There’s more to addiction than a physical dependence on drugs. Even when people complete detox, emotional dependence keeps them at a high risk for relapse. It makes them vulnerable to stress, social interactions, and environmental cues that influence drug use.
Psychotherapy plays the role of addressing emotional dependence. Also called talk therapy, it delves into why people abuse drugs and develop an addiction. Therapy can address why people want to harm themselves through drug use as well. Depending on patients’ needs, therapies focus on past and current problems.
Many people say that just talking in sessions is therapeutic, and they feel relief afterward. Therapy discussions generally revolve around patients’ thoughts, emotions, dreams, and fantasies. Professional therapists analyze all of these aspects to provide unbiased feedback that helps patients overcome obstacles.
Furthermore, therapy can address more than one issue at a time. A high percentage of people with addiction have another mental disorder, too. In most cases, one mental disorder feeds the other, making it necessary to treat both. Therapy can uncover and address the root cause of each issue at the same time.
“Therapy” is a broad term for the many methods that involve counseling to treat mental illness. The most common methods are group therapy, family therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Group therapy challenges and supports participants through peer discussion and interaction. The group size varies, but it usually includes eight to 12 people. A therapist guides the group as the members share their experiences, feelings, and thoughts. The process is effective in showing members that others have similar problems.
Addiction affects more than just those who use drugs. It affects everyone around them, too. Family therapy addresses the impact of addiction on family bonds and friendships. The patient and family members mend their bonds and learn how to support each other in constructive ways.
CBT helps people with addiction identify negative thoughts that influence drug use. The theory is that turning negative thoughts positive promotes constructive emotions and behaviors. CBT also teaches skills that can help patients in all aspects of life, not just addiction recovery.
Holistic therapies are another addiction treatment approach. Music and art therapy, for example, complement the above traditional therapy treatments. Holistic therapies provide creative outlets that can heal patients’ minds and spirits.
In a rehab center, patients usually meet for one-on-one or group therapy sessions every day. However, the therapy method varies from day to day. Each session lasts for about 60 minutes.
When beginning the psychotherapy process, the first session involves developing trust between the therapist and client. They also pinpoint the client’s problems, decide on goals for therapy, and create a plan to achieve those goals. The therapist breaks down the goals into smaller objectives to focus on in each following session.
The structure of the sessions depends on the client’s needs and the therapy method. At the end of a session, the therapist may assign homework until the next session. The therapist can adjust the treatment plan to promote progress.
Psychotherapy is essential to substance abuse treatment. At Memphis Recovery Center, we create unique treatment plans using various therapy methods. We also offer a range of recovery programs to meet clients’ needs, including:
Memphis Recovery emphasizes taking a customized approach to addiction treatment. We don’t set a standard treatment plan or treatment duration. As a non-profit rehab center, we also don’t base treatment plans on insurance coverage. We visit other financial options rather than turn people away from the care that they need.
Regain control of your life from drug abuse or addiction. Memphis Recovery can help you overcome this obstacle and achieve sobriety. Call us today at 866-304-8254 to begin the road to a happier, healthier life.