Yes, talk therapy is absolutely a viable option in addiction treatment. Talk therapy is also known as psychotherapy. It is the idea of talking about your problems to figure out the best ways to handle them. Because issues and problematic behaviors like abusing drugs and alcohol can result from triggers or schemas (thought processes) that we have developed, the only way to truly tackle them is through talking. Our thought processes that lead to behavior are so deeply rooted in who we are. It isn’t easy to examine them objectively. That is the goal of talk therapy. To learn more about this treatment option, contact Bayview Recovery today at 855.478.3650.
Why Talk Therapy is Important
A professional is necessary because a professional can be adequately objective. When you’re sitting around talking with a family member about your addiction, it’s easy to get sidetracked. Your family member loves you too much to be objective. They see your problem and how much they love and care about you. An addiction professional is an ideal candidate to conduct your talk therapy session because they can use the professional experience they’ve acquired in college to help you see your problem objectively. There is also the lack of a personal attachment. As a result, the professional can be entirely objective when they are having talk therapy with you.
What Are The Different Types of Talk Therapy?
Talk therapy includes four major subtypes:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: The main goal of this therapy is to help you uncover negative or wrong thinking. As you discover these processes, you can see your drug use in an unhindered way.
- Dialectic behavior therapy: This treatment works on the premise of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to help you function and maintain positive outcomes.
- Psychodynamic therapy: This therapy focuses on the interpretation of the individual, non-behavioral thought processes.
- Humanistic therapy: This treatment involves uncovering your true self through talking in group or individual sessions.
How Can Talk Therapy Help With Addiction?
Talk therapy is critical for addiction therapy programming. Talking is the only way to examine the thought processes that lead to the behaviors involved with your problem. When your issue is an addiction, talk therapy is critical to explore why you began using the illicit substance in the first place. Not only that, but talk therapy also helps you examine every facet of your drug addiction.
Taking the time to find out what your triggers are is imperative. You’ll identify the people, places, and things that trigger your addiction for you to cope without drugs and or alcohol. Talk therapy is critical in helping you find alternative methods to manage. Practicing what works for you in a particular situation, as is the work of dialectical behavior therapy, is key.
Your brain develops practiced thought processes when you face daily stressors. These stressors can lead to alcohol and drug abuse after you have completed treatment. That is just one example of how dialectic behavioral therapy can be an essential foundational piece of drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
Bayview Recovery Can Help You Benefit From Talk Therapy
It’s not just talking. It is the key to help you handle your life. You may have turned to drugs or alcohol to cope in the past. It didn’t work. Begin the path to healing today by calling Bayview Recovery.
At Bayview Recovery, we use talk therapy throughout our treatment programming, which includes the following:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Evening intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient drug rehab center
- Extended care program
- Aftercare program
- Men’s drug rehab program
Our intake staff at Bayview Recovery will begin talking to you right away. Talk therapy is a good thing at Bayview Recovery. Talking is the key to understanding how your addiction took control of your life. So let’s start the conversation today. Call us at 855.478.3650.
Bayview Recovery Center is located in Tacoma, Washington and specializes in substance abuse addiction and co-occurring disorders. Specialists at Bayview recovery are equipped with years of experience navigating adult men and women to sobriety and giving them the tools to maintain it. Backed with a comprehensive set of treatment offerings for individualized care, Bayview has a commitment to fighting addiction. Learn more about Bayview Recovery here.