Therapies for Addiction: Reclaim Your Life Today
Most therapies for addiction address detoxification and withdrawal, counselling, and therapy. But there are many other possible therapies as well. Gain insight into innovative approaches for treating addiction and discover the key to successful addiction treatment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that aims to resolve problems in thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s distress or difficulties, by changing the way they think (cognition), and the way they act.
This type of therapy is designed to give you back control, allowing you to make positive changes by helping you better understand and recognise problematic thought patterns.
How Effective Is CBT?
CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. It is often used in combination with other therapies, such as medication.
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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy that focuses on overarching opposites: acceptance and change.
DBT was originally developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan to treat borderline personality disorder. Symptoms of borderline personality disorder can include impulsive behaviour, intense and unstable relationships, self-harm, and suicidality. DBT focuses on helping people to manage their emotions, develop more effective coping skills, and improve their relationships.
DBT has been found to be an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder, and it has also been found to be helpful for people with other mental health disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
Addicts often experience trauma in their lives. Many addicts have experienced physical or sexual abuse, and may also have experienced the trauma of witnessing violence. Moreover, addicts may also have experienced the trauma of losing a loved one to addiction.
People suffering from addiction often have difficulty processing their trauma. They may have flashbacks or nightmares and can find it difficult to deal with their thoughts and emotions. As a result, addicts may use drugs or alcohol to try to numb their pain; trauma can be central to one’s addiction.
Many addicts may benefit from trauma therapy, it can help them understand their experiences and to develop new coping skills. Trauma therapy can be an important part of recovery for many addicts.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a type of trauma therapy that is based on the theory that our brains can heal from trauma just like our bodies can. EMDR therapy uses eye movements to help the brain process and heal from trauma.
EMDR therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for PTSD. EMDR therapy can help to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, including nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive thoughts. EMDR therapy can also help to improve other symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety, depression, and guilt.
EMDR therapy is a relatively new type of therapy, and more research is needed to understand its long-term effects. However, EMDR therapy is considered to be a promising treatment for PTSD.