Addiction Therapy and Counseling – True Healing from the Inside Out
To ensure that our clients receive the best addiction treatment available, Continuum Recovery employs therapists that are educated at a Masters-level or beyond. Our specialists on staff are specifically trained in the areas of substance abuse, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and holistic practices in Eastern and Western medicines.
Each treatment program includes varied therapies to help ground every individual, from the moment they complete the drug or alcohol detoxification process to aftercare. Clients receive options in addiction therapies and counseling: Together, we create the right treatment for you or your loved one.
By spending one-on-one time with each client, our renowned mental health practitioners can adjust treatment plans according to patient progress and duration of substance abuse. Individual therapy is essential for uncovering the root of addictive behaviors and providing a general emotional health assessment. Other matters of consideration include the potential diagnosis of co-occurring disorders, and other circumstances that may have contributed to alcohol or drug addiction, such as genetic predisposition or environmental factors related to use.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Predominately used to help those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has been gaining recognition in the word of psychotherapy, for good reason.
EMDR takes an individual through traumatic memories while focusing on an external stimulus. The individual may then be able to process the traumatic memory in a manner that minimizes distress. Because many who have become addicted to drugs or alcohol have experienced some sort of traumatic event in their life, EMDR is now regularly used at treatment centers.
PTSD is most common amongst those who have been victims of physical abuse, sexual assault, a bad accident, or experienced military combat. These types of traumatic events will often replay in the mind and body of those who endured them, initiating fear, depression, and anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Proven to be an effective tool in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions, CBT utilizes positive thought patterns, attitudes, and beliefs about oneself to transform unhealthy behaviors. The foundation of this treatment method has been developed and perfected by some of the greatest minds in psychology, and its merits continue to shine in those we treat. Here’s why.
Drug abuse tends to put the client in a negative mindset that breeds negative thoughts, intensifies feelings of guilt and shame, and encourages suicidal tendencies. Having a positive mindset about yourself and your recovery will help through the hard times, when sobriety seems impossible. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides procedures for adopting healthy coping mechanisms to handling stressful situations like cravings, triggers, and depression.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Communication is a productive tool during the addiction recovery process. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy uses communication, by integrating opposing viewpoints into a person’s mental programming. When a therapist presents the opposite of what the client is thinking, it helps retrain the person’s mind and educate on how to reach different goals in a healthier manner.
These are some of the ways that DBT assists in the addiction therapy and counseling process:
Mindfulness – This is designed to help a person be fully aware of the present moment, which is helpful because many people with an addiction regret the past and fear the future.
Distress tolerance – It is meant to help clients learn how to tolerate a painful situation rather than try to run from it or cover it up with substance abuse.
Interpersonal effectiveness – This set of skills can help a person develop self-respect and self-confidence while learning how to manage relationships with friends, family and others.
Emotion regulation – By learning how to change negative emotions that one may live with over an extended period of time, mental balance and healthy perspectives are more readily achievable.
Holistic Healing Practices
Addiction recovery, in its truest sense, includes reworking mind, body and spirit into healthier balance. Referred to as holistic treatment, it involves a three-part approach to address physiological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
To complement our full suite of traditional methodologies, we also offer:
We know that addiction recovery doesn’t stop the moment you graduate from your program and become a thought leader as a member of our alumni. Our holistic alternative therapies are meant for you to learn at Continuum Recovery and continue to enjoy for a lifetime.
One of the more challenging aspects of addiction treatment is in learning how to deal with others. By being part of group therapy, clients are able to express themselves and engage with others who have been where they are and can relate to the same life struggles. Through this like-mindedness, friendships and trust grow, providing a safe space to deal with emotions. In addition, the interaction empowers participants by encouraging them to offer assistance, provide feedback, or challenge other group members in a loving yet accountable environment.
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Job Re-Entry, Court Liaison and Community Services
Responsibility in action tends to foster many of the tenets of successful addiction recovery. Service work or volunteering helps build camaraderie and self-esteem while reintegrating into the community. For many clients, it is the first step into the outside after addiction treatment began and a glimpse of how good life can feel without drugs or alcohol.
For those who want to seek employment, the Continuum Recovery Center job re-entry program is designed to have job leads already in place at the time treatment is completed. Although life may seem to stop while you’re in treatment, know that our experienced staff is working behind the scenes, throughout your progress, dealing with other issues that are often a repercussion of addictive behaviors.
Pending criminal charges, unresolved court issues, debt, school attendance, and other life events are handled and also serve as a reminder as to the importance of not going back to the decisions and risky lifestyle of the past.
Addiction is a disease that not only affects the person afflicted with substance abuse but also those who love them the most. Our therapists emphasize the importance in working with families and have developed a program just for them.
By helping family members better understand addiction, they provide support to their loved one in healthy ways throughout their time here in treatment and as they transition back into the real world. Family therapy sessions help mend a broken family dynamic, rebuild a strong family support system, and educate family members of all ages about addiction as a disease. Although our addiction therapy and counseling is client-focused, we put a special emphasis on family healing as well.
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Is a How-to Solution
In order to facilitate whole healing, it takes a program that encompasses each aspect of addiction and how it affects everyday life. Through education about diagnosis and symptoms, social skills training, relapse prevention, medication compliance counseling, dealing with legal problems, and acquiring coping skills necessary to effectively manage mood and anxiety, a life well lived and sober can be yours.