Addiction Treatment Therapy in Essex (860) 207-8342

Principles of effective treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are certain key principles that should be accommodated in any addiction treatment program in order to create maximum chances of successful recovery. In particular, addiction treatment should start with medically-assisted detox in many cases, but should not end there. The addiction treatment needs to continue for an adequate period of time, and must (as indicated above) be tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Additionally, drug use should be monitored in case of relapse during treatment. Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary in order to be effective, and it is vital to assess addicts for coexisting, underlying mental health issues. Call Drug Treatment Centers Essex at (860) 207-8342.

What is addiction treatment therapy?

Therapy for drug and alcohol addiction takes on various forms and methods. Individual and group therapy often look at how and why addiction developed, helping addicts understand why they turned to drugs or alcohol instead of using healthier coping strategies. Meanwhile, family therapy focuses on reestablishing bonds that may have been damaged by addiction, educating loved ones about the chronic and complex nature of addiction as a disease, and establishing effective, supportive strategies to maximize the chances of long-term sobriety.

Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages patients to actively engage in their own recovery by working on changing their attitudes and behaviors. The goal is to foster better life skills that will help addicts avoid returning to drugs once they leave the treatment facility. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy helps people adjust the underlying beliefs that motivate them, making it easier to be resilient in the face of potential triggers for drug abuse or alcoholism relapses.

Motivational interviewing capitalizes on the addict’s inherent desire for positive change. The therapist conducting this type of treatment will prize empathy, working collaboratively to overcome resistance in the client. Motivational incentives are also a popular element of addiction therapy, as positive reinforcement (whether verbal or based around increased privileges) helps to cement the addict’s new attitude to drug or alcohol, solidifying their mental association between abstinence and well-being.

Alternative Treatment Mehthods

  • SMART recovery uses motivational, cognitive and behavioral approaches to help encourage addicts to move on from substance abuse. It teaches self-management and problem-solving skills that are invaluable once clients leave the treatment center.
  • Art therapy bypasses verbal expression and allows people to represent their thoughts, emotions and experiences more vividly and creatively. It can be especially useful for those who have experienced childhood trauma that predates linguistic skills. This can include painting, sculpting, drawing and arts and crafts, among others.
  • Music therapy uses listening, signing or dancing to music to help clients manage their thoughts and emotions around addiction.
  • Restorative yoga helps some people manage their cravings during recovery, facilitating mindfulness and an increased ability to focus on the present.
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) aims to enhance moral development, as poor moral reasoning may be a problem for many substance abusers. This treatment approach can be particularly effective for resistant clients.
  • Biofeedback treatments aim to teach people how to control their heart rate, breathing and other bodily functions by raising awareness of these functions. It can be useful in helping people cope with stress and anxiety during (and after) recovery.

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and want to learn more about our treatment therapies, call Drug Treatment Centers Essex today at (860) 207-8342, and start living life free from the burden of addiction.

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