13 Different Types of Addiction Therapy

March 2, 2018

13 Different Types of Addiction Therapy

When looking into addiction treatment people are often surprised by the multitude of therapy options offered by each treatment center. Professionals in the space have learned that addiction treatment cannot be approached in a generalized way. Many different therapies ensures that individual patients receive individualized treatments. Having a variety of evidence-based therapy options means that each patient will find the path of treatment which will work best for them.

  1. Individualized Therapy: Sessions with a primary therapist normally once or twice a week. This is where a treatment plan is made after speaking with the patient and the staff.

  2. Family Therapy: Therapy that includes important people in the patient’s life like a spouse, parents, siblings, friends, etc who could help in the patient’s recovery. These sessions can either be in person, online or on the phone.

  3. Group Therapy: Therapeutic groups led by licensed clinical professionals and gives patients the opportunity to explore issues and relate to each other to solve these issues together.

  4. Trauma Therapy:  This is therapy for those who self-medicate or self-harm to heal from a traumatic experience.

  5. 12 Step Meetings: Fellowships that are offered several times weekly. These meetings help those in recovery get support from their peers and follow the 12 Steps in order to achieve recovery.

  6. Behavioral Therapy: Therapy used to examine unhealthy and undesirable behaviors while figuring out what situations are triggering these behaviors.

  7. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:  A form of psychotherapy that treats problems and increases happiness by changing negative behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

  8. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: People engage in unhealthy behaviors because of their irrational beliefs. REBT helps identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenge how rational those beliefs are, and replace them with healthier beliefs.

  9. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Therapy that gives clients new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict with other people. DBT uses four skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.

  10. Motivational Interviewing: Person-centered therapy that helps a patient find their own motivations to make good choices instead of out of guilt or legal punishment to stop using.

  11. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: A non-traditional mode of psychotherapy that uses a patient’s own rhythmic, rapid eye movement to strengthen the power of emotionally charged memories or traumatic events of the past.

  12. Community Reinforcement Approach: A program based on the belief that one’s environment has the power to impact whether someone will be encouraged or be discouraged to abuse drugs or alcohol. This mode of therapy will help the someone in recovery be able to cope with real life through job counselling, family counselling, and lifestyle planning.

  13. Expressive Therapy: A form of group therapy that gives clients the opportunity to use their creativity to make a work of art to analyze how a patient’s expressions can help them through recovery such as art and music therapy.

Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes in helping patients lead a life of abstinence through 12 Step programs, detox and medical treatment, psychotherapy, and complementary therapies. For more information, please call 041-986-5080. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-986-5080.

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