Therapy Techniques Combating Substance Abuse
Addiction has destroyed many lives as it ruins the individual’s family structure, career, and financial stability. Addiction can come in many forms such as drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and shopping. Throughout the years, many therapy techniques have been developed to combat substance abuse addiction. Addiction treatment requires both individual therapy, in which underlying causes of the disease can be identified, and group therapy which will help the individual to socialize and integrate into society accordingly. The most popular therapy techniques for substance abuse addiction are cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy and family therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is routinely used as a type of addiction treatment that teaches the individual to identify and change their negative behaviors. In cognitive behavioral therapy, patients acquire coping skills and learn how to recognize risky situations, so that they can then apply positive action to prevent relapse. The strategies learned in cognitive behavioral therapy can be paired with other therapy techniques and can be used long after the initial treatment.
Motivational therapy, also referred to as contingency management (CM), is a form of addiction therapy that helps patients to uncover internal motivations to stay clean. Although motivational therapy is commonly used as a supplemental treatment, it has had great success in preventing patients from terminating their treatment programs, and thus reduces relapse.
One of the most important forms of therapies for substance abuse addiction is family therapy. It is important for family members to learn about the underlying causes of addiction. Family therapy gives the family the tools they need to cope and identify the signs of relapse. Although there are many variations of family therapy, each address how addiction affects the family structure and the importance of the family members to heal from the negative impact of addiction. When family members participate in addiction therapy, they are able to improve communication and the home structure by setting goals, which are key for a successful recovery.
Substance abuse addiction treatment must be individualized, as addiction affects each person differently. A combination of therapy treatments is widely used to combat addiction. Treatment plans should be adjusted when needed and as time progresses. It is important that both individual and group therapy is utilized to acquire skills needed to recover and stay sober. Please contact an addiction professional at Resurgence Tampa Bay who can restore the real you.
Christina Sanchez Miller, MPH has over 20 years of financial management, operations management, biologics, quality assurance and research experience in the medical field. She is a published author in scientific books, papers and has presented at several international conferences. Christina has developed medical applications in the biologics field. She has assisted foreign health departments in writing legislation and working with clients in over 60 countries with licensures and permitting. Christina has personal experience with the struggles of having loved ones suffering from addictions and mental health disorders. Christina is committed to ensuring Resurgence Tampa Bay is able to bring peace and healthy living to its clients.
Resurgence Tampa Bay is a substance abuse mental health clinic with extensive experience in treating addictions and co-occurring diseases. Resurgence Tampa Bay offers individual therapy, outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient therapy, intervention and prevention services.
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