Addiction Therapy in Costa Mesa

Addiction therapy is a type of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals overcome addiction and develop healthier behaviors and coping mechanisms.

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There are many different types of therapy in the psychology realm. Many therapy models continue to evolve and change as science and studies progress globally.

Some types of drug addiction therapy are best suitable to use when dealing with recovery. Most of these therapies have been practiced and recorded data for decades.

Treatments are geared toward the individual with the understanding that addiction is a complex part of the whole person and can look different to each person. However, the good news is, We can treat substance abuse. Many licensed therapists and caring psychologists use more than one of these models simultaneously for an overall personalized treatment therapy system, depending on the patient and their unique situation.

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Family Support During Addiction Rehab

Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Matrix Model

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Contingency Management

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Types Of Therapies At Opus Health​

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of drug addiction therapy that holds the model that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected. It was first used to treat depression patients but was found effective in helping patients overcome anxiety, PTSD, traumatic memories, addiction, and psychotic disorders.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy relates emotions and thoughts to the influence of behavior and behaviors to the influence of feelings and ways of thinking. CBT is helpful for anyone recovering from addiction because it builds awareness of your thoughts, actions, and often-ignored emotions. It allows you to reflect on the consequences of each of these three. With more awareness, you can work toward building new mindsets and daily habits to improve your overall life and relationships.

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Multidimensional Family Therapy

This type of therapy upholds the reality that addiction is not just personal but also a “family disease.” Instead of treating only the addicted person(s) in the family, therapists work with all members of the immediate circle of loved ones to address the issues before, during, and after a harmful addiction. Usually, therapists in this model will have private sessions with each family member and maintain group family sessions as well. 
This is effective because it gives all people in close relationships with the addict to find the support and understanding they need in a sensitive time while still providing love and support. In contrast, the addict goes through their recovery journey.Since every person in the family may feel entitled to their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and expectations of others, this type of therapy can become challenging and quite messy. However, it’s helped countless families stand firm during an addiction within the family. It is a great way to feel less alone and bring relationships together in a way that might otherwise feel overwhelming or isolated.
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Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness cognitive therapy (MBCT) started as a method of relapse-prevention in patients recovering from substance abuse leaning toward depressive disorders.

It’s since expanded to other patients in the case that they can align with new beliefs, thought patterns, and meditative exercises to prevent a pattern of downward spiraling that leads to relapse or major depressive episodes. Through breathing, self-awareness, meditation, and increased mindfulness, patients can avoid attachment to negative feelings and take some space before reacting abruptly to triggering emotions and situations. MBCT helps recovering addicts find practical tools they can use at any time and place to prevent difficult temptations of relapse.
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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing was created to address illicit drug use. Through this therapy, the therapist encourages the patient to reach empowering decision-making skills to live life

in a more motivated way. Those in recovery from addiction benefit greatly from goal-setting and continual motivation. So this therapy model is essentially a way to allow the individual to talk through any issues to reach their conclusions and then make positive decisions that lead to change.
Motivational Interviewing has been seen as an effective, empathetic approach to talk therapy. It opens up the chance for patients to reflect on where they’ve been and what they want to do to change their circumstances and take realistic steps to reach a new lifestyle.

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Matrix Model

The Matrix Model combines the most effective practices from the most effective therapies to treat addiction, especially with stimulant-drug addiction (like cocaine or meth).

There’s a specific structure, and this model usually lasts around 16 weeks but can sometimes go longer. The Matrix Model is combined with an IOP (intensive outpatient program), meaning the patient doesn’t have to be in an inpatient rehab program to take this therapeutic approach. They can go about their daily lives while going in for therapy sessions several times weekly.

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Contingency Management

Also called “Motivational Incentives,” this therapy model began in the early 1900s and is still widely practiced today. It’s been noted to be most effective with defiant disorders, addiction recovery, and impulsivity.

The idea is based on operant conditioning. This means helpful, and desired behaviors are rewarded, and harmful/undesired actions are punished. Treatment centers like our detox center for men tend to use this type of drug addiction therapy. It’s helpful because addiction is often influenced by social, learned, and biological factors. Therefore, the patient can relearn beliefs about which actions are desirable to him and why with operant conditioning. Clean drug tests could mean recreational or financial privileges, and testing positive for drugs might mean losing free time or eventually being kicked out of the program. This is simply an example and is not necessarily how we do things.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR is a popular trauma-focused treatment style of therapy for patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Unlike most cognitive and talk-therapy approaches, EMDR has an 8-step formula approach. Therapists use specific eye movements for the patient to reprocess past traumatic experiences that may have been shut off or blocked out of full processing.

EMDR is highly effective and can show drastic results even in one or two sessions. Some people who undergo EMDR therapy claim they can “literally feel their synapses rewiring.” It’s a primary helpful tool in addiction recovery because, as studies continue, it’s been found that substance abuse is commonly a coping mechanism for dealing with unresolved traumatic life experiences. The result is a fully interactive (and safe!) process of coping with traumas to free the personal habits that formerly inhibited emotional, social, and cognitive functioning.

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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

In the 1950s, Albert Ellis was a Psychologist who studied many types of therapy and, at the time, considered many of them to be incomplete. He wanted a new model where the individual’s thoughts and beliefs could be observed in how the two affect personal behavior or moods.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy takes into account two main things:

Thought, which is how a person uniquely perceives something, and
Emotion, which is the feeling a person has about the situation.

People hold positive and negative beliefs, which can be learned or influenced throughout life. Beliefs can also be changed for the better. The goal is to work through reaching better beliefs about the self, others, and expectations about life.