Therapy is a cornerstone of addiction treatment because of its proven benefits for mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other approaches can help you maintain your hard-won sobriety and prevent a relapse, and keep you mentally strong. With therapy, you can also overcome co-occurring disorders such as depression that present challenges for many recovering addicts.
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The disease of addiction requires ongoing management to treat. It goes beyond merely having a physical dependency on drugs or alcohol. Long-term substance abuse fundamentally rewires your brain chemistry, which puts you at risk for a relapse even after your body and brain are free of the damaging substances. Through therapy, you can learn how to recognize and avoid addiction and relapse triggers such as stress and environmental cues that cause intense drug cravings.
Therapy can also address root problems that may have contributed to your initial drug use. In many cases, people develop substance abuse problems because they use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate to alleviate the negative symptoms of a mental disorder like depression or PTSD. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy can address these issues and teach you healthy, positive coping mechanisms.
Therapy will increase your ability to cope with negative emotions, thoughts and circumstances in ways that do not involve the use of drugs or alcohol. It will equip you with the tools you need to address underlying issues that contributed to or worsened your addiction, and make it possible for you to enjoy a more rewarding life in sobriety.
Through evidence-based approaches like talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing, you can correct negative behaviors and problematic thinking as you learn new ways to approach life without the burdens of addiction. During treatment sessions, you will begin to explore the root causes that led to your addictive behavior and feel more empowered to tackle challenges that come your way. To learn more, make an appointment with Mary.