Psychotherapy involves employing the proven methods of psychology to solve problems like addiction and help the client find healthier coping mechanisms to deal with their daily lives. Some popular psychotherapy methods are dialectical therapy and group therapy.
At Baltimore Detox Center, our psychotherapy program includes these methods, as well as our cognitive-behavioral therapy program. If you or someone you care about may require an addiction therapy program as part of the recovery process, we can help.
What Is a Psychotherapy Program?
Psychotherapy employs psychological principles to help people resolve issues that are harming their lives or the lives of those around them. The many different types of psychotherapy available usually involve talking with a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist to get to the root of distress and figure out the best way to deal with the impact on your life.
Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s overall well-being and mental health by helping them make changes in their thought patterns, emotional responses, or reactive behaviors that are causing them unnecessary distress. The methods used in psychotherapy attempt to alter behaviors, improve relationships, and foster healthy social skills to improve overall wellness.
Psychotherapy can help people in a range of situations. It may benefit someone who:
- Has persistent and overwhelming feelings or distressing emotions, such as sadness, anxiety, or anger
- Experiences a numbness or blunting of emotional responses
- Has lost interest in participating in life
- Feels a loss of control over their own life
- Has difficulty facing the everyday stresses and responsibilities of daily life
- Is using harmful drugs or alcohol to self-medicate
- Has unresolved trauma
- Is at risk of harming themselves or others
- Is the victim of abuse or rape
- Has a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, that affects their daily life
Types of Therapy Used to Treat Addiction
Some people turn to behavioral psychotherapy through a doctor’s referral, but many seek help independently. There are countless recognized styles and approaches to treatment in psychotherapy, such as:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT helps individuals understand how their internalized feelings, thoughts, and behaviors can affect their interactions with their environment. CBT can help address many issues in a person’s life, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bulimia, anorexia, and even low self-esteem.
- Psychodynamic therapy – Psychodynamic therapy is an older therapy style that focuses on the way past experiences still influence us and learning to let go of past and unconscious influences that have control over our present.
- Dialectical behavior therapy – Dialectical behavior therapy is a specific type of therapy that was based on CBT. DBT was created as a way to treat borderline personality disorder. Some key themes in dialectical behavior therapy treatment are managing distress, emotional regulation, and accepting change.
- Group therapy – This type of therapy is used in a family-style or support group style setting. Individuals are encouraged to express their views freely and hear others speak theirs while reserving judgment. The camaraderie of group therapy fosters a sense of empathy, closeness to others, and belonging. Many therapy groups are based around a theme that draws the group together, such as alcohol addiction or surviving trauma. Group therapy style support groups will usually meet for one or two hours, once or twice per week.
Meet Your Therapy Goals in a Psychotherapy Program Treatment at Baltimore Detox Center
Baltimore Detox Center believes in a whole-person approach to addiction management and wellness. After detox has been achieved, the focus of addiction treatment shifts to healing core psychological issues. Baltimore Detox Center has a wide variety of therapies to choose from, depending on what fits your lifestyle and expectations from treatment. If you are exploring options for rehab with a psychological treatment component, please don’t hesitate to call Baltimore Detox today at 833.714.1575.