Why Does Therapy Matter in Recovery?

Why Does Therapy Matter in Recovery?

Addiction comes in many different ways and people struggle with it differently. The reasons why people become addicted vary and include things like the past history of neglect, abuse, trauma, or violence. The next step for a person is to begin a rehab program with detox for addiction, followed by therapeutic measures. Not many understand all the moving parts that work as a whole in recovery. Therapy is key to recovery for many who suffer from mental and physical anguish from addiction. 

How Therapy Works

The goal of therapy is to help a person function at their most optimal for where they are today. As the person engages in treatment, it is good to help them learn more about the attitudes and beliefs that led to drug abuse and support their engagement in therapy. This means looking at cognitive-behavioral situations where the person is identifying how to live with certain constructs they have. Along with this, contingency management can help teach positive reinforcement and rewards to help the person stay sober. 

Co-Occurring Disorders and Benefits of Therapy

The best way therapy can be helpful for people is to support their co-occurring mental health and physical health disorders together. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is effective for addressing different ways people see themselves in the world and helping them modify negative behavioral patterns. They can improve coping skills and start with disorders as a base for developing treatment goals. Participants in different types of therapies can feel encouraged that they are working towards positive solutions that keep them from returning to bad habits and behaviors. Therapy may reduce a person’s chances of relapse and help them get back on track if they do.

Healing and Hope

Therapy is not meant as an end-all be-all. In fact, people generally dip in and out of therapy for years while in recovery trying to sort through issues in the past and present that keep them from feeling successful in recovery. Therapeutic support is one part of the larger puzzle of recovery that focuses on helping people navigate recovery with the right kind of support. Mental and physical health is important, but so is getting help for addictive behaviors and habits in recovery groups. Professional therapists are great but so, too, is friend therapy, nature therapy, art therapy, and other modalities that help people tap into different areas of healing so they can find hope for the future.  

We will help you focus on hope and healing for the future. If you are struggling with addiction, we can help. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295