Types of Addiction Therapy

Addiction is a terrible disease that affects millions of people every day. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from addiction never get the help they need. In 2017, over 20 million Americans suffered from some sort of substance abuse issue. Only around 2 million people actually got the help they needed to combat that addiction. 

types of addiction therapy

Everyone in life is different and the same goes for addiction. Sure, multiple people could be suffering from the same type of substance abuse but no two people ever truly suffer from the same addiction. That’s why, when it comes to addiction treatment, that each treatment plan is custom made to tailor to the exact needs of each person. 

What might work for one person might not necessarily work for someone else. It’s because of this that when it comes to addiction treatment, there are so many different options available. 

There are several different types of addiction therapy that are more common, or popular, than others. Those include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Alternative therapy

On this page, we will take a look at some of the different therapy options that we offer at CNV Detox so that you can best decide which type of treatment will be best for you.

Individual Therapy

The biggest component of all types of addiction treatment is therapy. Therapy allows both you and the therapist to really get to the bottom of your addiction and learn about the mental side of your addiction. Therapy focuses on teaching those in recovery the skills needed to get and stay sober as well as how to navigate various situations without turning to drugs or alcohol.

One of the main types of therapy that you will participate in during treatment is individual therapy. Individual therapy takes place in a one-on-one setting with you and your therapist or counselor. 

During individual therapy sessions, you and your therapist can discuss things that you might not have been able to bring up in group therapy. There might be things that just pertain to you or even things that you don’t feel comfortable addressing in a group setting. 

That is exactly what individual therapy is for. It is an intimate and safe setting where you and your therapist can discuss what lead you down the path to addiction and work on ways to avoid those temptations in the future.

Behavioral therapy is a popular technique that is used during individual therapy treatment. When it comes to behavioral therapy the two most widely used types are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)  focuses on learning to reduce problematic behavior associated with substance abuse. A key component of CBT is anticipating situations where temptation might arise and applying certain strategies, such as avoidance or self-control. This is done in order to prevent relapse when treatment is completed.

During cognitive behavioral therapy, the patient learns how to recognize potential situations that could cause problems before they arise and do something to prevent it by using a variety of skills that they learn during treatment. 

By learning what causes the temptations, they can put themselves in better situations to avoid the temptations altogether. The can recognize cravings and other triggers and develop strategies for handling those situations.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been proven to work in addressing the following addictions:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is ideal for those who struggle to regulate emotions and have thoughts of self-harm or suicide. This type of therapy focuses on accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or behaviors which then allows the patient to overcome them.

DBT focuses mostly on relaxation techniques, such as yoga, that help the patient become more aware of their thoughts and emotions. They learn skills such as controlled breathing and muscle relaxation to better handle self-destructive thoughts or urges.

The ultimate goal of DBT is to decrease the frequency and severity of self-harming behavior and encourage healthy change.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating the following ailments:

  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-destructive behavior

Group Therapy

Along with individual therapy, another key component of treatment is group therapy. Group therapy and individual therapy tend to compliment each other. A lot of the topics discussed in group therapy will be expanded upon during individual therapy sessions. 

Group therapy sessions take place in a group setting where one therapist will meet with several patients at the same time. During group therapy, you will typically meet with other people who are dealing with similar issues. 

This will allow you not only to share your issues, but it is also a great opportunity for others to share how they handled a situation similar and provide advice and support.

When it comes to group therapy, there are five different types that are commonly used:

  • Behavioral groups
  • Support groups
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Skills-development groups
  • Interpersonal process groups

Family Therapy

When someone suffers from addiction, it not only affects them but also those around them. The hardest-hit group tends to be the person’s family as that is usually who they are spending the most time around and, as a result, experience the difficulty the most. 

That’s why family therapy is such an integral part of the treatment process. Just like the person suffering from the addiction goes to therapy to address their issues, the family of that person also needs help. 

Family therapy offers the opportunity to talk about their issues related to the addiction, as well as learn ways to help and support their loved one when their treatment is over. The goal of family therapy is to bring clarity to all relationships and to foster repair and closeness if family members choose.

Family therapy offers many benefits, including:

  • Helping your loved one successfully get through treatment
  • Learning more about addiction and its effects on the family
  • Understanding how treatment works
  • Learning what to expect when treatment has been completed
  • Encouraging family member to voice their feeling and concerns
  • Learning how to provide your loved one with the support they need after treatment
  • Easing feelings of fear, anger, stress, and confusion related to the addiction
  • Learning how to develop skills and strategies to help a loved one stay sober after they have completed treatment
  • Improvements in family communication skills
  • The opportunity to address any mental health issues within the family system, such as depression or anxiety, which can hamper family communication and contribute to relapse

Holistic Therapies

Over the years, doctors and therapists have developed some new, non-traditional treatment methods for those suffering from addiction. Not everyone responds positively to every type of therapy. Some people might respond better to non-traditional forms of therapy. As a result, more and more facilities have started incorporating alternative therapy options into their programs.

Art Therapy

Over the years art therapy has become one of the most popular of the non-traditional therapy options. Art therapy allows those in treatment the opportunity to express their emotions through art as well as explore their creativity.

Art therapy helps patients forget about the fact that they are in treatment for a little while and lets them get lost in the creation of art. For this reason, art therapy is considered to be highly therapeutic. It is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy, dating all the way back to the 1950s.

Music Therapy

Another highly popular and long-used form of alternative therapy options is music therapy. Just like art therapy, music therapy encourages the patient to express their emotions through song and music. 

Music therapy has been used in treatment facilities since the 1970s and many treatment facilities find that it actually encourages the patient to continue treatment as it is a fun activity for them to look forward to. Writing lyrics, playing an instrument, dancing, and listening to music are all considered therapeutic exercises in music therapy.

Equine Therapy

types of addiction therapy

Equine Therapy is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. During equine therapy, the patient will participate in equine-related activities such as grooming, feeding, haltering, and leading a horse. These activities are typically supervised by a mental health professional who is often accompanied by a horse professional.

The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop skills needed both during and after treatment, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control. Equine therapy also allows for the therapist to view the patient outside of the standard group or individual therapy and identify any emotional or behavioral changes.

Want To Know More About the Different Types of Addiction Therapy?

Different types of addiction therapy work for different types of people. That’s why at CNV Detox we offer a wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional treatment options. 

We pride ourselves on getting you the help you need using a method, or methods, that work best for you and your addiction. If you or someone you know could benefit from one of the many types of addiction therapy that we offer, contact us today.