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Substance Abuse Therapy

Substance Abuse Therapy:

Substance Abuse Therapy is a mainstay of substance abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other types of therapy can help you stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat other mental health conditions that often play a role in substance abuse. Substance Abuse Therapy is a key component when it comes to recovery treatment in a Suboxone Clinic or a Methadone Clinic.

Getting Therapy For Addiction

Anyone suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction knows how powerful and devastating this disease can be. Sometimes a person abusing substances believes they are managing addiction on their own, when in reality their addiction is managing them. A licensed addiction counselor can help a person abusing substances at any stage of readiness to achieve and maintain sobriety.

Counselors are an important part of addiction therapy and their role and involvement in the treatment process is instrumental to recovery.

Addiction counselors can help support you throughout the treatment process and create an individualized plan for recovery, relapse prevention, and after-care. There are various types of therapy available while in treatment that will provide an array of benefits and allow you to sustain your sobriety while in recovery.

What Does an Addiction Counselor Do?

With the help of an addiction counselor, you can explore what caused you to use drugs or alcohol, share and process feelings, increase awareness of negative though and behavior patterns, learn healthy coping skills, identify potential triggers, and create a long-term plan to sustain your sobriety. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs rely heavily on the use of addiction counseling and these take place in individual or group formats.

An addiction counselor’s role is to:

  • Conduct substance abuse evaluations and general assessments
  • Provide unbiased emotional support for individuals throughout a treatment program
  • Conduct one-on-one, couples, and family therapy sessions to get to the root of the addiction
  • Provide psychoeducation
  • Facilitate process groups and group exercises
  • Administer periodic drug and alcohol tests
  • Develop a specialized plan for treatment based on your individual needs and goals
  • Help you create an aftercare plan based on care available in your area

Addiction counselors will also conduct group therapy sessions that often incorporate family members or other patients in addiction treatment. Group therapy can lead to discussions about family dynamics and how unhealthy relationships can create or feed into addictive behaviors. Once these dysfunctions are identified, the patient can begin making important post-treatment plans.

Why You Need Counseling

Addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Even after detox, when your body is no longer hooked, you’re at high risk for relapse. Certain psychological and social factors can be powerful triggers that lead to relapse:

  • Stress, especially sudden life stresses
  • Cues in the environment, like visiting a neighborhood
  • Social networks, like spending time with friends who continue to use 
 

These things can create a strong ongoing urge to use again. Counseling helps you escape cravings and learn to manage what life throws at you without drugs or alcohol. Several counseling therapies treat substance abuse. No one method is known to be better than another. Likewise, no one approach works for everyone with opiate addiction. The right treatment plan will be tailored to your addiction and individual needs.

Individual vs. Group Therapy

While any counseling therapy for drug abuse treatment is better than none, group therapy is generally preferred over individual therapy. In group therapy, you’re more likely to be both challenged and supported by peers who are also going through drug rehab.

Twelve-step programs like Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous are also peer support groups. They can be a useful part of your recovery program. But keep in mind that they aren’t led by a trained psychotherapist and, thus, aren’t the same as group therapy.

Individual therapy can help when you have depression, bipolar disorder, or another significant mental health condition that requires treatment in its own right, separate from your addiction.

Outpatient vs. Residential Treatment

Residential therapy separates you from the place and things that led you to use drugs. You’ll go away to a special facility for a period of weeks to months. While there, you’ll learn new habits or skills for sober living.

While this approach works well in the short term, there’s no proof it helps you stay away from drugs any longer than outpatient programs, which you’ll attend for anywhere from a few hours to several hours a day while you live somewhere else.

In fact, relapse may be more likely if you go from a controlled, inpatient environment back to your home, where it’s easy to start using again. Also, residential drug abuse treatment programs are expensive. They can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and insurance plans don’t always cover them.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, teaches you how to recognize moods, thoughts, and situations that fire up drug cravings. A therapist teaches you how to avoid these triggers. You’ll learn to replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthy ones that will help you stay clean.

The skills you’ll learn can last a lifetime, so this is a powerful treatment method. But not all therapists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) focuses on acceptance and change. Started in the 1970s to treat people who were suicidal, DBT has been adapted for other uses, including substance use disorders. In treating substance abuse, the emphasis is on curbing substance use and behaviors that lead to it and boosting healthy behaviors (like starting positive relationships) that help the person avoid using.

Contingency Management Therapy

This method gives you positive incentives to stay clean. Vouchers for goods and services, or privileges in a more rigid treatment setting, are common.

Motivational Interviewing

In this method, therapists try to motivate you and help you maintain your abstinence from drugs or alcohol. If you’re prompted by love of family or returning to work, these issues may become the focus of your treatment.

Couples and Family Therapy

An addiction doesn’t only affect your life; your whole family is transformed. Successful treatment requires strong relationships with family and friends. Various counseling methods include your spouse and other family members.

Why try family or couples therapy?

  • Family members can be a powerful force for change in your life.
  • Including them can make you more likely to stay in therapy.
  • They can begin to heal the damage your addiction has caused in their life.

Studies show family therapy results in lower relapse rates, increased happiness in the family, and helps children of addicted parents manage their situation.

12-Step and Community Programs

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international network of community-based meetings for people recovering from drug addiction. It’s modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), so it’s a 12-step program with a defined process for overcoming addiction.

It’s also an abstinence-based program. In principle, NA is opposed to the use of maintenance therapy. Methadone Anonymous is a 12-step program that acknowledges the value of methadone and other medications in recovery from narcotic addiction.

Other popular recovery meetings include SMART Recovery and Celebrate Recovery.

Maintenance Therapy

Addiction is a chronic illness. People who have it are likely to relapse.

Once you’re through detox, you’ll probably need lifelong treatment that includes counseling and possibly medication. Currently, the FDA has three drugs approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and three for the treatment of alcohol addiction.

Contact our Methadone & Suboxone Clinic for more information!

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David Brode
David Brode
08:51 30 Dec 20
Saved my life!! The people that work there most are amazing. Linda is my all time favorite person. Wish she was a... counselor—she definitely should be.read more
Kenny Weigle
Kenny Weigle
15:04 12 Sep 20
If you're really ready to get clean, this is definitely the place to go for help. For the most part they treat you like... family.read more
David Unger
David Unger
12:04 30 Jun 20
All the staff are friendly, no judgement and are here to help.
angela shackelford
angela shackelford
23:45 22 Dec 19
I love every nurse and almost every counselor there(a couple counselors are still learning) I feel as if they genuinely... care and really are trying to help people because they do see us as humans and not just as addicts and they are still saving my life!read more
Derek Walker
Derek Walker
15:12 26 Nov 19
Great unless your counselor forgets to send your paperwork whenever you need to guest dose. You are who you hire...... other employees were pleasant though.read more
Nurse Terra
Nurse Terra
16:24 10 Oct 18
Staff is very friendly and professional. This place helps a lot of individuals get their life back on track. Thankful... its here in this area.read more
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