While ending your relationship with substances is a huge step toward recovery, addiction therapy can provide the support and encouragement you need to continue toward your goals. More than just addressing addiction symptoms, these services focus on the underlying issues unique to every client. Licensed counselors can help you identify your triggers, work through challenging emotions and address signs of co-occurring conditions like depression or anxiety.
When you choose addiction therapy, you’ll have a support system to help you avoid relapse and achieve a healthier, substance-free life.
Addiction therapy can provide many advantages for people struggling with substances. Here are some of the key benefits:
Everyone who enters addiction treatment is different, and no one solution can address everyone’s struggles. Therapists will collaborate with you to provide care specifically tailored to your needs. That way, you can expect a more effective treatment plan that addresses all aspects of your addiction. In therapy, you’ll identify your specific addiction triggers and work with your therapist to devise a plan to manage them. For instance, you might recognize particular people, places or challenging emotions that might cause you to turn to substances and follow a customized therapy plan to manage triggers and avoid relapse.
While therapy can help you reduce uncomfortable symptoms or feelings associated with addiction, it most importantly addresses why you experience these symptoms. You’ll better understand the underlying causes of your addiction, including any emotional or psychological issues that might have contributed to it.
For instance, some people struggle to deal with or process their emotions appropriately. Others struggle with past trauma. Understanding underlying issues can help you better manage your addiction and prevent relapse. Focusing on all aspects of addiction, rather than just treating symptoms, is critical for real and lasting wellness.
Addiction therapy can help individuals develop new coping skills and strategies to deal with cravings, triggers, and other challenges associated with addiction. This can help them to manage their addiction better and maintain sobriety over the long term. Examples of coping skills you might learn in therapy include:
Addiction therapy can help individuals improve their relationships with family members, friends, and others as they learn new communication skills and develop healthier ways of interacting with others. This can also help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, which are common among those struggling with addiction.
You can also opt for family counseling services, leading to a healthier family dynamic and better communication. Family members can learn more about addiction and ways to support you while healing from its impact on your lives.
Addiction therapy aims to alleviate symptoms and support recovery. This includes your overall health and wellness. While you’ll establish healthy coping mechanisms to handle urges and cravings, these coping skills can also translate into less overall stress, anxiety, anger, or depression. In therapy, you can improve your emotional regulation or awareness of your feelings and how to process or respond to them healthily.
Addiction therapy might also support your physical health by encouraging exercise and other forms of wellness as a way to handle symptoms. For instance, many people turn to nature or daily walks to help with symptoms of stress and anxiety. These healthy habits can improve your mental and physical wellness while helping you achieve your recovery goals.
Whether in individual addiction therapy or group counseling, you’ll find people willing to listen to you and provide support through every step of your recovery journey. Sometimes just talking to a professional can alleviate stress or sadness, as you know someone understands what you’re going through and can provide the validation and encouragement you need in tough times. At the same time, your support network can offer tips and strategies for specific issues you’re struggling with.
In group therapy, you’ll gain multiple perspectives from those going through similar experiences, which can help you feel less alone. This nonjudgmental environment provides a space to discuss struggles and receive encouragement and accountability to stay committed to recovery. You can also extend your empathy and help others, immensely benefiting your mental health.
After a medical evaluation, we can determine the correct type of therapy for you. Here are the available addiction treatment therapies at Gateway Foundation:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an addiction therapy focused on helping individuals develop skills to manage their emotions, improve their relationships and tolerate distress without resorting to substance use.
Here are some aspects of DBT that can help treat addiction:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used form of psychotherapy effective in treating addiction. CBT focuses on first identifying and then working to change negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to addiction.
CBT can help you:
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an addiction treatment that uses medication combined with therapy and support services to manage substance use disorders. Overall, MAT can be an effective tool in managing addiction by reducing withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the risk of relapse. MAT can help individuals achieve and maintain long-term recovery when combined with therapy and support services.
For example, medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone can help individuals manage opioid addiction and reduce the risk of relapse. Other medications can help manage alcohol or nicotine addiction. MAT can also be used to treat people with co-occurring mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective counseling approach to treating addiction. MI is a client-centered approach that focuses on helping individuals resolve ambivalence and build motivation for change.
Here are some ways in which MI can be used to treat addiction:
Many people in recovery also struggle with mental health issues like depression, PTSD, and anxiety, which is referred to as a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis takes an integrated approach that addresses both conditions simultaneously. For example, integrated group therapy provides addiction treatment and mental health care in a group setting. It focuses on both addiction and mental health issues, providing a supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences, learn from each other and maintain long-term recovery.
Some of the most commonly asked questions about addiction therapy that we receive include:
Anyone struggling with addiction can benefit from addiction therapy. It can be especially helpful for those who have tried to end their substance use independently but have not succeeded. Additionally, it might be time for addiction therapy if:
The length of your program depends on your individual needs and goals. For some clients, outpatient care is all that is needed, and these sessions might last three to six hours a day. For others, detox is necessary, followed by a residential stay and step-down programs into outpatient care.
The length can vary based on your progress, with detox lasting between three to six days, residential around 30 days, and outpatient one to three months.
The specific type of therapy used in treatment depends on the client’s needs and circumstances. Our experienced staff will guide you through the admissions process to determine the right type for you. We’ll ask you questions and evaluate your symptoms and history. The first call will take a few minutes and is entirely confidential.
For clients struggling with challenging emotions and interpersonal problems, DBT might be a good fit. For those with a history of trauma, trauma-informed therapy will address your unique triggers to help treat both addiction and PTSD. Often a combination of behavioral therapies, holistic care, and support groups is the most effective treatment plan for people struggling with addiction.
Many insurance plans provide coverage for addiction therapy. However, the extent of coverage will vary depending on the specific program and the individual’s needs. It is essential to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for addiction therapy.
Addiction therapy can be highly effective in helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve long-term recovery. However, the success of addiction therapy depends on the individual’s commitment to the process and their willingness to make changes in their life. A 2022 study found that cognitive-behavioral therapy could effectively treat opioid use disorder, either alone or with medication. Doctors found that CBT could improve motivation and facilitate the development of new beliefs about substances, oneself, and the future.
Another study concluded that mindfulness-based interventions could reduce cravings and increase abstinence rates for those with addiction.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. Gateway Foundation offers evidence-based addiction therapy to those affected by substance use disorders. Our goal is to help you escape the cycle of addiction cycle while providing ongoing therapy and resources. We build our treatments on compassion and scientific cognitive-behavioral principles.
We offer residential treatment, outpatient services, support groups, and individual and family counseling services. All programs are geared toward helping you live a healthier life free of cravings and dependency. To learn more about our addiction therapy services, contact us today.