Addiction therapy programs are designed specifically to help people with substance use disorders to overcome their condition and live life sober. Before beginning addiction therapy, patients typically stop using drugs and alcohol. While adjusting to sobriety, patients may participate in a variety of activities designed to help them address the root causes of addiction and build better coping skills.
Research supports the use of specific therapies in addiction treatment. At Riverside Recovery, we offer diverse therapies designed to meet the needs of almost any patient. Some of our options include individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, experimental therapies, trauma-focused therapies, medication-assisted treatment, and holistic and recreational therapies.
Individual therapy sessions are conducted one-on-one with a trained therapist. Although the techniques used in individual therapy sessions may vary, the goal of these sessions at Riverside Recovery is typically to help patients understand the underlying factors that led to the development of the substance use disorder. During individual therapy, patients also work to resolve their underlying issues and develop skills they can use to maintain their sobriety after leaving treatment.
Riverside Recovery also offers group therapy sessions, which are conducted with peers. The purpose of group therapy sessions at Riverside Recovery is not only to help patients build knowledge and useful skills, but also to encourage them to support one another as they progress toward a full recovery from addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping the patient identify inaccurate or harmful beliefs and thoughts so they can respond to them in a better way. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Because many people with substance use disorders have co-occurring mental health problems, cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially helpful in addiction treatment programs. When used in addiction treatment programs, the objectives of cognitive behavioral therapy include identifying better ways to manage emotions, developing coping skills, managing symptoms of co-occurring mental illnesses, and overcoming past traumas.
Motivational interviewing is a person-centered approach to therapy. This type of therapy aims to help patients resolve their ambivalent feelings and insecurities and find the motivation needed to change unhealthy behaviors. The first goal of motivational interviewing when used in addiction treatment is to help the patient increase their motivation to make important changes to their life. The second goal of motivational interviewing is to facilitate a commitment to change. Because this type of therapy is person-centered, the therapist’s role is more passive, allowing the patient to talk and worth through issues on their own.
Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a specific type of therapy that works by helping clients learn to manage difficult emotions and maintain more stable, peaceful interpersonal relationships. The goal of DBT is to guide patients into developing skills in four important areas:
In the context of addiction treatment, DBT serves to help patients find better ways to cope with difficult emotions and conflict so they are not tempted to return to drug use.
Accelerated resolution therapy, or ART, combines techniques used in other psychotherapies, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The goal of ART is to provide better, faster results for patients by leveraging the strengths of each of the approaches incorporated. ART can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
Experimental therapies are therapies that are still under investigation and/or are not considered traditional. Although these therapies have not been as widely or frequently used as other options, they may still offer benefits for many patients.
One of the most popular experimental therapies available at Riverside Recovery is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR. This type of therapy involves the use of rapid eye movements, similar to those that occur during sleep. The goal of EMDR is to reprogram the way the brain stores distressing memories, thus reducing mental health symptoms related to past traumas.
Trauma-focused therapies have four key components:
Medication-assisted treatment is a specialized form of treatment that combines specific medications with cognitive behavioral therapy. The purpose of the medication prescribed in MAT programs is to reduce drug cravings so patients can focus all of their energy on treatment. MAT programs typically have a lower rate of relapse, as patients are less tempted to use drugs.
Holistic and recreational therapies are often used in combination with other therapies to support addiction recovery. These therapies improve patients’ quality of life and encourage better physical and mental health. Riverside Recovery offers a variety of holistic and recreational therapies, including kayaking, fishing, yoga, swimming, basketball, and volleyball.
With a wide range of therapies available to treat addiction, it can become difficult to determine which option will be most effective. For the best results, our patients will work with a team of licensed specialists who will design treatment programs based on each patient’s unique needs and goals. At Riverside Recovery, we take the time to understand your background and situation so we can make informed recommendations.
To learn more about our therapies and programs available at Riverside Recovery of Tampa, please contact our admissions team today.