If someone suffering from drug addiction or alcohol addiction doesn’t work to understand themselves they will very likely never get to a place of sustainable sober living. New Jersey detox and rehab facilities offer behavioral health therapies in order to help patients better understand their own behavioral habits as well as their instincts. This sort of self knowledge is likely to help the person to deal with anxiety and depression, and in doing so will also help them manage their triggers and cravings once they have gone through a medical detox and a rehabilitation treatment program.

 

Relapse Prevention Through Continuing Therapy

Even after a person returns from a comprehensive treatment program like the kind available through Discovery Institute, one of New Jersey’s top rated drug rehab centers, they will need to focus on getting further behavioral therapy. This kind of continuing treatment is vital to be able to remain in a state of sober living, or active recovery. Because alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic disease it cannot be cured. This means that in order for a person’s symptoms to remain in remission, constant maintenance is vital to preserving sobriety and to prevent relapse.

 

Relapse Prevention Through Group Therapy

Discovery InstituteSomeone who is suffering from a chemical dependence and psychological addiction to a prescription or illicit drug or to alcohol will probably experience group therapy in a treatment center. It is very common for treatment facilities to utilize group therapy in their rehabilitation strategies. This gives the patients several advantages. In a group setting a person can listen to the stories of those around them and feel less alone. They also have the opportunity to begin building relationships with other people who have gone through similar traumas, or with similar struggles. These relationships can last through treatment and after treatment is over can turn into a type of accountability relationship.

 

Loneliness is a substantial catalyst for depression and anxiety. It’s so easy to return home from rehab – a place where an addict was surrounded with people who understood what they were going through – and to fall into a deep depression or to begin feeling extremely anxious when they no longer have that environment.  Perhaps the best way to head this off is to look for a group therapy program, whether it is a 12 step program or some other kind of group therapy forum. Engaging in group therapy after treatment will offer these same opportunities to a person struggling with addiction. Regular meetings like those held in most twelve step programs also have the advantage of offering sponsorship programs. This is where a more experienced sober addict can be there for a less experienced member of the program. It is something of a mentorship program and can go far helping a recovering addict to not feel alone in their recovery.

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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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