How Talk Therapy Works to Support Recovery

How Talk Therapy Works to Support Recovery

Psychiatrists evaluate people with diagnoses to support a treatment plan for recovery. They may need to carefully monitor their detox and rehab journey to ensure there are no contradictions with other medications and the side effects are tolerable. Talk therapy can happen with a psychiatrist or a psychologist, individually, or in a group setting. Just a diagnosis does not support a person’s journey of healing. They need to discuss and talk about their lives in a way that builds awareness of their situation and how to transform their lives from where they are now to where they want to go. It is less about what they have than who they are.  Talk therapy is a great way to support a person’s recovery from the inside out. 

Healing Takes Time

People need time to reveal themselves to others. To be vulnerable and open takes a long time. It does not happen quickly. Therapists and people in recovery have to work together to understand their journey may not finish with them. It continues to grow and shift as time goes by. A good starting point is to recognize the fear, anxiety, and hopelessness that comes with a diagnosis and recovery. In tandem, the two can kill a person’s self-esteem and confidence. The person does not have to live that way forever, but they do need support to navigate around the challenges their mental health diagnosis and addiction recovery pose. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on self-exploration and the layers of experience. People come into therapy with lots of history and challenges. There are obstacles to working with them psychologically and helping them understand who they are and how they got where they are right now. It is okay to learn how to pay attention to feelings as they come up. To come to a place of healing where a person can express themselves openly without fear of judgment, wrath, or condemnation. When dealing with mental health diagnoses, it is easy to feel fear around the idea of going to find a job, rebuild relationships from the ground up and focus on all that has to happen in recovery. In sessions where CBT is used, a person can address these issues head-on, speak to someone who does not judge them and find hope for better days ahead.

People recreate patterns in relationships, even if they are invisible to them. Therapy is a relationship. Patterns may show up that need to be dealt with, but it is possible. It takes a skilled therapist to see the patterns in the midst of everything. Therapy is a sanctuary and space where people talk about what makes them unique, what troubles them, and what brings them hope. They can start to realign their lives around their goals, process old feelings, and begin to heal themselves with the support of others. It is a journey worth taking, even if it is just one step at a time. 

Oceanfront provides a safe space to be vulnerable and challenge your expectations and hopes for the future. Addiction recovery and mental health issues are challenging, but our professional staff will prepare a plan for you to navigate them with hope. You will gain tools, knowledge, and insight that will go with you into aftercare programs, transitional housing, and sober living which keeps you moving forward in recovery.. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295