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The process of recovering from an addiction is a long and difficult road, requiring both determination and bravery.

Therapy is an incredibly helpful tool in overcoming addiction, as it can work with the treatment being received and boost recovery long into the future. 

This provides help during the process of treatment and beyond. Various types of therapy, including individual and group therapy, assist in your recovery and set you on the path to sobriety.

The best way to help those with substance dependencies is to have individualized care, because each person’s struggle is unique. The more a person is able to understand their own history and current relationship with their addiction, the better equipped they are to break the cycles of substance use that can otherwise feel hard or even impossible to escape.

After admitting the problem and seeking help, the next big step of the journey in treatment is the physical separation from the substance. It’s a journey that requires greater mental and emotional support to understand and shift the psychological impacts of addiction.


Group and Individual Therapy

Every person’s journey toward recovery requires different approaches. Our intensive outpatient programs employ both group and individual therapy, allowing each individual the kind of therapy they need for their journey to recovery.

12 step groups vary significantly in size, group makeup, personalities, and what’s included. You might not get along with every group. You might not socialize well. Fitting in with the group will likely take time, but who knows how much time. Walking in without expectations is important if you want to let things happen at their own pace. If you walk in expecting to immediately be able to tell your story and feel better about yourself, you will be disappointed. Building social relationships takes time, even when you’re in a venue specifically designed for that purpose. Eventually, 12 Step groups are what you make them. When you invest, listen to others, and share at your own pace, you’ll get a lot out of those groups. If you don’t invest, you won’t get much out of it. Good luck going to meetings.

The best therapy for those struggling with addiction focuses on all aspects of the substance dependency: physical, physiological, emotional, social, and more. Treating the underlying cause that is leading to dependence on substances is the most effective way to long-term recovery.

Group therapy works well for those struggling with substance use who feel alone in their struggles, and the peer support is an incredible benefit. Group therapy, usually made up of 5-15 people, is different from a support group; in group therapy, the small group of people who meet will remain consistent, allowing greater opportunities to form trust and be emotionally open as the group members get to know one another. The group sessions are led by a professional whose goal is to help those there recover and understand themselves and each other.

Not everyone can find their help for substance use in a group setting, however. Some underlying issues surrounding substance use are more personal or more specific, and need one-on-one therapy sessions to better understand them. Individual therapy is not always discussion oriented. Often, it’s a type of individual therapy that works through cognitive angles to better assist someone with their recovery.

Types of Therapy For Addiction Recovery

There are many forms of group and individual therapy, and it’s important for someone dealing with substance use to discover what type of therapy would best assist their treatment and their specific needs.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

One type of noninvasive therapy is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS, which stimulates the recovering person’s nerve cells through magnetic fields, altering the physiology.  This type of repetitive therapy has the end goal of improving symptoms of depression. This could help someone with substance dependencies if their substance use has been linked back to depression.



Neurofeedback therapy is a noninvasive way to map brain activity, and teach those struggling with addiction to control and change their cognitive patterns. After the brain has been mapped, the process is continued through computer games, where a person can learn to manipulate their brainwaves by manipulating things in the game.



EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitized Reprocessing, is a form of one-on-one therapy with a Certified Recovery Mentor which looks at memories related to addiction with the addition of eye movement, aided by the mentor, to better access core memories that could help someone get to the root of their dependence on substances. For some, the root of an addiction comes from a past trauma. Successful therapy could reprocess a potentially traumatic memory as a less distressing memory, limiting or breaking substance use.


Family Programs

Therapy that includes family members of someone struggling with addiction can help each person in the family realize their role in impacting addiction. The recovering family member can better understand how their addiction impacts their family, and other members can understand how behaviors like enabling or codependency can foster addiction. The more awareness and education brought to a family, the more support and connection the entire family unit can provide for each other through recovery.


Holistic Based

A holistic-based treatment focuses on physical and spiritual well-being, often through the use of yoga, dance therapy, art therapy, animal therapy, or massage therapy. When combined with traditional substance use treatments, this therapy can help even out the stress caused by the changes of recovery.


Relapse Prevention

Addressing the core of the problem can help identify a situation that could potentially cause relapse. Relapse prevention is the process of understanding those high-risk situations so that someone intent on recovery can continue that path knowing better how to deal with those triggers when they arrive at them.

Addiction Recovery Therapy FAQs

What Are Behavioral Therapies For Drug Use?

They allow those who suffer from substance use to understand their own behavior and relationship with substance dependency and modify their attitudes toward drug use. They also push towards healthier lifestyles, further leading to fulfilled lives.

What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

In addition to no longer feeling alone, group therapy can provide a person recovering from substance use to get feedback from their peers on similar issues they all could be facing, as well as learning about yourself as you make closer connections with others. It’s also helpful to see examples of others who have recovered, making recovery feel even more possible.
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