Therapy & Counseling
For adults who suffer from addiction, there is often more to the story than a simple desire or urge to use drugs. Addiction often develops as a result of a behavioral problem, mental illness, or the desire to mask underlying traumatic experiences or abuse. Therapy and counseling provides the foundation for most adult addiction rehabilitation programs and focuses on promoting positive behavioral change, treating underlying mental illness and effectively helping the addict to heal psychologically from the effects of the substance abuse.
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Various types of therapy and counseling are offered in adult drug rehab programs including individual counseling, group counseling & various types of behavioral therapy. Family therapy is also provided at many of these facilities in an effort to help the recovering addict rebuild a strong family support network that will help them to stay sober for many years to come. The types of counseling or behavioral therapy that are most effective for you will depend on various factors including your own desires, your lifestyle and any underlying conditions that you may have.
Though group counseling typically provides the foundation for peer support, education and behavioral change, individual counseling also plays a key role in the recovery process. During individual counseling, the patient is able to talk freely and openly with a substance abuse counselor, psychologist or similar professional about his or her feelings, addiction, past, present and future. Individual counseling offers patients a safety zone in which they can communicate about their feelings, their desire to change and the potential causes of the addiction.
The primary foundation for nearly every type of addiction treatment, both inpatient and outpatient, is group counseling. Group counseling sessions offer patients a place to seek peer support and to build friendships with others who share similar goals in recovery and who have had similar experiences in their addiction. During group counseling, members are asked to participate and to talk openly but to refrain from negativity. The idea here is to provide peer support in a group environment that is conducive the promoting social interaction under the direct supervision and moderation of a therapist or group moderator.
Often times, addiction is considered a behavioral problem that is well-treated utilizing behavioral therapy techniques such as CBT. During behavioral therapy, the patient will learn how to change poor behaviors such as their use of dangerous substances and instead take part in healthy behaviors. Many types of behavioral therapy are offered in adult drug rehab depending on the severity of the addiction, the type of addiction and the individual needs of the patient.