful thought patterns and provides tools that help you redirect them and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
MET is an approach that aims to help people see the positive reasons to change their life and feel worthy of making those changes. It involves motivational interviewing, which many counselors and therapists deploy to help their clients see themselves in a better light and understand why recovery is worthwhile.
Addiction is often a way of masking difficult feelings, and it can be highly effective, which is why you might feel reluctant and scared to quit. This type of therapy helps you see that there are alternative ways of dealing with challenging emotions.
Group therapy is an eye-opener that helps you understand addiction, yourself and other people better. You share your story and listen to other people, which provides you with a broad range of perspectives to ponder over. It also encourages you to open up and share your feelings and empathize with the experience of other people.
Getting therapy with family members is vital for many people in recovery. Addiction can tear families apart and lead to resentment, anger and shame from all parties. A counselor helps you establish healthy boundaries and communicate in a healthy, constructive manner. It provides your loved ones with knowledge about the best way to support you through recovery and provides a safe space to work through issues under guidance from a qualified professional.
Unless you’re a medical professional or scientist, there’s a good chance you don’t fully understand the mechanism behind addiction. Learning about the reality of how substance abuse impacts the brain and body can be a wake-up call and complements therapy by helping you understand the terminology and reasoning behind it.
Someone who is in the throes of a substance use disorder prioritizes their drug of choice. This means elements of a healthy lifestyle such as exercise, healthy eating and mindfulness can fall by the wayside. A good rehab center should offer a range of lifestyle interventions such as fitness classes, yoga, meditation, stress management classes, nutritional counseling and spiritual development.