How We Use Psychotherapy to Aid in Recovery

Not only is addiction a difficult problem to solve, but it’s also hard to treat. With so many facilities that treat drug or alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment for your needs is especially difficult. However, psychotherapy for substance abuse is a hallmark of the most effective substance abuse treatment programs.

Why Is Psychotherapy Helpful in Rehab?

Woman Therapist Leading a Psychotherapy for substance abuse sessionFor the past 40 years, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has outlined principles for treating addiction. Those principles form the foundation for the most effective addiction treatment programs. Using these principles, the goal is to help individuals end their drug or alcohol use, lower their risk of relapse, and rebuild their lives.

These guiding principles include the following truths:

  • Addiction can be effectively treated
  • Treatment is based on the individual, not their substance of choice
  • Even involuntary treatment can be successful
  • Some clients can benefit from medication
  • Psychotherapy for substance abuse is the best tool for treating addiction

Various therapies fall under the category of psychotherapy. However, NIDA stands firm in its belief that therapy won’t be successful if it’s exactly the same for all clients. Therefore, effective addiction therapy services meet the needs of the individual. When you’re looking for help to overcome addiction, you should gain as much information as possible about what a facility offers and whether it will meet your own needs.

Types of Therapy and How Facilities Use Them

Addiction treatment facilities commonly use behavioral therapy. This therapy focuses on identifying unhealthy behaviors in your life, then making goals for working through those unhealthy behaviors. During drug use, the reward of a high attracts you to use even though you’re aware of the negative consequences. As you progress through your addiction recovery, therapy will teach you how to value your positive behaviors more than the rewards that they give you.

Contingency management is another valuable tool during addiction treatment. It relies on rewarding clients after good behaviors. This helps them relearn how to build new ways of living and thinking based on positive rewards not related to a “high.”

Facilities offer therapies in different formats. Individual therapy gives individuals the chance to work through past trauma and current stress in a one-on-one setting with a compassionate counselor or therapist. Group therapy encourages clients to interact with each other as they build coping, daily living, and social skills.

Whatever types of addiction therapy you receive, the goals are usually the same. Those goals include:

  • Encouraging you to be more mindful in your life
  • Helping you cope with stress or distress in healthy ways
  • Learning to interact more effectively with others
  • Helping you identify your emotional triggers and teaching you how to beat them

Psychotherapy For Substance Abuse Recovery At Crest View Recovery Center

Located in a serene mountain environment in Asheville, Crest View Recovery Center blends effective psychotherapy approaches with a treatment experience grounded in reality-based therapy. Our rehab treatment program offers an inpatient feel without the constraints of a residential treatment experience. We feel this gives clients the best chance to experience lasting recovery.

We treat a number of addictions, including:

If you or someone you love is ready to end drug or alcohol addiction, call Crest View Recovery Center now at 866.327.2505.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.