Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that encourages clients to address and challenge areas of negative thinking.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment modality in which therapists and counselors work to challenge the thoughts of individuals struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. CBT is evidence-based, which means it is scientifically proven to aid in the therapeutic process. CBT is focused on the present, not the past. Over time, the goal is to help clients realize the power of our thoughts—specifically negative thoughts that lead us to make unhealthy choices—and how our thoughts affect our actions, behaviors and and emotions, not people or past events. If we can change the way we think, we can change the way we act.
At VRC, we utilize CBT to help clients do just that: change the way they think, so they can react to potentially harmful situations in healthier ways, despite the situation’s outcome. Our experienced, licensed therapists work one-on-one with clients during these sessions to identify specific situations in which clients react with negative thoughts. Then, we work together to develop ways in which clients can modify their thinking and view these situations from different perspectives. With the help of CBT, those in recovery are better able to process painful experiences, manage conflict and react to stress and stressful situations in much healthier ways.
Stemming from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an effective form of psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) works to help clients identify areas of inaccurate or irrational thinking while also teaching them to accept their thoughts and emotions. DBT gets to the heart of why individuals think the way they think and act the way they act in response to stress and conflict. Then, through group and individual therapy sessions, clients learn how to adjust their emotions and reactions to stress and conflict, and the challenges that have led them to using substances.
DBT is an evidence-based, scientifically proven form of therapy for both substance abuse and mental health issues, such as anxiety, stress, depression and trauma. At VRC, we utilize DBT to provide our clients with the tools needed to properly navigate their emotions in a supportive, collaborative therapeutic environment.
Psychodrama uses role-playing and other effective methods to help individuals heal from the emotional distress related to conflict, grief and loss.
Psychodrama therapy is unique in that it encourages clients to achieve the rare perspective of viewing their lives and addictions as an outsider would. Techniques, such as role reversal, has clients assume the identities of friends, loved ones or themselves from a past experience. Much deeper than simple skits acted out for fun, psychodrama instills confidence and insight into patterns of substance abuse, and ultimately increases the chances for long-lasting recovery.
During psychodrama sessions, clients typically meet in small groups to discuss past struggles and act out, or role-play, real-life situations from their actual pasts. The goal is to help clients experience challenging or painful scenarios from their lives, but from different and unexpected perspectives. By seeing things in a different light, they can learn to react to past trauma in a healthier, more constructive way. Sometimes, clients play the part of themselves while peers or therapists play the clients’ internal voices or significant figures in their lives. This can help clients express thoughts and emotions that have otherwise been buried under the surface.
At VRC, trauma therapy helps clients work through their painful pasts and develop more constructive ways to heal their emotional pain.
Addiction often develops as the result of a traumatic, painful experience or experiences. The emotional scarring and unwavering fears associated with trauma can become so intense, to the point where behavioral health issues develop and/or self-medicating with drugs or alcohol becomes a way to numb the pain.
Process group therapy sessions help clients work through past conflicts and learn healthier ways to manage difficult situations.
Individuals who struggle with addiction often experience dysfunctional relationships. Substance abuse can either cause or result in unhealthy dynamics with friends, loved ones and society in general. During therapy, it is important for clients to learn how to interact with others in positive ways, and develop the tools needed to build or rebuild healthy relationships with loved ones once they leave treatment.
Process group therapy sessions give clients the opportunity to create healthy bonds with their peers in a safe, structured setting. The relationships formed during group therapy at VRC also provide valuable relapse prevention support after the treatment is complete. There are many different types of process group therapies, each one designed to hone in on different aspects of addiction, interpersonal relationships, social skills, anger issues and more. During process group sessions, members keep mental track of their emotions in real-time.
Like CBT, process groups are rooted in the present, not the past or future. The goal, led by group leaders, is to encourage the group to share openly and freely, and ultimately gain collective trust. Once trust between group members is established, clients more comfortably share and discuss how their actions and behaviors have impacted those in their personal lives, and also speak openly about the strengths and weaknesses of their process group peers.
VRC provides mindfulness groups where patients are taught how to focus their attention on the here and now versus projecting on what might happen. Mindfulness teaches awareness of thoughts without being judgmental, by focusing on breathing, current thoughts, and the environment. Mindfulness relieves stress and quiets the mind.
Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based practice used in conjunction with the stages of change. At VRC we do not judge an individual on how many times they have been in treatment or what brought them to treatment this time. We believe everyone who comes to treatment has some intrinsic motivation and our task is to identify that motivation and develop treatment goals, which support the enhancement of the motivation. MI is a client directed therapeutic model, which means the patient’s goals drive the treatment process. MI builds on Carl Rogers’s optimistic and humanistic theory of individual behavior by supporting the patient’s free will and slef-efficacy
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