Psychotherapy is a type of counseling that helps you identify and process your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of this therapy approach is to remove unhealthy patterns to achieve a healthy mental state and overall wellness.
The therapy assists people suffering from substance use disorders and mental health conditions. The practice helps to identify and confront the underlying issues that drive destructive behaviors. This therapeutic approach then focuses on building healthy coping skills. In turn, individuals learn how to manage future conflicts, triggers, and stressful situations.
Both on its own and in conjunction with other treatments, psychotherapy is benefical for the development of skills people need to stay motivated in recovery.
The Importance of Psychotherapy in Rehab
Recovery-sensitive psychotherapy helps navigate the goals of recovery, such as confronting relapse. While unpleasant, the truth of addiction is that throughout early recovery, the danger of relapse is ever-present.
During early recovery, the body is bombarded by the physical and chemical side effects of addiction. In general, the beginnings of these side effects are due to both the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. As a result, people in early recovery can find it hard to think straight due to the brain’s lack of dopamine.
Maintaining sobriety takes more than willpower and courage. In order to successfully recover, people must focus their energy on combating the cravings and triggers that threaten sobriety. Those who participate in psychotherapy learn their personal triggers alongside healthy coping skills to combat relapse. This is why getting the right treatment is so important.
Psychotherapy Treatment Programs
Both inpatient and outpatient recovery-sensitive psychotherapy treatment programs are designed to provide a protective environment, free of personal and social factors that may have contributed to the original substance dependence.
Generally, inpatient treatment programs do not last long enough for sustainable long-term recovery. For this reason, many treatment professionals consider continuing aftercare programs essential. During aftercare, you may be returning to the environmental stressors that fostered your dependency, and it is loaded with pressures, problems, and temptations.
This is why most people who relapse do so during the first few months after completing inpatient treatment. To help prevent relapse, we offer our extended aftercare program equipped with supportive staff members and therapists to help you during the early stages of recovery.
Individualized Therapeutic Approach
At Royal Life Centers, we value each of our guest’s unique journey to a fulfilling life in recovery, we provide individualized therapeutic approaches. While in psychotherapy, your therapist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your unique needs in recovery.
It is important to remember that the mental and physical side effects of alcohol or drugs may persist long after detox and affect each person differently. Many people struggle with anhedonia, or the inability to experience pleasure, for weeks or months after their last drink or drug. After abstinence begins, the body is just starting to heal itself, making millions of adjustments in order to return to normal. As a result, people who go to detox and return home lack the necessary skills to cope with the lingering effects of addiction and fall victim to relapse.
For this reason, it is vital to receive individualized treatment in a full-continuum-of-care program to successfully recover from addiction. As you work through past and current trauma in psychotherapy, the skills you learn during inpatient, aftercare, and outpatient programs can help you maintain sobriety and life a fulling life in recovery.
Psychotherapy for Relapse Prevention
If you have already attempted to recover in treatment without finding success, psychotherapy may be the answer to your problems. By joining one of our programs, we will help you begin a successful recovery this time in psychotherapy. Recovery-sensitive psychotherapy helps you to identify your triggers, which puts you in a position where you can better prevent relapse.
As you participate in psychotherapy, our therapists will help you understand how your reactions lead to unhealthy behaviors. Then, you and your therapist will collaborate in designing an action plan for relapse prevention. With the help of psychotherapy, you can use relapse prevention techniques to maintain your sobriety. As a result, you can enter into a healthy, sober lifestyle with more clarity than ever before.
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