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Addiction Therapy

Addiction Therapy

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 patient. 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. 

The Benefits of Addiction Therapy

Addiction therapy can provide many advantages for people struggling with substances. Here are some of the key benefits:

Customized Care

Customized Care

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.

Treating the Underlying Issues

Treating the Underlying Issues

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. 

Establishing Coping Skills

Establishing Coping Skills

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:

  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Stress can often cause young adults to turn to substances or alcohol. But when you can work on easing tension on your own, you will no longer feel the need to rely on substances. Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice that can help you address problems more helpfully as it aims to keep you grounded in the present. Over time, these strategies can lead to less anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Exercise and nutrition: Substances can immensely impact your physical health. Getting active through exercise and eating nutritious meals can help nourish the body in recovery. It can also be an excellent coping skill for addiction triggers. Exercise can reduce stress, release dopamine and help you sleep better to prevent triggering feelings.
  • Journal and find gratitude: Another tip you might learn in addiction therapy is journaling and practicing gratitude. These coping skills can help you find peace within yourself and appreciate all the good things in life. Therapists might encourage you to write down everything you’re grateful for or journal to relieve stress, release challenging emotions, and improve moods.
  • Connect with others: Being around people who uplift us can help with addiction triggers and improve overall wellness. Therapists are your support system, as are the people you meet in group therapy. These people might be there for you in times of stress or to celebrate your successes. Many people find that the friends they make in treatment eventually become part of a long-term support system. 

Improved Relationships

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. 

Encouraging Lifelong Healthy Habits

Encouraging Lifelong Healthy Habits

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.

Building a Network of Support

Building a Network of Support

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. 

What Addiction Therapy Looks Like With Gateway Foundation

Overall, addiction therapy can be valuable in treating and managing addiction. At Gateway Foundation, we offer addiction therapy to help you through any challenges you might be facing. By providing support, developing coping skills, addressing underlying issues, and improving relationships, addiction therapy can help you better manage your addiction and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Here’s how addiction therapy works at Gateway Foundation:

1. Developing a Custom Care Plan

Developing a Custom Care Plan

When you enter treatment, professionals will evaluate your needs, history, and other factors before developing a custom care plan. For instance, some patients benefit from a structured and supervised residential treatment plan. Others require less intensive care or outpatient services. You might even opt for addiction therapy online, where you can connect with counselors and educational resources. 

All levels of care include addiction therapy to support your recovery and overall health and wellness. Your program is individualized and adjusted as you progress through clinical milestones set for you by professionals.

2. Starting Evidence-Based Treatment

Starting Evidence-Based Treatment

After determining the level of care you need, medical professionals will assess your symptoms and history to decide the right therapy for you. Gateway Foundation offers several types of evidence-based addiction treatment therapies to support your needs and recovery goals, from DBT and CBT to medication-assisted treatment and dual-diagnosis services. 

You’ll likely meet one-on-one with your therapist a few times a week, depending on the level of care you need. While patients in residential care can expect frequent sessions, those in outpatient treatment might only meet once or twice a week. You’ll also participate in group therapy sessions and get to know people with experiences similar to your own. Sessions are led by a group leader who facilitates discussion and helps you meet your individual recovery goals.

3. Adding Recreational Activities

Adding Recreational Activities

In addition to evidence-based therapy, Gateway Foundation provides holistic therapy services to aid recovery. These enrichment opportunities, from expressive arts therapy to outdoor adventure activities and group outings, can support your overall physical and mental health. Gateway Foundation offers and encourages various recreational activities to alleviate mental health symptoms and encourage team building and coordination.

Music, painting, drawing, dance, drama, and other art mediums can reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. They can also distract you from withdrawal symptoms and promote communication skills. 

4. Aftercare 

Both during and after completing therapy, patients are encouraged to reflect and recharge. You’ll work with medical professionals who will note your progress, successes, obstacles, or components of your program that might need to be modified. They can also connect you with aftercare programs to contribute to your long-term recovery goals. 

Whether you hope to join a 12-step group, continue therapy, or connect with alums, Gateway Foundation can help support your ongoing treatment. After all, addiction recovery is often a lifelong process, and aftercare can help you avoid relapse and stay connected to a community. 

Types of Addiction Therapy Services We Offer

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

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

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:

  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques can help you better understand your thoughts, feelings, and urges to use substances and develop more effective coping strategies.
  • Distress tolerance: DBT can teach you the skills to tolerate distress without turning to substances, such as distraction, self-soothing, and grounding. 
  • Emotion regulation: You’ll also learn how to identify and label feelings, problem-solve, and manage intense emotions without turning to substances. 
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: DBT can help you improve your relationships and communicate effectively through assertiveness training, active listening, and conflict resolution training. 
  • Relapse prevention: Managing triggers for substance use, developing a relapse prevention plan, and improving abilities to cope with high-risk situations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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:

  • Identify triggers: You’ll gain insight into the motivations that might lead to your substance use, such as stress, negative emotions, or certain social situations. That way, you can come up with a plan to manage them.
  • Challenge negative thoughts: CBT can help you challenge negative thoughts to develop a more positive outlook and improve coping mechanisms for stress and challenges.
  • Establish coping skills: One of the most crucial components of CBT for addiction is building coping skills to manage addiction, such as relaxation techniques, problem-solving skills, and healthy communication.
  • Build self-esteem: CBT helps individuals build self-esteem and confidence by focusing on their strengths and accomplishments rather than their weaknesses and mistakes.
  • Setting goals: CBT helps individuals set realistic and achievable goals for their recovery, such as staying sober for a certain period, attending support group meetings, or practicing self-care activities.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment

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

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective counseling approach to treating addiction. MI is a patient-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:

  • Resolving ambivalence: MI helps individuals explore their ambivalence about changing their substance use. By identifying and exploring both the advantages and disadvantages of substance use, individuals can better understand their motivation for change.
  • Building motivation: MI helps individuals build motivation for change by highlighting the positive aspects of change, such as improved health, relationships, and quality of life. By assisting individuals to connect their goals to their personal values and beliefs, MI can help individuals build intrinsic motivation for change.
  • Strengthening self-efficacy: MI helps individuals develop a sense of self-efficacy or confidence in their ability to change their substance use. By highlighting past successes and strengths, individuals can build confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Dual Diagnosis Therapies

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction Therapy

Some of the most commonly asked questions about addiction therapy that we receive include:

1. Who Can Benefit From Addiction Therapy?

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:

  • People close to you are concerned about your substance use or behavior
  • You have suffered consequences like job loss, health issues, or financial difficulties due to the use
  • Your life has become unmanageable 
  • You’ve turned to substances to cope with emotional pain or stress

2. How Long Does Treatment Last?

The length of your program depends on your individual needs and goals. For some patients, 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. 

3. What Type of Therapy Is Right For Me or a Loved One?

The specific type of therapy used in treatment depends on the patient’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 patients 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.

4. Is Addiction Therapy Covered by Insurance? 

Is Addiction Therapy Covered by Insurance?

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.

5. How Effective Is 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. 

Evidence-Based Addiction Therapy Near You

Evidence-Based Addiction Therapy Near You

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.