Addiction treatment goes beyond detoxification. At the core of nearly every rehabilitation programme, one will find that therapy is actually the key to a lasting recovery.
Psychotherapy also addresses underlying psychological problems, which are often the root causes of addiction. They cannot be resolved without therapy and if ignored, can lead to relapse.
Castle Health implements addiction psychotherapy in all of its treatment programmes. Combining the 12-steps, CBT, and various complementary therapies, we have developed a highly successful approach to overcoming addiction.
What Type of Therapy Is Best for Addiction Treatment?
There are many therapies used in addiction treatment and no one is necessarily better than the other. Every person has unique circumstances and unique needs so a one-size-fits-all treatment programme does not exist. A rehabilitation plan should always be tailored to one’s individual needs.
However, many rehab centres choose to base their therapy programmes on CBT techniques and 12 step facilitation. Originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-step philosophy has now been globally implemented as a standard means of treatment for addiction.
Combining this with complementary therapies has been found to be quite helpful as well. Experiential, or “hands-on” therapies, for example, allow a person to better process their thoughts and emotions. Other complementary therapies, such as creative writing, meditation, and exercise, can help a person reduce stress and find relief without substance use.
What Is CBT Treatment for Addiction?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches patients to live with a recovery-based mindset. This includes changing negative thinking, adjusting one’s attitude, as well as recognising and altering self-sabotaging behaviours.
CBT teaches a patient to take responsibility for their actions instead of settling for the role of a victim. This allows a person to regain control over their addiction, lowering the risk of relapse. It is also one of the best therapeutic approaches for dual diagnosis.
DBT Is Also Effective for Addiction Treatment
Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a more specific form of CBT, originally designed for those with borderline personality disorder. It is now implemented in treating those with other conditions as well, especially anyone strongly affected by emotions or regularly suffering from self-harming thoughts.
Although CBT incorporates similar techniques, DBT has a stronger focus on mindfulness and acceptance. Some people may find that DBT works better for them, which is why it is common in addiction treatment today.
Individual vs. Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment
Ideally, addiction treatment involves both individual counselling and group therapy. Each one has their own benefits. With individual therapy, a patient can focus on their private and personal issues. With group therapy, they can benefit from communicating and forming relationships with others.
One-on-one counselling is necessary to truly uncover any underlying issues that a patient may be facing. Since these issues are often a root cause of addiction, it is important to understand and resolve them.
Group therapy is also just as important. By sharing one’s experience and hearing from others experiences the patient may understand addiction and their situation better. Since support is necessary for recovery, group therapy can help patients build a circle of trust.
If you or a loved one needs addiction treatment contact Castle Health today. Our team of professionals can help you choose the right type of therapy for your specific recovery goals and needs.