Recovering from an addiction is a long process that requires an incredible amount of self-discipline and willpower. That’s not to say that you will overcome addiction by being strong, but rather that success in recovery depends on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, making good choices and avoiding temptation.
Fortunately, you are never alone on your journey. You will build strong relationships with your peers in recovery and also have friends and loved ones who have your best interests at heart. In addition, there is a wide range of treatment options that will help you heal from your addiction.
Drug treatment can include behavioral therapy, medications and/or holistic therapies. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments depend on your individual needs, the drugs you are addicted to and the presence of a co-occurring disorder.
To help you understand what your options are, we’ve broken down the most common therapies for drug and alcohol addiction. For additional information on any of these treatments, contact Continuum Recovery Center today.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT teaches people in recovery how to find connections between their thoughts, feelings and actions. This therapy is widely used in addiction treatment because it is effective at changing harmful thought patters and improving mental health.
As you know, addiction changes a person and breeds negative thoughts and feelings that can make it difficult to stay clean and sober. CBT helps change your perspective and encourages you to develop a positive mindset, even on hard days. Better yet, CBT can treat co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety simultaneously.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT aims to boost self-esteem, foster self-management skills and eliminate triggers from your life. It was originally used to treat patients with borderline personality disorder. Like CBT, DBT can also simultaneously treat co-occurring mental illness.
Through regular DBT sessions, you will learn how to change your behaviors and surroundings to make recovery easier. For example, what environments are drugs and alcohol discouraged in? How can you be a part of them? What triggers and temptations can you remove from your life?
There are a number of techniques used in DBT such as:
- Improved communication skills
- Distress tolerance
- Emotion regulation
- Positive coping strategies
- Interpersonal skills
Holistic Healing Practices
Holistic therapies focus on non-medicinal recovery methods. They do not replace other forms of treatment but instead complement them. Continuum Recovery Center has a number of holistic therapies for you to explore. The goal is to find alternative ways to deal with stress and anxiety while focusing on your overall health and well-being.
Furthermore, holistic treatments focus on improving your mental, physical and spiritual health. Below are some examples of holistic therapies that may be added to your recovery plan:
- Fitness and nutrition
- Naturopathic remedies
- Tai chi
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Once you find therapies that you love, you can use them for a lifetime.
Individual therapy is a type of talk therapy where you speak one-on-one with a qualified mental health professional. It’s generally a large part of an inpatient treatment program, though some holistic outpatient treatment centers offer it as well. The goal of psychotherapy is to analyze and change destructive thought patterns that put you at risk for relapse.
Another thing psychotherapy will do well is help you discover the underlying reasons for the addiction. For example, do you suffer from past trauma such as abuse or neglect? Do you use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate? There is almost always a reason for turning to drugs and alcohol, and you may not know it until you gain insight in talk therapy.
We know that many people hesitate at the sound of group therapy, but it’s actually an incredibly useful tool that most clients end up valuing. Even though you may not be ready to open up, group therapy provides a safe, compassionate setting for you to connect with others. No one will judge you, and everything shared in these therapy sessions is confidential.
By taking part in group therapy, you can express yourself, engage with others and build healthy relationships. All of this is great practice for the real world when it’s time to re-establish healthy connections with friends and family.
Addiction never affects the addict only. It takes a huge toll on the family – financially, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. This is why families need healing, too. We recommend choosing a holistic recovery center that offers family education and therapy.
Through family therapy, family members better understand addiction as a complex disease and how to support their loved one’s recovery. Family therapists can also help families rebuild a healthy support system, repair broken relationships and prepare them for upcoming transitions.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
MAT combines behavioral therapies and cognitive therapies for a comprehensive approach to dealing with substance abuse. All medications used in MAT are approved by the FDA and have been researched extensively by the medical and science communities. MAT is most widely used for treating opioid addictions, though it can be used for other addictions as well.
Below you’ll find some of the most common medications used in MAT:
- Methadone hydrochloride
Not only does MAT help people in early recovery, but also it is effective at supporting long-term sobriety. For example, PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) can show up in the first two years of recovery. It happens because the brain is still healing and balancing out. As a result, you might experience withdrawal symptoms long after detox such as depression, anxiety, memory issues or anger. By sticking to your prescribed medications, you can manage the symptoms of PAWS and reduce your risk for relapse.
Each person in recovery is unique, which is why they deserve a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, there are many different treatment options available that allow you to find the perfect combination of therapies. You may find that as your needs change, your treatments do as well. This is normal.
As long as you go to your 12-step meetings, work with an addiction counselor and/or participate in an outpatient rehab for substance abuse, you will continue to have these treatments available to you. To learn more about our full spectrum of treatment services, contact Continuum Recovery Center today.