What to Expect From Psychotherapy in Addiction Recovery

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What to Expect From Psychotherapy in Addiction Recovery

Addiction can be a complicated issue to battle. We know there are many different stressors and triggers in life that can make recovery hard. Because of how complex addiction can be, there are multiple treatment approaches that have been developed to utilize in addiction recovery. Seeking treatment through one of our programs could include the use of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is also known as one-on-one therapy or talk therapy. This type of therapy can help individuals learn new ways to cope throughout their recovery. Psychotherapy can be used for a variety of mental health issues, including addiction treatment.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is one-on-one therapy in which a mental health professional works with one client individually. During a psychotherapy session, you have the opportunity to speak to a professional without anyone else’s possible influence. We know group therapy can be a great tool in addiction recovery, but for individuals who may find speaking in a group to be difficult, psychotherapy could feel more comfortable for you.

Psychotherapy can be used in combination with other therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Psychotherapy in addiction recovery has been proven to be beneficial. It can even be utilized without a mental health disorder diagnosis and still produce positive outcomes.

At Avalon Malibu, we can utilize multiple therapies to best support you throughout your addiction recovery, including the use of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy elements can vary. Some of these components can include tracking emotions or behaviors and learning new healthy coping skills. If psychotherapy is part of your treatment, each session will typically last 45 minutes to an hour.

In a psychotherapy session, you can expect your therapist to learn how to best support you. This means you and your therapist will talk together about who you are and what you need in order to get better. It is common for individuals battling addiction to have other co-occurring mental health disorders. It’s important to know that psychotherapy can help clients with addiction even in the case they have no other mental health disorders.

Benefits of Psychotherapy in Addiction Recovery

Some benefits of psychotherapy in addiction recovery can include having a safe space to talk about difficult topics without being judged. Not feeling judged when talking about difficult life events is important. Other benefits could include learning new safe ways to cope in life. Together, you and your therapist can come up with new coping skills catered to you. There are many stressors in life, and we know life can be unpredictable. Learning healthy ways to cope is a skill anyone could benefit from.

In addiction recovery specifically, having tools to use when you experience stress can help prevent relapses. Psychotherapy in addiction recovery can also help you learn what your triggers are. The benefit of this is that when you know what situations are triggering for you, you are able to talk about them and learn ways to better navigate them.

Psychotherapy can help individuals in everyday life as well as in specific triggering situations. It can help you learn how to build your ability to live your life in the ways you want to that don’t include your addiction. This is important because addiction can take so much away from you. Getting your power back and gaining freedom from your addiction is a tremendous goal to have, and we can help you get there.

Why We Utilize Psychotherapy in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery can take time due to the complexity of the disease of addiction. It is important to have a strong support system in place during your recovery. We believe our psychotherapists can be a part of that support system. Avalon Malibu will do its best to help you in order to ensure optimal results in your recovery. We believe incorporating psychotherapy into your treatment plan can be one of those tools that help you recover.

Avalon Malibu believes that the use of psychotherapy can help clients better understand themselves. Having an understanding of who you are is important. We know you are so much more than addiction, but it is key for you to believe that too. Addiction can be isolating, so we also find psychotherapy in addiction recovery to be beneficial because our therapists are there to listen.

It is important that our clients feel comfortable in treatment. Some people may find the idea of psychotherapy to be daunting. We want to assure you that all of our staff are here to help and can do so in a way that is not intimidating. Having a one-on-one individual therapy session while in treatment can serve as a resource. This gives you a more individualized approach and can provide you with the best possible circumstances to recover.

We know addiction recovery can seem intimidating because of its complexity. Recovery can take time and a lot of hard work. Avalon Malibu wants to best support you in a way that allows you to feel heard and seen throughout your recovery journey. We believe one way we can do that is through the use of psychotherapy in your treatment plan. Psychotherapy or one-on-one therapy can be used in combination with other treatments throughout your journey in addiction recovery. Psychotherapy has proven benefits for individuals who struggle with addiction and can help those with co-occurring mental health disorders as well. Call Avalon Malibu at (844) 857-5992 for additional information on how we can help you with psychotherapy services. 

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