When we completely rebuilt Recovery Guild we made it a point to incorporate the leading, most effective addiction therapies available and to find the best people trained in those therapies for our clinical team. For example, CBT for addiction, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
CBT is a very goal-oriented psychotherapy that is highly practical in its approach to problem solving as well as addressing and changing the patterns of thought that lead to negative behaviors, ultimately changing how the individual feels. CBT is now a leading therapy for addiction treatment, as well as anxiety, depression and a host of other disorders. The therapy focuses on thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes as a part of the cognitive process and how they relate to a person’s behavior and the way he, or she, deals with emotional problems.
CBT Techniques for Addiction are Only the Start
There are many new therapies beside CBT techniques for addiction that we’ve incorporate into our treatment palette. In addition, we’ve included DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.
Theoretically, some people are prone toward reacting in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary, or normal, manner in situations that can be more emotional, specifically with people who are a love interest, or family or friends. These people attain a higher level of emotional response more rapidly and take longer to return to baseline arousal levels and can experience extreme swings in their emotions. They also typically jump from one crisis to another.
These people usually have no understanding of what they’re experiencing, how out-of-the-ordinary it is and they have no tools for coping with it these sudden and intense emotions. DBT teaches them the skills they need to deal with these instances and emotions.
Plus Other Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Addiction
Along with cognitive behavioral therapy for drug addiction we also include other helpful therapies. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is another useful tool.
EMDR is specifically used in treating people with emotional distress as the result of some form of trauma, such as a disturbing life event. It was once thought that any emotional event or trauma would take years to heal. However, EMDR has proven that it doesn’t, that the mind can heal quickly much the way the body heals from a physical trauma. The brain naturally move towards self-healing. When a trauma occurs it can act as a blockage to this healing. EMDR helps remove the blockage and the brain, or mind, heals itself.
EMDR has been proven to work and work quickly in study after study. In fact, all of the above cognitive therapies work quickly in a treatment situation, which is why they’re so advantageous in addiction treatment. So, don’t wait, call us now and let’s talk about how we can put together the treatment program that will help you.