A Guide to Different Types of Therapy

With many different forms of therapy available at a wide variety of treatment facilities, individuals looking for addiction rehab may feel overwhelmed by the choices and unsure about how to find the best one for their needs.  Knowing how to narrow down not only the best program but also the best therapy approach for each individual can help him succeed in rehab and achieve long-term sobriety

What Is Psychotherapy?

According to the National Institute on Mental Health, psychotherapy is often referred to as “talk therapy”, which is a way to help treat individuals suffering either from an addiction and/or mental illness.  This form of therapy helps individuals understand their illness and teaches them strategies for dealing with unhealthy stress, thoughts, and behaviors.  The kind of psychotherapy an individual receives depends on his needs.  Included in the following are some examples of the different types of psychotherapy available in many addiction treatment facilities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family Focused Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a mix of two therapies, cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. This form of therapy helps individuals focus on their thoughts and beliefs and how they can influence an their mood and actions. Behavioral therapy’s focuses on an individual’s actions and teaches patients to change unhealthy behavior patterns.

Interpersonal Therapy, or IPT, is primarily based on improving an individual’s communication patterns in a way that helps her better relate to others. This form of treatment helps identify the behavior causing the problems and then helps guide the individual on the right path. IPT also addresses the reasons behind the individual’s cocaine addiction, such as grief or experiencing a traumatic experience.

FFT, or Family Focused Therapy, works to identify conflicts between family members that have the potential to worsen the patient’s addiction. This form of therapy is meant to help loved ones find more effective ways to communicate and resolve differences. During these sessions, even family members and loved ones can receive feedback on proper forms of communicating to help ease conflict for everyone involved.

What Is Drug Therapy?

According to CRC Health, Drug therapy, also referred to as pharmacotherapy, is the practice of using medication to treat diseases. When correctly taken, the drugs interact with receptors and/or enzymes in cells to help promote healthy functioning and reduce or cure one’s illness. Although medications are heavily researched and tested prior to being prescribed, they may have unanticipated effects when they are combined with specific foods, herbal remedies, or other drugs.  Included in the following are some examples of ways drug therapy could help an individual overcome addiction:

  • Short-term or long-term medication to help fight withdrawal symptoms and addiction
  • Antidepressants to help alleviate depression and/or anxiety
  • Pain relief after a surgery or accident

Drug therapy does not work for all addicts seeking treatment because some patients simply exchange one addiction for the other.  However, other recovering benefit tremendously from receiving drug therapy in the form of medication management. This helps addicts to safely and comfortably withdrawal from an addictive substance that could present harsh withdrawal symptoms.

Drug therapy can also help addicts manage underlying mental health issues that may have led to substance abuse in the first place. An addict could have initially sought out the use of cocaine to help him overcome depression, anxiety, or experiencing a traumatic event. Once this co-occurring condition is uncovered, the addict can receive treatment for the mental health issue while simultaneously receiving treatment for cocaine addiction.

Pain either after a surgery or accident can cause an individual to look for alternative methods in helping combat the pain. For some this means herbal remedies or exercise routines to help them recover, while others may seek a narcotic painkiller, which can quickly lead to addiction. Drug therapy can help an addict find alternative medications, which may be less addictive or even herbal, to help him treat and manage pain while avoiding addiction.

What Is Alternative Therapy?

Alternative therapy often refers to treatments, which seem outside the box or that are not well known.  However, many of these alternative options are popular for both their approach and profound effects on reducing cravings as well as preventing relapse.  Included in the following are some examples of alternative therapies:

  • Meditation
  • Biochemical restoration and nutrition
  • Exercise

During meditation, addicts are able to practice mindfulness.  This can help addicts become aware of their thoughts and feelings, both good and bad, while learning not to react to the negatives. This is a key tool in preventing relapse.

A newer form of treatment, biochemical restoration, targets and repairs the biochemical imbalances an individual has that cause cravings, depression, anxiety, as well as unstable moods, and can lead to addiction. Incorporating a healthy diet into the addict’s new lifestyle can help him achieve balance and restore health.

Daily exercise, even when in small amounts, can greatly boost one’s mood, which is what most recovering addicts need in the absence of their cocaine abuse. By starting an exercise regimen, recovering addicts are able to fill the void of using, while building strength and self-esteem and adding new purpose into their lives.

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If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine and is questioning what type of therapy is best for them, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. Stop putting your life on hold for your addiction and call us today!

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