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Addiction Therapies

In the past 20 years the way that we think about addiction has changed dramatically. Where the addict and alcoholic was once seen as the scourge of society, they are now seen as people with a disease, just like any other, who need help in order to overcome their illness.There is not as much fear in today’s society surrounding the addict or alcoholic and there is a much more tolerant view as to what they experience on a day to day basis.

The latest estimates say that there are roughly 25 million Americans currently suffering from an addiction of some sort. This means that nearly 10 percent of the population has an addiction to alcohol or drugs and what this means for drug treatment, is that there has been a growing need for greater understanding in order to help treat these individuals.

There are now very few people who are not touched in some personal way by addiction, whether it be because of a parent, child, sibling, or loved one, and so the field of addiction treatment has spread out in an attempt to better help individuals of different backgrounds.

When addiction treatment got its start alcoholics and addicts were treated in an extremely inhumane manner. Since society did not know how to help these people they were oftentimes relegated to jails, asylums, or hospitals, and they were left in these places for extended periods of time in the hopes that they would somehow get better. Being offered no real chance for recovery, many times these addicts and alcoholics were only able to stay sober while they were locked-up and as soon as they got out they would repeat the same mistakes.

To many people this was baffling and they just could not understand how a person who was in jail for 5 years could get out and within 30 days wind up back in prison because of their drinking or drug usage, but today we are more aware of the peculiarity that is addictive thinking and as such we have created an entire industry devoted to helping those people afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions.

Millions of the people the world around seek treatment for their addictions every year and many of them join the millions who have already recovered on a road to happy and sustained recovery. It is not always easy to get and stay clean and sober, but with the advancements that we have made in the past few decades the possibility for recovery from these awful disease have improved exponentially.

The leaps and bounds that we have made in the treatment of alcoholism and addiction are promising, and as more time and resources are devoted to the help of these populations the effectiveness of treatment has increased as well. Treatment no longer only consists of going someplace for 30 to 90 days, and drying out, but rather a more proactive stance has been taken towards the treatment of addiction and alcoholism.  

What Are Addiction Therapies?

Addiction therapies, like the ones offered at our Austin Addiction Therapies center, are any kinds of therapy that directly address the disease of addiction. These therapies vary significantly, because what each individual addict will require in order to achieve recovery will differ.

Depending on what substance was being abused, how long the person abused that substance for, and what their personal background is, the way that addiction expresses itself in the individual will change. Some people will come into treatment with certain issues that others will not face, and at our Austin Addiction Therapies center, we understand this and have created a host of programs that can be customized in order to meet individual needs.

At our Austin Addiction Therapies center you will be able to find the correct therapies that work for you and working in conjunction with our trained staff of professionals, you will be given every opportunity to recover from your disease of addiction.

When you’re deciding on the kind of therapies you’ll be participating in at our Austin Addiction Therapies center, your medical team and treatment program advisor may talk to you about the programs that would be most beneficial to your situation and work best with your lifestyle. For instance, they may suggest that you participate in yoga therapy if you enjoy exercise, or they may suggest art and music therapies, if they know that you enjoy expressing yourself through song or art. Whatever preferred method of therapy you choose, you will find them to be beneficial to not only your long term recovery, but also to your immediate well being in the present.

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What Kinds of Addiction Therapies Are Available?

Some of the most common addiction therapies include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), hypnosis therapy, motivational interviewing, Gestalt therapy, and many others. Dual-diagnosis therapies are also available for those suffering from an addiction that coexists with other mental-health conditions. There are therapies that focus exclusively on alcohol addiction and those that focus on drug addiction. Essentially with our current medical and psychology knowledge on addiction today, the amount of different therapies available to a person are staggering.

Each form of therapy has a different goal. With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the focus is on changing a person’s actions in order to create better results. This form of therapy allows a person to cognitively recognize triggers and negative behaviors so they can change them in the future and respond in a healthier manner.

With hypnosis therapy, a hypnotherapist works to reach your subconscious mind and find the real reasons for your behaviors. By altering your subconscious thoughts, it’s believed that addiction treatment can be more successful in the long run. There is actual medical and scientific evidence of the effectiveness of this form of therapy and many people have found it extremely helpful in allowing them to access memories or parts of themselves that they consciously could not see.

Motivational interviewing focuses on making a person motivate themselves into changing their actions. With motivational therapy, you work with a therapist who acts more like a colleague or companion, then a therapist. Your therapist will help you to make goals and then you will work towards achieving these goals, with the positive support of your therapist. Over time, your therapist may speak to you about your progress and talk to you about what you want to do to reach further goals.

Gestalt therapy is a therapy that focuses on making you aware of what happens to you without interpreting those events differently than they appear. For instance, if you’ve ever seen someone hand you a glass of water, then you know all that really happened was that you were given a glass of water. However, someone who interprets the situation may perceive the glass being too full or not full enough, slammed on the table, or they may assume they have been wronged by the person because of how the glass was placed on the table. The goal of this form of therapy is to allow an individual to objectively look at their life and not read into every situation a specific meaning that may or may not be true.

Dual-diagnosis therapy has become increasingly important in the treatment of addiction and alcoholism. Only a few years ago people with both a mental health condition and an addiction of some sort were treated for these coexisting conditions separately. This caused many addicts and alcoholic to relapse back into substance abuse because their underlying condition was never truly dealt with, Within our current understanding of how addiction works, we now see that the addiction and the underlying mental health concerns must be dealt with simultaneously in order for a person to achieve long term recovery.

Animal-assisted therapy is another exciting kind of therapy that some patients can benefit from. It may involve going to stables to work with horses, swimming in the ocean to be at peace with dolphins, or working with a trained dog who is skilled in helping you through cravings and struggles in your home. Animals are known to reduce stress and help patients overcome fear and social anxiety, and they are also a good starting point for many people in learning how to create meaningful relationships. Many times these types of therapies allow people to learn empathy and they are able to translate the skills they learned from working with animals to relationships with people.

Finding a Program that Has the Right Addiction Therapies For You

If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol then give the professionals at Elevations Health Austin a call today, at 1-866-200-3224. Our addiction therapies program can provide you with the added push you need in order to maintain your recovery and our trained staff is well aware of what it takes to get and stay sober. We will be standing by you every step of the way through treatment and give you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery. So don’t delay and call us today.