Drug addiction takes a huge toll on people’s lives. It leads to the development of negative thinking patterns and behaviors, which makes it difficult to treat. Psychotherapy is the most successful evidence-based treatment for addiction. The Hills Treatment Center uses many therapy techniques to address the needs of each client.

What Is Psychotherapy?

man talking to therapist benefits from psychotherapyAlso referred to as just therapy, psychotherapy is a process in which people address mental disorders. It helps them resolve the cause of the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to addiction. Talk therapy also teaches people positive ways to solve issues in their lives. In addition, It can educate people about addiction and teach coping skills that prevent relapse.

Therapy requires counselors to develop trust with their clients. Together, they define goals for therapy and break down those goals into smaller objectives. Then, the clients discuss their feelings, moods, and thoughts openly without fear of judgment. The counselors provide constructive feedback and help their clients overcome obstacles.

Most talk therapy methods last for less than a year. However, some people continue going to therapists for support to stay sober. Each session usually occurs once a week and lasts for about one hour.

Therapy Types

Addiction isn’t the same for everyone. People use different drugs and dosages. They also start using for diverse reasons and at different times in their lives. These variations are why The Hills Treatment Center uses a range of therapy techniques.

Behavior therapy helps people understand how changing negative behaviors can make them feel better. The goal is to encourage them to participate in positive activities. It follows a structure that includes self-monitoring, planning activities, role playing and changing behaviors. The structure measures what they do and tries to increase their positive experiences.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses more on solving current rather than past problems. The theory behind it is that how people think affects how they act and feel. This concept suggests that addiction is the result of false beliefs and thinking patterns. It focuses on correcting these beliefs to improve how people perceive events and feel in certain situations.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) focuses on how social factors affect thoughts and actions. The theory is that some people have more intense and unpredictable responses to emotional events. It helps people recognize and eliminate negative beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors. People also learn coping skills that help them manage intense emotions.

Family therapy expands the focus beyond just one person and onto the family as a whole. Therapists may use behavior, cognitive and other methods to address flawed family dynamics. Communication training is a common technique because it’s one of the biggest problems that families have. Improving the family dynamic can create a great support system for people in addiction recovery.

Therapy Effectiveness

Research shows that psychotherapy is the most effective approach to addiction treatment. However, people have the most success when they enter sessions on their own. A willingness to change aspects of their lives that don’t work or contribute to addiction also improves success rates. They need to have an open mind and be ready to try new things as well.

The Hills Treatment Center Provides Full-Service Addiction Treatment

In Los Angeles, California, The Hills Treatment Center supports you through every step of addiction treatment. We start with detox to help you stop using drugs in a safe, comfortable environment. When you’re ready, we begin therapy according to your needs. Some of our other therapy options include:

  • Multisystemic therapy
  • Multidimensional family therapy
  • Functional family therapy
  • Brief motivational therapy

During treatment, you’ll receive confidential care despite our location being in the heart of the city. In addition, our facility offers massage, yoga, and meals made by a world-class chef. Review our drug rehab guide to learn more about our approaches to therapy.

Take back control of your life. The Hills Treatment Center can help you learn to manage addiction so that you can live happy and healthy. Call us today at 866-323-4665 to learn more about our programs.