People from all walks of life, of all races, ages and genders have been struggling with addiction for as long as there have been people on earth. It might feel like you’re alone and that no one understands, but whether it is you or a loved one who is struggling to make lasting change, there have been many people who have been right here, where you are, in the past.
Many of the people who have recovered from addiction have taken their own experiences and used them to create programs and substance abuse treatment systems to help others. So, it’s thanks to their hard work that we have so many addiction therapy techniques at our disposal at Safe Haven Recovery Center.
Alcoholics Anonymous or AA is a 12 step recovery program that is specifically target to people with alcohol abuse problems. It’s one of the oldest kinds of addiction therapy and has been in use in its current form since 1938. Many people choose AA because it is anonymous, so they can share and get help without judgement, and without impacting their daily lives.
Narcotics Anonymous or NA is 12 step program that is very similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Like AA, Narcotics Anonymous allows members to get anonymous help and support from people who have been in the same situation as they have. This peer support is ongoing, and people can usually attend NA meetings as long as they need to, whenever they need to, for life.
Where 12 step programs are based around admitting your powerlessness to control your addiction, SMART recovery is all about empowering people to acknowledge their own powers of self-control and teaching them how to control and manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It’s also peer supported, and members can access support whenever they need it.
Most people don’t start abusing alcohol or drugs without some kind of underlying cause or trigger. Sometimes, that might be genetic, if they are born into a family with addictive tendencies. Other times, it might be because of trauma or mental health problems. Individual and group therapy help people to identify the root cause of their addictions and substance abuse, so they can not only address the symptoms, but start addressing that cause.
Addiction is not something that only affects one person. If you or someone you love has substance abuse or addiction problems, then they have probably had an impact on the people who love them. Whether it’s a parent, sibling or spouse, seeking family and couples therapy to work through those issues together is a good way to build a foundation for lasting change.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on why we do the things we do, so we can learn to recognize triggers and find alternative ways to deal with them. CBT is widely used to treat all kinds of conditions besides substance abuse, including obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia and more. It is a genuine form of psychotherapy that is provided by a qualified psychiatric professional.
EMDR is a type of therapy that was designed to bridge the gap between the physical body and the mind. It is used to treat mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD and panic attacks. The treatment is done by qualified psychiatric professionals and involves a complex series of eye movements and other stimuli that help to unlock, and address buried mental health problems.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy or REBT is another type of psychiatric treatment mental health professionals use to help people find and address mental health problems that are based in irrational thought or fear. The treatment uses a process called grounding to help people to center themselves, so they can confront and address things that make them anxious or afraid.
One of the first steps in most successful substance abuse treatment programs is drug and alcohol detox, which helps to break the physical addiction to a particular substance. Every kind of substance addiction has both a physical component, where your body adapts to and becomes dependent on a chemical or chemicals, and a mental and emotional element. Successful addiction therapy requires you to address and treat both.
The substance abuse treatment options listed here are just some of the treatments we offer at Safe Haven Recovery Center. The truth is that most people will need to have more than one kind of treatment to fully address their condition and make a lasting change.
Our team of addiction therapy specialists is here to help you or your loved one find the right combination to turn their lives around for good. So don’t wait. If it’s time to make real change, reach out. We’re here to help.
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