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