What Therapeutic Approaches Are Effective For Addiction Recovery

by | Jun 28, 2024

Finding a Treatment Approach that is Effective for You

Freedom Recovery offers a variety of different services and programs in order to assist those who are looking for help to overcome their addiction. Through specialized therapies, a program designed to offer a new outlook on life, and a staff who is dedicated to the success of their patients we believe sobriety is an option for all.

Individualized Substance Abuse Treatment

When patients enter into care at the freedom recovery rehab center, we begin with an individual assessment to best understand what therapies and forms of treatment. The patient will most benefit from it. These assessments are meant to help staff members provide a tailored experience for each individual. We believe that recovery is not a singular, linear journey, but is unique to each person’s story.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational enhancement therapy is a form of counseling that focuses on the patient’s personal values and motivations to give them strength during their recovery and in maintaining their long-term sobriety. Motivational enhancement therapy is a unique and effective form of therapy which aims to help patients understand their own personal goal of sobriety without focusing on external intentions. MET creates a unique dynamic during addiction treatment in that it encourages the patient to make changes that will have a positive impact on their life. The therapist and patient work together in conjunction, allowing the patient to have a more involved role in their recovery process. This form of counseling works especially well in substance abuse recovery programs, and has been shown to help patients stay sober and avoid relapse.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

With cognitive behavioral therapy we take the approach that addiction is partially a result of patterns and behavior. These harmful patterns can be unhelpful learned behaviors, harmful coping mechanisms, and even negative thinking patterns. Cognitive behavioral therapy challenges how we react and approach stressors and triggers around us, and within us. As we reevaluate our behaviors and thought patterns we begin to identify our own negative behavior and can create new strategies to pivot and create new patterns. As a patient goes through Cognitive behavioral therapy they will learn new ways to approach difficult scenarios and apply new techniques for problem solving.

Negative thinking patterns are commonly associated with drug abuse and alcohol addiction, and this negativity can make addiction recovery even more difficult. Through changing thought patterns and behaviors patients begin to understand how the cycle of negativity can exacerbate their harmful coping mechanism. In Cognitive behavioral therapy we develop healthy patterns, build strategies for healthy coping, and focus on present goals that act as stepping stones towards healing and recovery.

Family Counseling for Substance Abuse

When a patient undergoing substance abuse treatment takes part in individual counseling with a professional the goal is to identify and understand their substance dependency. By navigating through the past we will begin to understand how traumatic events, relationships, low confidence, and negative influences can impact how we behave and in what ways we cope. When a patient enters family counseling it is an opportunity for both the patient and the family to understand how the current state of their relationship may not be helping the patient overcome their alcohol or drug addiction. Codependency and enabling someone who struggles with substance abuse will never help the patient with their addictions. Through family counseling the entire family begins to understand how chemical dependencies work; it gives the entire family a healthier view of how to approach supporting their loved one. This effective treatment also encourages family members to remain involved and to remain hopeful during recovery.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of CBT with an emphasis on those who suffer with negative thoughts pertaining to suicidal ideation. A strong dependency on dangerous substances only masks other symptoms temporarily. By learning about our self-destructive tendencies and practicing different forms of mindfulness we can find peace during the recovery process. Dialectical behavioral therapy is designed to help patients create healthy coping techniques, find better control over their thoughts and emotions, and help them to create healthier, long-lasting relationships. Because dialectical behavioral therapy was developed as a specialized form of CBT, it is very effective for patients that have been dealing with thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, and self harm. Dialectical behavioral therapy helps patients increase their quality of life throughout their addiction treatment, and is shown to make a positive impact on the patient’s life in less than a week.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy has a lot of similarities to cognitive behavioral therapy. With both REBT and CBT there is a focus on eliminating damaging thought patterns and negative beliefs. Both of these therapies help reduce overall negativity in one’s life and reduce self-harming behavior.

In rational emotive behavior therapy there is a primary focus on things that the patient believes to be true, and tries to remove anything that is harmful to their overall growth and behavior. By learning how to recognize negative self-talk and replace harmful self-truth from their thinking and vocabulary they are able to incorporate a healthier perspective.

REBT helps patients going through addiction treatment by giving them the opportunity to create healthier habits and incorporate healthier expectations into their recovery journey and beyond. By isolating the harmful thoughts and replacing them with positive truths patients build a better relationship with self-acceptance that can fuel their recovery.

Drug Therapies

Drug therapy is used in conjunction with other forms of addiction psychotherapy. Medication is used as a part of treatment to help with symptom management. While a patient goes through detox withdrawal symptoms may be difficult to handle. While detoxing from certain substances the patient may have extreme cravings. Drug therapy is used in order to both help the patient through their detox cycle, as well as help them maintain recovery. Drug therapy can also be used for patients who are also dealing with PTSD, anxiety, depression, or other health issues. Drug therapy is not solely prescribing drugs and typically one part of a larger treatment process.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment

Originally intended as a treatment for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing have been found useful for treating substance abuse. We often find substance abuse and trauma to be connected. When working through trauma during addiction treatment the patient may be able to have more clarity as their PTSD symptoms are reduced. Lowering the distress that patients experience from their past trauma gives them more energy to focus on their sobriety. EMDR gives patients the chance to not solely focus on the pain from their trauma, but to recognize their resilience and strength.

Psychodynamic Addiction Treatment Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy takes a deep look at a patient’s past to better understand their present. This form of therapy approaches addiction as a result of past circumstances that have created unconscious patterns in our lives. Psychodynamic therapy believes that these events can cause behaviors that lead us into difficult paths and can lead to substance abuse as a way to cope. By resolving conflicts and creating new experiences patients can curb their drug or alcohol addiction. Patients who undergo Psychodynamic therapy will come out understanding what has caused certain behaviors and how to adapt in order to create healthier patterns.

Twelve-Step Facilitation

The 12-Step Facilitation Therapy approaches addiction treatment and recovery through the perspective of addiction being a disease. One of the core pillars to 12-Step Facilitation Therapy is the importance of community involvement and accountability. While patients are undergoing addiction treatment they are surrounded by others who are either on the same journey, or have taken the same journey and created a new life of sobriety. This approach includes a sponsor, someone who has gone through recovery and lives in sobriety. Through addressing emotional issues and by engaging in deep introspection patients have the opportunity to make big shifts in their lives and the path they’re on.

Relapse Prevention

With Freedom Recovery we include relapse prevention therapy to ensure that as patients leave rehab they have the necessary tools to continue their sobriety. Healthy coping strategies help us to mindfully make decisions during periods of high stress or after triggering events. During rehab patients will learn how drug and alcohol abuse act effectively as ways we cope with scenarios that overwhelm us. As we learn new relapse prevention techniques we are able to implement these same healthy coping strategies. By learning about the different types of relapse, and the various stages of addiction recovery patients will have a guide for their own recovery.

Faith-Based Rehab Programs

Freedom Recovery follows the 12-Step Facilitation Therapy approach while incorporating faith elements. By incorporating faith in spirituality, we work with patients to strengthen their sense of self. Through prayer, meditation, spiritual counseling, and other faith elements the 12 step program completely integrates the patient’s faith with recovery. Patience from all creeds and backgrounds are welcome at Freedom Recovery. More than half of the staff members identify as Christian, but our programs are open to interpretation, regardless of a patient’s personal spiritual journey.

Getting the Help You Need

Substance abuse is an addiction that can be extremely difficult to overcome alone. As a medical disease, addiction is often rooted in other serious matters like PTSD, trauma, and other health issues. To learn more about our 12 week program, or our outpatient programs, reach out to our staff.