Did you know?
Individual therapy, or counseling, is necessary for those who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
Some people believe that recovering from addiction just involves detoxing from the drugs or alcohol. When in fact, this is only the first step in the process. Recovery is a life-long practice, and one of the most useful steps a person can take during recovery is committing to a therapy program.
Therapy can come in many forms, however research suggests that behavioral therapies are the most sufficient in effectively treating drug addictions. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions stay clean and sober. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to abuse.
Therapy in recovery is important for many reasons. Recovering addicts and alcoholics must learn how to prevent potential relapses by developing ways to cope and manage the stressors of everyday life. They must learn how to avoid social factors, such as people, places and things that might trigger them to use or drink again. Sometimes even small things, such as visiting a familiar neighborhood, may provoke a craving or urge. Users must often give up their social circle and make an entirely new one, as many of the people they have associated with are also abusing drugs and alcohol. This can be a very scary notion to someone who is newly clean and sober. It is important that the patient have someone to talk to about these potential relapse pitfalls.
Those in recovery must learn how to live life drug and alcohol free, and often there are many underlying issues or reasons as to why they began to use in the first place. Therapists can help you understand what caused and sustained your addiction. Those who suffer from substance abuse often have a traumatic past or come from a dysfunctional upbringing. Therapy can help you work through any unresolved emotional problems that may be causing you to use drugs and alcohol, such as past trauma, abuse or grief. Unhealthy family dynamics could be addressed in addiction therapy as well.
Talk therapy is not just “talking about your problems”; it is also working toward solutions. Some therapy approaches may involve homework, such as tracking your moods, writing about your thoughts, or participating in social activities that have caused anxiety in the past. You might be encouraged to look at things in a different way or learn new ways to react to events or people.
What We've Learned
There is often a negative stigma associated with therapy and even with therapists themselves. Is often thought that those who seek or participate in therapy are “crazy”, “damaged” or “broken”. But the real truth is that life can be hard. Trauma happens, and it important that you can discuss these matters with someone who isn’t there to judge you, but to listen unconditionally and help you see that life can be better; that there is hope in recovery. The most important thing to remember is this: just because you’re seein a therapist, or because you saw one in the past, it doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or “mentally ill”. We could all use extra support sometimes, and someone who is just there to listen to us when we need to talk about how we are feeling.
There are many benefits to therapy, especially for those who are in recovery. Therapy can help you develop fresh insights about your life (and patterns). A therapist can help you learn techniques to manage patterns of anxiety, depression, self-criticism, and other unhealthy thoughts and emotions. Plus, when you talk about what you’re feeling and thinking with a neutral person who has no personal attachment to the outcome, you can gain new insights on old issues, helping to uncover underlying causes for what you’re feeling.
Therapists can also help you gain tools to handle emotions and problems. Sometimes, due to various reasons, there are areas of life that feel harder to handle than others. A therapist can help give you tools to deal with those situations that feel overwhelming or just plain bad.
Therapists can help you to improve relationships or help mend relationships that might have been damaged due to your drug and alcohol abuse. You might feel like you have done too much damage, brought other people down, so you stay away from, or don’t talk to, loved ones. You might’ve lashed out while under the influence, saying or doing things that hurt your loved ones. Friends and family have probably felt rejected or hurt and pulled away. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or helpless, is hard on all types of relationships. Drug and alcohol use is even harder on them. A therapists can help start you on the path to gaining back what you have lost.
Lastly, a therapist can help you feel empowered. This is especially important for those who are recovering from drugs and alcohol. Those who seek recovery are often beaten down and battered and have lost all their self-love and self-esteem. One of the best benefits about starting individual therapy in recovery is the feeling of taking back control over your life. When you’re in the throes of addiction, it can feel like you have lost everything and have nothing – and there’s nothing you can do about it. But once you start working with a therapist, you take back control of yourself and where you’re going, and it feels like you can do anything. If you or someone you know is in need of some help and is seeking services with a licensed therapist, please contact an agent today, so that we can set you on the path to gaining back what has been lost.
There is no one right way to address a loved one who may be suffering from addiction. Often the person suffering from the addiction is not only in denial but is unwilling to listen to their family or loved ones. In situations such as these it may be beneficial to seek the help of an addiction professional. Swift Recovery Solutions has certified interventionists that will to meet with you and your loved one. Your dedicated counselor will work with you to determine if the help of an interventionist may be needed.
Family Medical Leave Act
One of the hardest aspects of dealing with addiction is finding the time to not only identify the solution, but to get time off to handle it. Your dedicated counselor will not only help streamline the paperwork but work hand in hand with your HR department to get you the time you need to get better. The FMLA is protection offered to you that guarantees your job will be held for you while you are getting the necessary treatment. Working with HR, Swift recovery solutions will take the burden off you or your loved one, giving you the confidence to start down the path of better happier lifestyle.
Your Health Insurance
Our experts walk you through understanding the complexities of your health insurance, including:
- Deductible, Out of Pocket Costs, Medications, In network vs. out of network, policy limits and exclusions.
- The financial burden associated with going to treatment can be daunting. SRS has sponsors and scholarships available to assist in covering the individuals portion of treatment expense’s.