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The Role of Therapy in Addiction Recovery

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Addiction therapy comes in many forms, each of which can complement one another and provide individual components to an overall treatment plan. Things like individual therapy provide an opportunity for self-reflection, while group therapy offers social support. Meanwhile, holistic therapies reinforce coping mechanisms like mindfulness, meditation, emotional control, and balance. 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a foundational form of addiction therapy. You will likely participate in this for individual and group therapy sessions, depending on the course of your treatment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages you to reflect on your negative automatic thoughts, things that you might think instinctively, which are harming your progress, contributing to your addiction, or otherwise hindering your ability to live a rewarding and successful life.

Once you recognize these hindrances, you can apply coping mechanisms to change them so that you are in a better place mentally and, subsequently, in a position to make better choices.

Group Therapy

Group therapy provides an essential support structure to overcome things like isolation or loneliness while also offering a chance to learn from one another. With group therapy, you can:

  • Learn coping techniques from others
  • Help support someone at the start of their recovery journey
  • Share what coping strategies, struggles, or victories you’ve enjoyed

These sessions become an integral part of outpatient therapy as you transition from higher levels of care. 

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies can go a long way toward helping improve emotional regulation and mindfulness. This form of addiction therapy can be highly personalized with options like:

  • Yoga
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Hiking
  • Meditation
  • Equine therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy

How Addiction Therapy Helps Recovery

There are innumerable benefits to each of these holistic therapies, both physical and psychological.

Building Endurance

Cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and holistic therapies like Wilderness therapy or meditation help to build endurance. When building your endurance, you naturally build resilience.

Trying new things, whether it’s music therapy, art therapy, yoga, or simple meditation, helps to reinforce your Independence and self-esteem. When you have higher self-esteem, you naturally build endurance to small setbacks during the course of your recovery.

When you participate in group therapy, yoga, or hiking, you learn to build endurance through long-term commitment. This could be six months of support groups, three months of individual therapy, or a 6-mile low-grade hike. In each of these cases, you learn to move through temporary discomfort, recognizing that there is Beauty in the journey and that all good things in life take time.

This can help revitalize your spirits when you feel as though your recovery should be over or complete. It also helps remind you that real sobriety is something that takes time.

Sitting with Discomfort

Too often, people are uncomfortable with negative emotions and think they shouldn’t feel them at all. This causes individuals to try and push them away or get through them as quickly as possible. This can lead to drug and alcohol abuse in an attempt to quiet those negative emotions.

But plenty of holistic therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy can expose you to the importance of sitting with discomfort and recognizing those emotions for what they are rather than trying to mask or shoo them away.

Yoga teaches you to sit with temporary discomfort, recognizing that as you breathe through each pose, you might experience slight physical sensations with which you are uncomfortable, but remaining focused on your breathing helps you move through that temporary pain. This can be applied to addiction therapy when it comes to managing cravings and knowing that the physical discomfort of things like withdrawal or cravings is temporary and will eventually come to pass if you breathe through them and focus on the present.

Addiction Therapy with Laguna View

Many clients benefit from our Orange County inpatient treatment because it offers more comprehensive service, round-the-clock supervision, and specialized forms of holistic therapy. With Laguna View Detox, we provide all of your detox services with our residential programs.

This enables you to receive the right supervision and medication during detox and transition seamlessly into the remainder of your residential program. With an individual assessment, clients receive recommendations for the most appropriate forms of individual and group therapy and holistic therapies.

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