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Why is Therapy So Emphasized in Addiction Recovery Treatment?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By October 24, 2018

When someone goes to an addiction recovery center they go through a series of steps of recovery, each one crafted specifically for their individual needs and unique struggles, but each one the same as their fellow patients. The first step in their treatment plan will be medically supervised detoxification. This allows the body to rid itself of the toxins from the substances the patient is addicted to while they abstain from taking the drug or drinking alcohol. The second stage in almost everyone’s recovery will be a rehabilitation treatment plan. That plan will be largely made up of therapies. Behavioral therapy and group therapy are the most common offered at addiction recovery facilities.

 

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is a tool psychiatrists, psychologists, and doctors have all started recommending to their patients more than ever. This is especially true in the substance abuse treatment world. Indeed, behavioral therapy has become the shining star of the show as far as addiction treatment goes.  This is because behavioral therapy targets changing behaviors. It teaches valuable life skills like self awareness, that help an addict when they leave rehab and enter their everyday lives again. Though behavioral therapy will likely be a big part of someone’s rehab experience it is highly advised that someone who is going back home after drug or alcohol addiction treatment seek out further behavioral treatment with a therapist. Seeking out continuing and consistent treatment is the best way for anyone to be sure of their sobriety and to keep themselves honest and confident in their choices.

 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in New Jersey

Discovery InstituteTherapy is especially important for someone entering detox and rehab with a dual diagnosis, or a co-occurring disorder. An overwhelming amount of people who suffer from chemical dependence and psychological addiction to an intoxicating substance also suffer from a mental illness.

Common disorders that sometimes occur alongside alcohol or drug addiction are: bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, among other disorders. When a dual diagnosis like this occurs it complicates treatment because the two disorders irritate one another and catalyze the other’s symptoms. They feed off of each other, keeping the other alive all the while. If the two disorders are treated separately treatment will be unsuccessful.

Even if one of the disorders goes into remission due to treatment, when the person ceases treatment or begins treatment for the other disorder the other disorder will reemerge viciously. The only way to be sure a dual diagnosis is treated effectively is to attend to both at once. At Discovery Institute alcohol rehab, New Jersey detox, we employ a specialized staff who can effectively work with patients to treat their dual diagnosis effectively.

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Article Reviewed 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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