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Therapy Options in Rehab

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binge drinkingApproximately one in 10 people over the age of 12 in America are addicted to either drugs or alcohol, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Among them, only a mere 11 percent will get the help they need to combat their addiction. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. notes that 37.2 percent of the admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States in 2009 were for patients dependent on both drugs and alcohol.

The Rehab Process

Upon entry to rehab, you will go through a period of detox. For most, this is an uncomfortable time that can be both emotionally and physically overwhelming. In some cases, medication will be provided to the patient in order to ease the effects of withdrawal and make the detox experience more bearable. For most, the first week to 10 days will be spent detoxing from all substances. PBS Online notes an estimated 80 percent of detoxed addicts return to drug use. It’s important to note that detox on its own does not constitute addiction treatment; a comprehensive addiction treatment program must follow detox. Thus, the success of your time in rehab is primarily based on what comes after detox that inhibits you from using again, not only the feat of weaning yourself off alcohol of drugs itself.

Once you’ve completed detox, you’ll undergo an evaluation process to help determine the best course of care. Medical professionals will assess both your mental and physical health. Many patients are caught off guard at this stage when diagnosed with health conditions they weren’t aware they had, especially when the diagnosis is related to their mental health. There is no reason to be embarrassed by a mental health condition; after all, one in five Americans are living with at least one diagnosed mental illness, according to Newsweek. Since mental health often factors heavily into substance abuse, the most effective recovery takes place when all issues are addressed concurrently.


One of the most prominent features of many rehabilitation facilities is the extensive list of qualified professionals on staff to render a variety of therapy modules to patients. While many patients are led to rehab to address similar addiction problems, no two patients are identical, and the best treatment centers understand that.

There are many types of therapy used to treat substance abusers that have proven their efficacy time after time, such as:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy+

This form of therapy focuses on negative thought patterns that keep patients trapped in the same cycle of negative thoughts that develop into undesirable actions, per the Mayo Clinic. Patients of this type of therapy will learn to cope with trauma, grief and symptoms of mental illness. In addition, they’ll develop ways of managing feelings that make them want to drink or use drugs again without giving in to their urges.

CBT is most commonly used for patients with a diagnosed mental health disorder but has been effective for those without. One study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that cocaine-dependent patients who received CBT were more likely to be drug-free a year later.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy+

Patients who have suicidal tendencies, mood and personality disorders, or behavioral problems can benefit greatly from Dialectical Behavior Therapy. A study published in the American Journal of Addictions notes higher efficacy for this form of therapy in treating co-occurring conditions of substance abuse and borderline personality disorder when compared to a treatment-as-usual group. According to the Linehan Institute, DBT centers on the reasons why someone acts and thinks the way they do and aims to decrease unwanted behaviors through acceptance of one’s feelings.

Individual Therapy+

Individual counseling is part of virtually all inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs. While it may occur more frequently for some patients, individual counseling allows for a private mode of therapy and verbal communication between the therapist and the patient. Many recovering addicts make their most significant discoveries and progress in one-on-one therapy.

Motivational Interviewing+

The purpose of Motivational Interviewing is to allow the patient to take part in planning their treatment regimen and confronting their substance abuse problems on their own. With Motivational Interviewing, the patient takes a very active role, finding motivation from within, rather than the therapist imposing their own thoughts and motivational thinking on the patient. The majority of patients who undergo this type of therapy successfully complete treatment. It is widely used in substance abuse treatment settings, because it puts power back in the recovering individual’s hands.

Psychoeducational Groups+

The purpose of psychoeducational groups is to educate people on the nature of their illness and the best treatment approaches available for it. Thus, patients who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder generally see positive results with this type of therapy. While some practitioners prefer to shy away from group therapy modules with patients who present with anxiety disorders, some will do just the opposite as a way of utilizing exposure therapy to remediate social phobias.

In one experiment, psychoeducational lectures were delivered to participants who presented with symptoms of depression. Nine months later, depression remission was shown at 58.8 percent in the group that received the lectures and only 20 percent of the treatment-as-usual group, per PsychCentral.

Family Therapy

While in the throes of addiction, relationships are often damaged. A key part of the recovery process is establishing a strong support system that can assist the addict as they return to life in the outside work, and family members play a vital role in this support system.

With family therapy, family and close friends are invited to the facility to participate in therapy with the recovering individual. In therapy, past issues can be addressed, including broken trust and the pain caused by addiction. With repeated sessions, damaged relationships can be restored, helping to mend some of the destruction done by addiction.

We Can Help You Find the Right Treatment for You

These are just some of the options you’ll have at your disposal when it comes to therapy during the rehabilitation process. Whether you’re attending treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis, you can benefit from many of these techniques. When you work with a professional treatment facility, your treatment team will help design a care plan that incorporates the optimal therapies for your situation.

It’s not too late to change the entire landscape of your life. The future begins with your call. Reach out to us today, and we’ll help you take your first step on a healing journey to recovery.


Rehab International is a service provided by Foundations Recovery Network. As part of the Foundations Recovery Network, our goal is to provide science-based treatments to individuals suffering from issues of addiction and mental illness.

When you call you will be connected to a member of the Foundations Recovery Network who will assist in providing you with any questions you may have regarding the treatment process.

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