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Importance of Therapy


Psychotherapy consists of talking with a trained expert to learn how to deal with your depression, anxiety, stress, guilt or fear. The expert can be a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or trained counselor. Two of the approaches used by these experts are interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Both of these methods are used to treat disorders that can affect your alcohol or drug abuse.

Therapy for Depression / Anxiety / Stress / Guilt / Fear

“Talk” therapy helps people better understand their problems and helps them work out these problems by talking them over with the therapist. Sometimes they are given issues or “homework” to work on between sessions. Many forms of talk therapy can help patients in as little as 10 to 20 weeks.

Interpersonal Therapy—This approach looks at the patients’ personal relationships that both cause depression, anxiety, stress, guilt or fear and make it worse.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)—This approach helps people learn how to get more fulfillment through their own actions. The person is shown how to unlearn the patterns in his or her behavior that add to, or are a result of, the underlying diagnosis. Our licensees focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the prime therapeutic modality for substance abuse disorders.

Cognitive—The cognitive part helps people change the thinking patterns that keep them from overcoming their fears. For example, a person with panic attacks might be helped to see that these attacks are not really heart attacks, as he or she might have thought. The person is shown that they don’t have to jump to the worst possible conclusion. A person with social phobia might be helped to overcome the belief that others are always watching and judging him or her.

Behavioral—The behavioral part of CBT tries to change how people react to things that make them anxious or stressed out. An important technique, called exposure, is used. Exposure is when people confront the things they fear. For example, if someone has a fear of dirt and germs, the therapist might urge the person to get his or her hands dirty and then not let him or her wash them for a certain amount of time. During this time, the therapist would help the person cope with their anxiety symptoms. After doing this a number of times, the person will be less anxious.

A person with social phobia might be urged to spend time in social situations that cause fear, without giving in to the urge to leave. Or people who have faced danger and trauma might be asked to relive the event in detail, as if in slow motion. By doing this, they are, in a way, going through it again in safety. If this is done with care, the person might be able to reduce the anxiety/stressful symptoms that come with the memory of the event. People might also be shown how to relax and manage anxiety/stress by doing deep breathing exercises.

The Need for Medication—Therapy alone might not help depression, anxiety, stress or fear conditions. There could be chemical imbalances that cause these conditions. It might be important to take medicine. For many people, therapy along with medicine is the best treatment plan. It can help fight conditions on all fronts.
Licensees working with treatment protocols ranging from 10 to 150 weeks using FDA approved medications and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy experience the best of evidenced based medicine that is recognized effective. These medically managed, dual diagnosis protocols are the direction that the State of Florida is moving toward as offering the best possible chance for successful outcomes for substance abuse.

The true hero’s in today’s successful outcomes are the therapists who do the hard work of guiding patients through the traumas of the underlying diagnosis’ prevalent in over 95% of patients with substance abuse problems.

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