Therapy treats the root of addiction and teaches coping skills for recovery.
Whether you’re just getting started on your journey to sobriety or been making progress for years, drug addiction therapy can be helpful.
Evidence-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
Evidence-based treatments stabilize your condition, reduce the risk of relapse up to 50%, and prepare you for life in recovery.
Every individualized treatment plan includes evidence-based behavioral therapy and other multidisciplinary interventions to treat your substance use disorder at its root.
At Bedrock Recovery Center, our therapy options have been research-backed for effective addiction treatment and include:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
- Group Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teaches you how to cope with addiction (or co-occurring disorders) and live a happy life in recovery despite the emotional challenges. DBT teaches you four core skills:
- Mindfulness: The primary skill in DBT, mindfulness is the ability to observe your thoughts and environment from a completely neutral, non-judgmental perspective.
- Distress Tolerance: You’ll learn to tolerate challenging situations and accept your circumstances when they aren’t ideal.
- Emotional Regulation: DBT teaches you to recognize your emotions, call them out when they’re unproductive, and process them when they are productive.
- Interpersonal Skills: Addiction can stress personal relationships, and DBT helps you strengthen your ability to communicate and enforce boundaries.
DBT is recommended for people who have substance use disorders, but also these co-occurring disorders:
- Anxiety disorders
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for addiction helps you change your behavior by changing your thoughts. It’s based on these ideas:
- Addiction is based in unhelpful thought patterns
- Addiction is based on learned behavior patterns
- You can learn to cope with addiction by becoming aware of these patterns
During CBT treatment, you’ll learn to:
- Cope with hard situations by challenging your thoughts
- Recognize and re-evaluate when your thoughts are not helpful
- Reframe your thoughts before they affect your behavior patterns
- Understand your own behavior and motivation (and that of others)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a behavioral treatment for people with addiction who also live with depression or have trouble controlling their outlook. You can still benefit from MBCT even if you’ve never had depression.
MBCT has elements of both cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
The CBT aspect helps you learn to listen to your train of thought and interrupt it when it’s not helping. Meanwhile, the DBT skills involved help you check in on your emotions and intervene without judging yourself for how you feel.
The MBCT skills you’ll learn include:
- Breathing exercises
- Mindful movement, including yoga and walking
- Sitting meditation
- Reclined meditation, including the body scan and progressive muscle relaxation techniques
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-focused therapy that helps you commit to recovery and strengthen your resolve to that commitment.
- Guiding therapy in which the clinician practices following (active listening) and directing (giving advice)
- Empowering to addiction patients because it helps you discover your own meaning for change
- Respectful and curious where the clinician takes the time to understand your individual process for change and honor your own capacity for motivation
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy that focuses on healing the hurt parts of your mental system, or Internal Family.
Your Internal Family is made up of the hurt, anger, and shame that you didn’t get to process during painful events throughout your entire life. These parts of your mental system try to protect you from pain in counterproductive ways, like substance abuse.
Your core Self can’t live in harmony with the wounded parts of the Internal Family, so IFS helps you process the pain and heal the wounds so you can move on to a peaceful recovery.
Group Therapy sessions give you the opportunity to benefit from group support and the presence of other people in recovery, who can serve as role models.
Sessions can be:
- Open (8-12+ people) or closed (3-4 people)
- Freeform with open dialogue or structured around skill-building
- Short-term (6+ weeks) or long-term (12+ months)
Group therapy is especially beneficial for people who live with addiction and depression, or people who need extra social support in recovery.
Learn About Evidence-Based Therapy at Bedrock Recovery Center
The Admissions team at Bedrock Recovery Center is standing by to help you navigate our roster of evidence-based treatment for addiction in Canton, MA.
Call our 24/7 Admissions specialists or drop us a note to find out how our individualized addiction care approach works by putting your unique needs and experiences first.
Bedrock Recovery Editorial Team
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