When it comes to treating addiction, people have a lot of options. One such option is conversational or talk therapy. Many people have heard of this type of psychotherapy, but not everyone knows much about it. To make matters worse, a lot of what they do know is a myth.
What Is Talk Therapy?
Talk therapy has many names because it encompasses many types of counseling. For example, some people refer to it as psychotherapy. Other types of addiction therapy services that fall into this category include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
Regardless of what people call it, conversational counseling plays a vital role in helping people overcome addiction. To get the most out of it, however, they have to believe in it and trust their therapists.
Myths About Conversational Therapy
One myth about this kind of therapy is that it offers no benefit besides getting problems out in the open. Although that’s part of counseling, it’s just the start. This treatment approach focuses on what’s wrong and helps clients seek solutions to their problems.
Another myth is that conversational therapy is only for “crazy” people. However, thousands of people seek counseling every day. While it benefits people with mental disorders, it also helps people through challenging times. For example, people seek therapy for addiction, divorce, and other behavioral health issues.
Lastly, people often think that those who need therapy are weak. In actuality, it takes a lot of strength for people to openly discuss their fears and concerns. Studies show that airing out problems reduces stress and helps people live longer, happier lives.
The Link Between Addiction and Therapy
The link between addiction and counseling is strong. Rehab centers typically offer a variety of conversational therapy options. One of the most effective of these is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It focuses on replacing negative behaviors such as addiction, with positive ones.
Studies show that people who undergo CBT are less likely to relapse after they leave rehab. Therapists also favor this type of counseling because it shows quick results. CBT, however, is more effective when people continue the treatment even after they show signs of improvement.
Let Us Help You Overcome Drug Addiction
Overcoming addiction isn’t something that you should ever try by yourself. At Crestview Recovery, we work hard to make sure that you get the right kind of treatment for your addiction. We pride ourselves on creating custom plans for each client. Some of the addiction programs that we offer include:
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization
Through these programs, we treat a variety of addictions. There’s no shame in seeking treatment, whether you’ve had an addiction for several weeks, months, or years. We offer treatment for addictions such as:
- Alcohol addiction
- Heroin addiction
- Fentanyl addiction
- Crack cocaine addiction
- Benzo addiction
Healing from Addiction Starts Now
Taking the time to find a treatment plan that suits your individual needs might feel daunting. Especially when there are so many types of therapy to choose from, you or your loved one may feel that seeking recovery is just too big of a task to take on. The good news is that when you reach out for help, you can join together with a team of knowledgeable and compassionate specialists who are dedicated to finding a way forward together. With more people working together to solve the problem, you can rest assured you won’t be alone in the fight against addiction and mental health symptoms.
Let us show you how to get the most out of your addiction treatment. Our friendly and professional staff will help you every step of the way. Contact us today at 866.262.0531 for more information.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.