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Therapy is an integral part of the addiction treatment process. Substance abuse counseling is known to be effective and can help the person deal with the issues that led him or her towards addiction in the first place.

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Addiction Treatment Therapies

There are many kinds of addiction treatment therapies available; these depend on the patient and his needs. Many addiction rehabilitation centers offer substance abuse therapy as soon as the patient starts the detoxification process. This allows the patient to deal with both the mental and physical aspects of his addiction. Since there are so many types of therapies available, patients may not participate in every single one. Instead, they will participate in the ones that best meet their needs.

Some common forms of addiction treatment therapies include:

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)

The IFS model is an approach of psychotherapy that identifies and integrates family systems with the idea that the human mind consists of various sub-personalities having their own views and qualities. These sub-personalities consist of damaged parts and emotions such as anger and shame. They are also influenced by one’s family. Moreover, it consists of parts that try to save the person from the pain of the damaged parts. At times, these sub-personalities conflict with each other and one’s core self, which is a notion that describes the confidence, care, and a flawless human being that is at the core of every individual. IFS therapy is implemented throughout the treatment to assist the individuals and their families in acknowledging the vibrant part of them and how it influences the different aspects of a person’s recovery. Also, it focuses on fixing the damaged relationships and maintaining the family balance again by changing the dynamics that cause disagreement between family members.

What Is EMDR And How Does It Work?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a collective therapy technique used in reducing psychological stress. It is considered an evidence-based practice by the American Psychological Association. Usually, it takes around 6-12 EMDR therapy sessions for successful results, but it can differ in both directions. It is used as part of a thorough treatment plan during individual therapy to understand trauma resolution and acknowledge the symptoms of traumatic stress.

Throughout the EMDR therapy sessions, you recall traumatic or triggering experiences. At the same time, the analyst uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) such as headphone beeps, buzzers, or eye movements to ease the procedure of memory processing. After a traumatic experience, memories tend to stay in our brain, where they are triggered and create distress. During the therapy, the memories that tend to stay in our brains are set free and adjusted in our understanding of the world while permitting the past to stay in the past.

Transcranial Neurostimulation (TCNS)

Doctors and engineers have designed a Fisher Wallace stimulator. The stimulator helps the brain to produce serotonin and other chemicals. This is done by delivering electrical signals to the brain. These chemicals help the person to maintain a healthy mood and also to sleep better. The FDA has approved it and many studies have proven that it is a successful tool. While it was initially developed to support people with brain injuries and psychiatric conditions, it is now used to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

TCNS is utilized in individual therapy and enhances the treatment program. The frequency and duration of TCNS are decided by professionals while keeping in mind the patient’s needs.

Other Effective Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps people in addressing negative thoughts and patterns of self-destruction. It is known to help a person become their own therapist; this helps them assess their behavior and change toxic or problematic habits.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

This is a type of therapy that is designed to help a person deal with stress and trauma. MBCT helps a person to practice mindfulness. Practices like meditation are also explored within this therapy.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in many ways. In this treatment, a person also learns to detect bad habits and replace them with healthier ones. DBT is based on the theory of dialectics and helps people to address their negative thoughts.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing is used in both individual and group therapies. It involves an evidence-based therapeutic intervention. This type of therapy motivates a person and helps him in making healthier choices.

12 Step Program

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles; these steps begin by taking action regarding addiction. The first 12-step program was Alcoholics Anonymous (the very first program) that helped people to get rid of their addictions.

Our addiction treatment center in Massachusetts offers a wide range of therapies that can suit your needs. If you have any queries regarding the therapy sessions, feel free to contact us, and we will try our best to assist you.

We believe in combining treatments with therapies to tackle the issues that previously led you towards addiction. This makes our treatment long-lasting and highly effective as we tackle the root causes of the issue. We offer a friendly and compassionate environment and our staff is always ready to cater to your needs. Call today to learn more.


Valerie Tecci, Program Director

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