Therapy is crucial to addiction recovery. It reveals the patterns that trigger addiction, creates space to heal, and develop alternatives to harmful behavior. The following are some of the most effective therapies for recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Some are used simultaneously, while others are added at later stages.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Cognition is the process of knowing and perceiving. CBT helps a person become aware of their thoughts and perceptions in order for them to respond to them in a way that matches their values and goals. From managing addiction cravings, problems at work to understanding relationship dynamics, CBT can help a person in early recovery and throughout a lifetime.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Many people who struggle with addictions also experience intense emotions of sadness, anxiety and anger. DBT is a therapy that is effective in helping manage emotions in positive ways. DBT therapy includes exploring and applying a variety of skills such as:
- Finding balance in relationships
- Distinguishing priorities versus demands
- Revealing ‘wants’ from ‘shoulds’
- Building a sense of self-respect
- Tolerating distressing situations
- Accepting oneself and others
- Learning to regulate emotions
- Practicing mindfulness
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Substance abuse can form as a coping mechanism for unresolved trauma. EMDR is a psychotherapy that has proven to be greatly effective for trauma victims. Research shows that 84 to100 percent of single trauma victims don’t experience PTSD after three 90-minute therapy sessions using EMDR.
Art Therapy – The wounds, loss and trauma associated with addiction can be difficult to share. Art therapy allows a person several artistic mediums to express their experiences. Rather than an art class where a person is developing artistic skills, art therapy sessions focus on putting emotions and thoughts into physical form.
Family Therapy – In the world of recovery addiction is often referred to as a “family illness.” Meaning everyone is affected and should be given the opportunity to heal. Family therapy is a space for counseling that helps family members improve their communication and resolve conflict.
All of the above therapies are offered at Balboa Horizon.