Addiction is a very complex mental illness, and it takes quality treatment in order to recover from it fully. In order to recover, it takes much more than losing your physical dependence to the substance after detox. True recovery comes from overcoming the psychological dependence, which happens because you turn to substances for a variety of reasons. Through psychotherapy at a qualified addiction treatment center, you’ll learn how to stay sober as well as improve your mental health.
What is Psychotherapy?
In short, psychotherapy is the treatment of mental health through ways other than taking medications. While there are medications that can help improve your mental health, it’s important to know how beneficial therapy is. A common mistake people make when it comes to their mental health is believing medications can fix all of your problems. The reality is that medications for mental illness are simply there to help relieve some symptoms. Some of the common mental health issues that medications can help with include the following:
It’s important to realize that while you won’t be receiving addictive medications in treatment, you should never only rely on pills. In many cases of mental illness, there’s a cause of the symptoms, and these require additional forms of treatment. Through therapy, you’ll get down to the roots of your mental health issues and find solutions. The medications help you get to a baseline, but the rest of the work is up to you.
Individual Psychotherapy Program
It’s important that the addiction treatment center offers you treatment for co-occurring disorders, which means treating mental illness as well as addiction. A lot of this treatment is done in a one-on-one, safe environment with a licensed professional. Without even realizing it, the sources of your anxiety or depression may be a result of your past. A therapist is someone you can open up to freely to discuss your present as well as past issues.
A therapist is there to listen to you from a caring, non-bias point of view and point out things you may not be seeing. You’ll see that things that happened to you as a child were not your fault, but your addiction recovery is now your responsibility. This is an empowering feeling, and you’ll gain more confidence as you gain new coping skills for living life. As you process issues that you’ve covered up with alcohol or drugs, your mind will begin to heal. You’ll start to see that you can face life successfully when you’re free from your addiction.
In Addition to Psychotherapy
A major part of the addiction treatment process is group therapy because it’s extremely important to have support. Through addiction therapy, you’ll learn more about building healthy relationships, and you’ll learn to get support from your peers. Believe it or not, building connections with others who struggle with addiction can also help with your mental health. Humans are designed to build connections with other people, and the brain responds to having healthy relationships.
Melrose Recovery is a drug and alcohol treatment center located in Los Angeles, and we offer a variety of services. Aside from psychotherapy, we also provide detox services, so we can provide you with all of the treatment you need. Through our program, you’ll regain hope that you can live an amazing life. Some of the programs we offer here include the following: