Rehab is the right choice to make if you find it impossible to break free from addiction. It is a blend between the intense care of inpatient hospitalization and the freedom of outpatient care. Its highly structured approach helps keep you focused on getting the most value from your therapy.
If you’re thinking of going into rehab for substance abuse treatment, you may feel a little apprehensive. This is natural because you don’t know what to expect. While therapists and staff will do their best to facilitate your recovery, it’s up to you to want to change and benefit from therapy.
The most commonly used substance abuse treatments in rehab are Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Specialized Sessions.
As the name implies, family therapy doesn’t just treat you but also treats your entire family. Although you have an addiction, it affects everyone in your family.
Your family therapy sessions will address your family’s codependent and enabling behaviors. Your therapist will encourage family members to own up to any feelings of anger, resentment, shame, or other powerful emotions related to you and your addiction.
Although your family might be reluctant to come to family therapy sessions, believing that it’s a waste of time, they will slowly realize how your addiction has affected them, too. Because family members will experience many insights every week, family therapy sessions usually uncover and heal family hangups and neuroses.
Besides the efficacy of healing family dynamics, family therapy will also improve the likelihood that you will get the emotional support you need from your family after you leave rehab.
The value of group therapy is the camaraderie that naturally arises when everyone realizes that they are not alone. They quickly learn that other people, too, have experienced hardships, doubts, insecurities, struggles, and addictions.
This growing sense of camaraderie has a powerful healing effect on everyone in the group. Everyone’s sense of isolation gradually dissipates. Participants begin to open up and share. They stop keeping things to themselves. By sharing their inner world, everyone starts their own journey of emotional healing.
Members develop a feeling of trust with each other during the time they spend together in rehab. They become increasingly more open to allowing themselves to be vulnerable during group sessions because almost everyone develops more empathy and compassion for each other.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, commonly referred to as CBT, takes a slightly novel approach. Rather than seeking to raise awareness, CBT is a goal-oriented type of psychotherapy.
CBT identifies what triggers you and how you respond. Once you discover what bothers you and have identified your habitual response, your therapist will guide you towards developing healthy responses to the things that irk you.
Because individual therapy sessions and the therapist provide a safe environment, you can ask all kinds of personal questions without fear of judgment. For instance, if you’re addicted to marijuana, you might have questions about how it affects your brain and central nervous system. Asking a question like “How long does marijuana stay in your system?” will be treated with respect and may open up a discussion on your experiences with marijuana.
Many treatment centers also provide specialized therapy to develop coping skills for various psychological issues not addressed in your family therapy, group therapy, or CBT sessions. Specialized therapy sessions include stress management, anger management, and grief counseling. These focused sessions will improve your ability to manage your emotions and behavior.
Since treatment centers understand how new residents feel apprehensive when entering an unfamiliar environment, they provide plenty of structure. Predictability about what to expect each day along with the use of well-tested therapeutic modalities minimizes stress, doubt, anxiety, and confusion. Drug treatment centers do everything they can to create a safe and supportive environment for emotional healing and physical recovery.