Psychotherapy plays an important role in recovery for many people participating in non-residential treatment programs. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common psychotherapy interventions used to treat SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders. According to the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, “Evidence from numerous large-scale trials and quantitative reviews supports the efficacy of CBT for alcohol and drug use disorders.” Clients use psychotherapy in recovery to reduce stress and learn essential coping skills. The Redpoint Center provides clients with access to psychotherapy and additional holistic therapies.
The Difference Between Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Recovery
Psychotherapy is a common tool for addressing issues related to substance misuse and mental health disorders. Many people in treatment require psychotherapy and psychiatric support to ensure the best outcome. However, the two are very different. Psychotherapists diagnose and treat mental health disorders using talk therapy and other therapeutic methods. Psychiatrists are medical professionals who diagnose mental health conditions, determine if there are any underlying biological causes, and prescribe medication to help clients manage mental health symptoms.
Psychiatry and psychotherapy ensure all aspects of a person’s mental health are considered and addressed during treatment. Experts in these fields work together to provide the following:
- Clients have access to prescription medications to help them cope with symptoms
- Treatment programs use a whole-person approach to treatment that takes into account biological and emotional underlying issues
- Clients learn the skills they need to establish and maintain healthier thought patterns and behaviors
Psychotherapy in recovery gives clients the skills to avoid relapse and improve mental health. Therapists guide clients in recovery through coming to terms with their condition, processing difficult emotions, and building more positive routines. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “The goal of therapy is to gain relief from symptoms, maintain or improve daily functioning, and improve quality of life.” The Redpoint Center ensures all clients have access to therapy and psychiatric services.
What to Expect From Psychotherapy in Recovery?
Psychotherapy is a tool, not a cure, for SUD or mental health disorders. Clients who choose to participate in individual or group therapy can expect to challenge their current thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Therapists help people use positive self-talk, affirmations, and mindfulness-based techniques to reduce negativity and address anxiety, depression, stress, and other issues related to their disorder. Each therapy session is tailored to the needs of the individual. In addition, no two therapists have the same approach. Every interaction is unique, and people in recovery benefit from the versatility and flexibility of psychotherapy.
Common Forms of Psychotherapy in Recovery
Many different types of psychotherapy are used to address specific mental health issues and conditions. SUD and co-occurring disorders often require various approaches to ensure the best outcome.
Recovery programs may use the following forms of psychotherapy:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Family therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Contingency management (CM)
In many cases, alternative holistic therapies, including art and music therapy, are used to enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy. The combination provides clients with creative outlets for self-expression and structured mental health treatment. According to Frontiers in Psychiatry, “Some evidence shows the effect of [complementary and alternative] practices, such as mindfulness meditation (MM) and motivational enhancement, in decreasing SUD relapse and substance-related injuries.” The Redpoint Center provides clients with a range of treatment options to ensure they have access to the right level of support.
Benefits of Individual and Group Psychotherapy
Individual and group psychotherapy help clients analyze their behaviors and emotions, improve essential skills, and build healthy social relationships. In addition, the knowledge people gain in therapy helps them prepare to maintain independent sobriety. Psychotherapy challenges negative thoughts and beliefs while providing healthy alternatives. People use the skills learned in therapy to create healthy lifestyles and sustainable changes.
Participating in psychotherapy during non-residential treatment provides the following benefits:
- Decreased social isolation or feelings of loneliness
- Increased mindfulness and self-awareness
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- It helps people accept their circumstances and move forward
- Reduced symptoms of SUD or mental health disorders
People in recovery are more likely to build healthier habits and embrace positive changes with an experienced therapist to guide them through the process. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Recovery may involve medication to help with cravings and withdrawal as well as different forms of therapy.” Therapists and psychiatrists often collaborate to ensure clients have access to the information, skill development, and psychopharmacology treatment they need to recover from substance misuse.
Treatment Options at The Redpoint Center
The Redpoint Center offers various treatments and services for individuals with SUD and co-occurring conditions, including:
- Medication management
- Meditation, yoga, and other alternative therapies
- Support groups
- Family involvement and support
- Peer Support
- Self-help planning
All treatment programs at The Redpoint Center’s Longmont, Colorado, location are personalized to help clients heal and thrive in recovery. Therapists help clients acquire the skills, resources, and tools they need to grow and build healthier lifestyles.
Psychotherapy is one of the most popular forms of treatment for substance use disorder. Often, psychotherapy is used alongside other therapeutic modalities to create a holistic approach to care that addresses all active and underlying issues. Talk therapy is a cornerstone of addiction and mental health recovery. Clients benefit from attending individual and group therapy sessions during outpatient treatment. The Redpoint Center ensures all clients have access to a dedicated clinical team, including therapists and psychiatrists. The care team uses personalized treatment plans and an integrative approach to ensure clients receive the care they need to recover successfully from SUD. To learn more about our treatments and services, call us today at (303) 710-8496.