When seeking drug addiction therapy, it is important to choose the correct type of therapy or you could be setting yourself up for relapse. Choosing the best type of therapy depends on the goals you have for your life, your learning style, and how you view your addiction.
When individuals can choose the type of drug addiction therapy that works best for their mind and body, clients can achieve sustainable long-term sobriety.
Starbridge Recovery offers a variety of treatment options and works with clients to create a treatment program that works to fit their specific needs. Contact Starbridge Recovery today if you are ready to get started on your journey of recovery.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a mental disorder characterized by its impact on the brain triggering relapses in behavior and alterations of the physical and mental processes. “They crave and seek out drugs, alcohol, or other substances no matter what the cost—even at the risk of damaging friendships, hurting family, or losing jobs.”
Addiction is not a choice. It is a mental disorder that requires trained medical professionals to provide therapeutic support.
Why Is Addiction Treated With Therapy?
Addiction is treated with therapy because of how it impacts the mental processes in the brain. “In psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychologists apply research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits.” Through this process therapists, counselors, and psychologists help people work through problems and develop solutions.
People who struggle with addiction struggle with using or abusing drugs or alcohol in an unsafe manner. Through therapy with a trained medical professional, individuals can work on this problem and the root problem causing the addiction and work on developing healthy and safe solutions that do not include drugs and alcohol.
The Importance of Seeking the Right Type of Drug Addiction Therapy
There are several types of drug addiction therapy most commonly used within the community. Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, contingency management, and alternative/holistic therapies work collaboratively to provide a more well-rounded approach to drug addiction therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is the focus on how to recognize how our behaviors, feelings, and thoughts impact one another. Meaning that a change in behavior will impact feelings and thoughts, while a change in feeling can impact behavior and thoughts and so on. Through this process clients work with therapists to recognize how their negative feelings, thoughts, and behaviors impact their well-being. CBT is the most common type of therapy used in drug addiction treatment.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on acceptance as a primary goal. Through DBT clients learn to accept their past actions, learn from them, challenge their previous negative behaviors, feelings, and thoughts, and reinterpret positive outcomes and solutions that do not involve drugs and alcohol.
Contingency Management is an excessively successful type of behavioral therapy that focuses on changing behaviors through positive reinforcement or rewards. Studies have shown that individuals receiving monetary reinforcement for positive behavior (clean urine samples) have demonstrated sustainable recovery over 12 weeks at rates 4x those of not in a contingency management program.
Alternative/Holistic therapies are a group of therapies that support focusing on the mental and physical during recovery. Used in combination with a type of behavioral therapy, alternative or holistic therapies include yoga, mindfulness, Reiki, creative arts, nutrition therapy, and biofeedback. These types of therapies focus on centering the mind and energy within the body. These are especially useful for individuals wishing to improve their overall well-being.
Starbridge Recovery Can Help You or Your Loved One Today
At Starbridge Recovery our medical professionals work with clients to develop personalized treatment plans based on their addiction needs, this includes varying the style of therapy to meet their learning style. Our luxury treatment center offers a variety of therapy styles, medically monitored detoxification, and comprehensive aftercare.
Contact Starbridge Recovery today to see how our full-service treatment programs can support you or your loved one on the path to recovery.