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How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological Health

How Addiction Treatment Improves Psychological HealthProfessional recovery centers pay attention to the immediate problem of drug abuse and physical dependence and addiction, but they realize the greater issues are the underlying mental health concerns. Professional therapy for San Diego residents focuses on psychological health and lasting options for ending drug use and addiction.

Psychological Therapy Options for Addiction Recovery

The following is a partial list of therapies used during addiction recovery:

  • Group therapy. Participants share their experiences, learn new approaches to conquering own addictions, encourage each other through challenging times and celebrate each other’s victories.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The counselor teaches his patient thought-control techniques to avoid negative addiction-related thoughts. Patients are encouraged to think motivationally and move past cravings and self-deprecation.
  • Contingency management. Recovery program staff use a reward system to reinforce positive progress in a patient’s recovery.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The therapist uses a moving light to focus the patient so that he has something else to think about while recounting painful experiences. This helps individuals remember repressed details and heal completely.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT combines CBT with emotional regulation to help the patient accept where he is and choose to be content and work through it rationally. DBT therapists are experienced at suggesting creative disciplines and ways to involve friends and family so that the patient does not have to be alone in his recovery struggles.

With these and other therapeutic and psychiatric treatments, San Diego residents can move past addiction. After chemical dependency and inpatient care it takes effort to maintain a realistic yet positive outlook on the future. That is why a thorough program with seasoned staff is essential to complete recovery.

Finding Psychological Help for Drug Addiction

Please call our toll-free helpline to learn more or find a program that will address addiction and related mental health issues. We are available 24 hours, so please call us today.