How can therapy help treat alcohol and drug addiction?
In the vast majority of cases, the pattern of addiction is formed upon an emotional basis. Substance abuse can provide an unconscious way to change the emotions that one feels, or to punish oneself and loved ones. Sometimes the pattern of addiction itself has led to a negative sense of value and self-worth that, in of itself, leads to deepening substance abuse.
Therapy provides a safe space to explore and resolve troubling emotions. The aim of person therapy is to bring to conscious awareness the emotions that underlie the addiction, and to teach new patterns of consciously responding to life. When emotional patterns can be resolved, then the feeling that lead to abuse will disintegrate. The result is the individual will feel empowered to choose sobriety over self abuse and their confidence will naturally grow.
Individual therapy to treat addiction
Individual therapy occurs in a confidential, one-on-one setting. Over the course of an ongoing series of treatment sessions, a relationship is built up between the therapist and the patient. This relationship is based on respect and report, such that the patient may feel safe to explore progressively deeper levels of repressed emotion.
A confident treatment professional at a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center will be trained in different forms of therapeutic intervention so that they may best be able to help the patient to overcome addiction and dependancy. The Addiction Rehab Center Chiang Mai advocates the use of cognitive behavioral therapy combined with a modern interpretation of the 12 step program for the treatment of drug and alcohol related addiction.
Group therapy and support groups
As the name suggest, group therapy treats addiction in a secure social setting. The group will consist of one of more facilitators leading a small group of individuals in recovery. It is most beneficial for people in recovery to foster relationships with other people who have chosen to take their lives back.
The relationships developed between patients in group therapy often form valuable ongoing support networks, that patients can refer to even after formal treatment has come to an end.
Support groups will often be lead over a series of sessions, with the therapist focusing each meeting on a specific theme. Patients are encouraged to share in a group setting. The experience of being “met” and having one’s emotions accepted by the group is a valuable experience that often helps people to come to a sense of acceptance in themselves.
Participation in the group therapy offered in a support group setting is a huge help with the process of helping the recovering addict to reintegrate back into life.