The Importance of Therapy in Addiction Treatment

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Addiction is, at its core, a complex disorder of the brain that is often accompanied by co-occurring mental health disorders. There are nearly unlimited combinations of genes and environmental factors that contribute to the development of addiction which is why therapy in addiction treatment is so important. Wellbridge integrates therapy in many forms into our treatment program – including psychotherapy (talk therapy).

The two main types of psychotherapy therapy are individual and group therapy, both of which are important parts of the addiction treatment process.

Benefits of Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Therapy in addiction treatment is crucial to achieving long-term sobriety success and being able to pivot when relapse occurs post-treatment. Some of the key benefits of therapy in addiction treatment are:

Creating a Safe Space

A large part of talk therapy is about creating a safe space for the patient to be heard through validation, reflective listening and understanding. This is important because it will create a space where healing can begin. Wellbridge’s approach to recovery in addiction treatment integrates both individual and group therapy. Both modalities are utilized when addressing the patient’s individualized treatment plan. This helps each member of treatment establish trust with their therapist, allowing them to open up and explore individual triggers and coping mechanisms; as well as begin to develop healthy relationships and trust in a group, or social setting.

Treating Co-occurring Disorders

In 2019, 9.5 million American adults ages 18-25 were diagnosed with at least one co-occurring disorder alongside a substance use disorder (SUD). Integrated treatment addresses both SUDs and any co-occurring mental illnesses and is a pillar of Wellbridge’s treatment program success. Through therapy, a therapist is able to identify and treat both SUD and co-occurring mental illness in parallel. Evidence has shown that this yields more successful results.

Finding the Source of Addiction Behaviors

Through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapist and individual are able to work towards gaining an understanding of what is at the core of their addiction. By looking at substance use triggers, thoughts and feelings surrounding substance us, and the core beliefs behind those thoughts and feelings, both the patient and therapist can gain a better understanding of what changes need to be made. Understanding individual triggers and identifying high-risk situations is key in developing a post-treatment plan for ongoing sobriety.

Developing Healthy Coping Skills

Therapy opens the door for learning and practicing healthy coping skills that can prevent relapse in high-risk situation. Recovery is a life-long journey – it is one day at a time. Having a set of healthy coping skills at one’s disposal will help them along the way and is an essential part of preparation for life post-treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about evidence-based addiction treatment at Wellbridge, contact us today.