Addiction therapy is a huge part of the treatment process and something we pride ourselves with at the Discovery Institute. We offer many different types of counseling while a patient is in treatment, including:

Therapy and counseling is a critical component when it comes to addiction. The mental aspect of addiction plays an integral role in not just the addiction itself, but also recovering from addiction. 

That’s why therapy and counseling is such a major part of the entire treatment process. It allows both the client and therapist to dig deep. This way they truly learn and understand the triggers that set off the substance use disorder. 

They can then hone in on those specific triggers and work to reprogram the brain, so it doesn’t think it needs the substance anymore. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of counseling and therapy used during addiction treatment. 

Individual Counseling

Individual therapy allows the client to work with a therapist or counselor in a 1-on-1 setting. By meeting in an intimate setting like that, the client can feel more comfortable. Especially as they genuinely open up and share all their emotions and factors that may contribute to their addictive behaviors. 

Typically individual therapy is used in conjunction with group therapy. Individual therapy is a great place for the client to share anything that they might not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting. It can also be a great space to go into more detail about something that they might have discussed in group therapy.  

Individual therapy can take place anywhere from once a week to several times a week, depending on both the patient’s needs and interests and the recommendation of the therapist or counselor. After entering a treatment facility, the client is assigned a primary therapist who they will meet with for all their individual therapy sessions. 

This allows the therapist and the client to build a trusting, therapeutic relationship. By meeting with the same therapist every time, the client will be more comfortable truly opening up to them.

Group Counseling

Group therapy is another way to address issues that might have lead to a substance use disorder. It’s also a great way to learn to not let it overpower your life moving forward. Individual therapy is a great way to get to the bottom of the issues that might have lead to addiction. However, it’s not the only component.

When a client comes in and starts treatment, many of them have likely suffered from social and emotional isolation from friends and family as a result of their addiction. Many of them have entered treatment because they have been cut off from their support system and have nowhere else to go. That’s why group therapy is so important. 

Through group therapy, the client can re-learn the necessary social skills needed to function in the outside world so that they can be a productive member of society again once they leave treatment. Additionally, group therapy provides the support system they need to successfully complete treatment. 

At Discovery Institute, we offer our clients a variety of group therapy options, including:

  • Focus groups
  • Creative groups
  • Writing therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Processing groups
  • Fitness classes
  • Meditation groups

Each of these groups is specifically designed to address a component of addiction treatment, from physical health to mental well-being. Our clients can address their issues amongst their peers in a supportive environment. In this type of setting, the process is a much more enjoyable experience. 

Each group that we offer has been specifically designed with the goal of helping our clients learn how to function normally in their daily lives once they leave the treatment program.

Family Counseling

Many of our clients who enter treatment have strained family relationships as a result of their substance abuse. Family therapy focuses on those possibly strained relationships and aims to understand and validate the experiences of all family members. 

The goal of family therapy is to bring clarity to those relationships. Families work to not only repair the damaged relationships but also to reunite the family. Of course, this is if all the family members choose to do so. At Discovery Institute, our family therapists believe that problems exist between people, not within people.

During family counseling, the family therapist will explore with the family how substance use has impacted the family dynamic. They will look into the strains that the addiction has placed on all aspects of the family dynamic. This includes relationships, financials, and any other strain the substance use disorder has put on the normal family dynamic. 

In addition, family therapists can also provide education about substance use for the whole family and support family members in reducing their bad behaviors and increasing their effective behaviors. Our family therapists will also coach family members in the practice of these new skills.

At Discovery Institute, we offer two different types of family counseling:

  • Individual family counseling – In individual family counseling, we meet with each family member individually without the family member who is suffering from addiction in the room. This allows both the family member and the therapist tp speak privately about any issues or concerns that they may have without anyone else being in the room.
  • Group family counseling – In group family counseling, the family members and the person suffering from addiction meet with the therapist or counselor all at the same time. In this setting, any issues from all members of the family can be discussed in a safe and supportive environment. As part of the recovery process, it is important for the person in recovery to understand how his or her actions while abusing drugs or alcohol have affected others.

Trauma Counseling and Other Special Needs

Sometimes a traumatic experience in a person’s life can send them spiraling down a destructive path. When that happens, the person might choose to handle emotions by turning to drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating. They might use drugs or alcohol as a way to try and forget about the traumatic experience that they had and to try and suppress the feelings that come along with it. This can lead to substance use disorder and even addiction.

First responders are by far the most susceptible to developing a substance abuse issue as a result of trauma related to their job. They work in a fast-paced, emotionally charged, and adrenaline-fueled industry that can wear a person down. They also see and experience things that most people can’t even fathom, such as death and destruction. All this can take a toll on someone’s mental stability. 

At Discovery Institute, we understand that trauma can lead people down the path to addiction. That’s why we offer counseling and treatment for those who have a traumatic experience in their life. 

Addiction Therapy Helps The Individual

Addiction counseling is one of the most important aspects of treatment. This is mostly because it allows the client to figure out why their addiction got to where it did. It also helps them learn how they can prevent it from happening again in the future.

Many times, it is core issues outside of the addiction itself that leads people to drug addiction and alcohol use disorder. With counseling, these issues are brought to the surface and addressed in a safe and supported environment.

Clients will get the opportunity to meet one on one with a therapist. They will also participate in group counseling sessions daily. It’s a good mix of being able to discuss certain problems one-on-one, and other topics with a group of peers led by addiction counseling specialists. Family counseling allows concerned family members and loved ones to be a part of the recovery process. They can also find out the progress of the individual. Most importantly, they will learn skills and ways to cope and help in recovery.

All needs are addressed while at Discovery Institute, so special kinds of counseling services are available for those who have suffered through trauma and other circumstances.

Do You Need Addiction Therapy?

Not only is addiction therapy, one of the key components of the entire treatment process, but it is also one of the most important as well. At Discovery Institute, we recognize the importance of addiction therapy, which is why we offer it to all our clients. It is our goal to do whatever we can in order to get the help you need as you travel down the road to recovery. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from addiction therapy, don’t wait even another day. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment plans, including addiction therapy, and don’t let substance use disorder get in the way of you being able to live your life for even another minute.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Joseph N. Ranieris D.O.

Dr. Joseph Ranieri D.O. earned his BS in Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1981 and His Doctorate Degree in Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine Addiction Certification.