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Psychotherapy for Addiction
Individual therapy refers to when a client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a psychotherapist. A person may seek therapy when they want support with issues that are difficult to manage on their own. By attending therapy, a person has the opportunity to broaden their support network and gain a better understanding of themselves. If a person is feeling overwhelmed or notice that their daily life is being negatively affected by their mental health or relationships, then reaching out for individual therapy may be the next step.
Attending therapy may allow a person to explore the change process to reach their goals. As part of therapy, a client may become more self aware. You could liken the therapy process to looking under the iceberg. The tip of the iceberg may by the addiction but underneath the iceberg, the part that others may not know or see, could be stress, relationship challenges, untreated mental illness, guilt, shame, trauma, grief etc. Learning how to manage emotions and learning how to tolerate distress are main components of therapy. When a person strengthens their coping strategies, they can feel less overwhelmed to make healthy lifestyle changes.
When an individual begins individual therapy, the therapist will conduct an assessment to have a thorough understanding of the client’s strengths and concerns. It can feel challenging at first to share about one’s past and it is common for uncomfortable feelings like sadness and anger to surface. With the therapist support and guidance, the client has the opportunity to start to build confidence in being able to manage these overwhelming feelings. Often the therapist will assign homework for the client to complete over the week until the next session. The homework will help to solidify knowledge and allow for skills to be practiced between sessions.
Some forms of therapy are Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused therapy (SFT).
Getting help for drug or alcohol addiction is your first step toward recovery and a better life.
Under the guidance of psychotherapists and addiction counsellors, psychotherapy helps people identify and overcome concerns that are difficult to manage on their own. By attending therapy, a person has the opportunity to broaden their support network and gain a better understanding of themselves. If a person is feeling overwhelmed or notice that their daily life is being negatively affected by their mental health or relationships, then reaching out for individual therapy may be the next step. In fact, psychotherapy is a vital part of treatment and recovery for most people struggling with addiction. Psychotherapy is central to our addiction treatment programs at Gateway Recovery Centre. Learn more about what psychotherapy is and its benefits.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Also called talk therapy, psychotherapy is a general term to describe the process of treating psychological distress and mental health disorders like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychotherapists use a variety of verbal and psychological techniques to help clients work through issues that lead to stress and problems like substance abuse.
Different Types of Psychotherapy
There are many different types of psychotherapy. Each has its advantages. CHRC uses the following psychotherapeutic methods, which we find particularly helpful for our clients.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioural therapy helps people understand how their thoughts and feelings influence their behaviour. Clients learn to identify negative thought patterns and modify their behaviour. CBT is used to treat a range of issues, from depression and anxiety to phobias and addiction.
- Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT): Dialectical behavioural therapy is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. It teaches people to develop healthy ways to cope with stress and better regulate their emotions. DBT uses mindfulness techniques to help clients live in the moment. Clients learn how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. They also learn how to communicate more effectively.
Psychotherapy for drug addiction can take several different formats depending on the therapist’s approach and training, and the client’s preferences. These may include:
- Individual therapy, which involves working with a therapist one-on-one
- Group counselling, which involves a small group of people who share the same goal (getting sober) sharing with and supporting one another
- Family counselling, which centers around helping family members understand and improve family dynamics
How Does Psychotherapy Help?
Much of our thinking happens automatically at a subconscious level. It can be difficult to recognize just how much these automatic thoughts inform our decisions and behaviour. CHRC emphasizes the science of neuroplasticity, helping clients understand how repeated behaviour establishes patterns that are recorded in the brain. Clients learn how to observe and interrupt these neural pathways and engage in new healthy behaviours to form new pathways. When clients can identify and question negative or unhelpful thought patterns, they have more control over how they react.
Getting Addiction Help at Gateway
Our psychotherapy programs are an integral part of inpatient residential treatment at CHRC. Some clients find certain therapeutic methods more helpful than others. Our experienced team of registered psychotherapists, and addiction counsellors will create a tailored treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and preferences. Our private addiction treatment centre in Peterborough, Ontario sits on 14 wooded acres—an ideal setting for recovery. Contact us to learn more about psychotherapy for addiction treatment.
Each day and especially on weekends I wake up sober and not hungover I appreciate my life more. I know my family has been extremely supportive and happy for this new life as well. I thank you all as well for the help and support to be able to learn and use the tools needed in living this life that is about my family and health.
– Gateway Alumni
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