Undoubtedly, there are a number of therapies used in the treatment of addiction. Because not everyone learns the same way, experiences the same things, or is addicted to the same substances, not everyone recovers from addiction the same way. So, there must be many available opportunities to find the right approaches for each individual. Here at The Willow Place for Women, we utilize a number of therapeutic techniques. And, a few of these are evidence-based therapies, meaning that they have been proven to be effective through research in helping individuals recover from drug or alcohol addiction.
Behavioral therapies do a lot to help prepare people during treatment for the world of recovery. Often, individuals dealing with active addiction develop unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors which can negatively affect recovery. So, these thought patterns and behaviors should be addressed during treatment. The goal of behavioral therapies is to address underlying issues which may have led to addiction. This way, individuals can gain effective techniques like recognizing specific relapse triggers so they may be avoided during recovery.
When most people think of recovery, they picture a 12 step meeting. Basically, it’s a structured environment where people can come and share the same goal–recovery. It involves three main points which include:
Acceptance: First and foremost, the first thing a 12 step approach involves is completely accepting the fact that addiction is affecting your life. And, that abstaining from drug and alcohol use is the only way an individual can recover from addiction completely.
Submission: Second, a part of 12-step facilitation includes submission to a higher power. While this doesn’t necessarily have to mean a specific god named to a specific religion, it is basically just the acceptance that there is a force beyond our control we should submit to. Secondly, submission also requires being open to the available support from recovery peers.
Involvement: Finally, a 12-step facilitation absolutely requires involvement in group meetings and other activities set by the group. After all, how can you benefit from a therapy if you don’t go?
Process Groups: Since our program is offered on an outpatient basis, women enrolled in the program have a lot of freedom outside of treatment. So, accountability plays a big role in how effective treatment is. Process groups allow peers in treatment to talk about goals before breaking for the weekend. Once the weekend concludes, process groups allow people to come back together to talk about how and if those goals were accomplished. This way, everyone in the program is held accountable for their actions and can develop healthy lifestyles.
Skills Groups: Skills groups are types of group therapy which incorporates a number of effective behavioral therapy techniques. These types of therapies have been utilized as staples in addiction treatment for many years. That’s because they are widely known for their effectiveness in helping to identify the underlying causes of addiction and develop helpful coping methods. Here at The Willow Place for Women, we utilize a number of types of behavioral therapy techniques in our skills groups. They include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Interpersonal Process: These types of therapeutic techniques involve looking into the self to identify issues which may have played a part in the development of addictive or eating disorder behaviors. Additionally, they include developing helpful coping mechanisms to address relapse triggers which individuals will inevitably deal with after treatment concludes. Things addressed during Interpersonal Process groups may include stress management, goal setting, finding meaning throughout recovery, and spirituality.