• Scott McClure

Letting the Secret Go: Why Therapy Is Essential in Treating Addiction



Detox might be the first thing to come to your mind when you think about addiction treatment; however it is just one component that makes it successful. Recovery is a life-long journey that doesn’t end when someone steps outside the treatment center. It is a continuous battle that one keeps fighting against the risk of relapse.


Why You Need Therapy After Detoxification?


Addiction isn’t just dependence on a drug or alcohol, it’s a disease. And just like post-operative aftercare is necessary after a surgery; therapy is necessary for an individual who reaches sobriety. There’s a variety of social and behavioral factors that might pull you back into the pit of addiction. To keep the sobriety intact, it’s important to address these factors and that’s where therapy comes in.


How Therapy Is Used to Treat Drug Addiction


Several types of therapies are used to treat different types of addiction including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), rational existential therapy (RET), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Not one technique is known to be more effective than the other. Similarly, every approach has a different impact on each individual with drug or alcohol addiction depending on the type of substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms, and other social and psychographic cues. A customized treatment plan is tailored according to the individual needs and type of addiction.




Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Negative emotions such as feelings of guilt and shame are common in people who have just recovered from addiction. These destructive thought patterns can lead to frustration, stress, and anxiety that may ultimately lead to a relapse. Cognitive behavioral therapy works to understand the root cause behind the negative beliefs and emotions, and works on eliminating them. It eliminates cognitive behavioral distortions such as mental filters, overthinking, creating perceptions, avoiding positivity and overgeneralization.


CBT teaches individuals that they can alter their thoughts by modifying their actions and feelings. It is also beneficial for individuals who have been sober for long as it teaches them strategies to cope with stress, and other difficulties that they may face after their addiction treatment.


If you or a loved one has been through detoxification and now looking for a sober living home in Harris County, get in touch with Life Launch PDR. Our recovery home in Houston provides you with maximum comfort and a range of amenities to make sure you achieve lifelong sobriety. Contact us at 713.266.1507 for more information, we’d be more than happy to help!

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