A form of talk therapy, psychotherapy is a key part of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Therapists mostly use it during individual counseling, using techniques such as behavioral therapy to get to the cause behind your addiction. The goal is to analyze and modify destructive thought patterns, which helps people stay clean far beyond treatment.

Psychotherapy may also be effective in treating co-occurring mental health conditions. These conditions feed drug and alcohol abuse, just as the substance abuse feeds the mental illness. Qualified therapists can address both issues at once with dual diagnosis treatment.

Individual therapy helps patients work past problems that trigger them to abuse drugs or alcohol. These triggers may include:

  • Everyday stress from work, home life or general anxiety
  • Environmental cues, such as going to places that caused past trauma
  • Socializing with others who use drugs and alcohol

By going through therapy in rehab, patients like you learn how to be strong against triggers. It’s possible to learn how to stop cravings and cope with daily life with continued freedom from alcohol or drug abuse. Therapy is the path to that learning and freedom.


A licensed therapist works with individuals in a one-on-one setting. That therapist will use proven techniques to help you work past trauma, depression, anxiety, triggers and addiction, itself. In some cases, therapists can also lead group psychotherapy sessions.

Besides psychotherapy, facilities often use other proven methods, including:

  • Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Holistic therapies
  • Life skills development

Regardless of the methodology, the best addiction treatment programs strive to help individuals recover in a safe, trusting environment. Therapists, counselors and other staff members help individuals develop better self-awareness, higher self-esteem, stronger interpersonal skills and peer empathy. These attributes are the building blocks for sustainable sobriety.

If you or somebody you know is struggling with a co-occurring disorder, reach out for help today. We are standing by and ready to help you make the change!

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