Psychotherapy to Treat a Drug Addiction – Does it Work?

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

What is Psychotherapy?

According the to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, psychotherapy is defined as “treatment of mental or emotional disorder or of related bodily ills by psychological means.” In other words, psychotherapy is usually done in an individual therapy session (when it’s just the patient and the therapist) that helps the patient understand and treat an emotional or behavioral disorder.

 

The reason that probably sounds a little vague is because there are a number of treatment methods that are a part of psychotherapy. The following types of therapy are types of psychotherapy:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy

Each of these kinds of psychotherapy use different approaches to treat emotional or behavioral issues. When it comes to the psychotherapy you’ll receive in rehab at our Pompano Beach drug addiction treatment center, we use a method called cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

Psychotherapy and Addiction

Cognitive behavioral therapy (sometimes referred to as CBT) has been found to be the most effective form of psychotherapy that drug addicts and alcoholics can receive to treat their addictions. One of the aspects of CBT that make it particularly good for use in rehab is that it can treat more than one disorder at a time, which is the case for those who have a dual diagnosis of an addiction intertwined with a mental health disorder..

CBT works by addressing how people think and the causes of those thought patterns. By helping the patient develop healthier thought patterns, they should also start making better life choices and be able to be more cognizant of the decisions they make.

 

Who Should Get Psychotherapy?

Inside the scope of rehab in Pompano Beach, we believe that every one of our patients should go through psychotherapy, whether they are in an inpatient or outpatient program. When it comes to psychotherapy in general or, more specifically CBT (as in outside of a rehab setting), this form of individual therapy is great for those who believe they make poor decisions or who have emotional issues that directly impact their behavior in a negative way.

 

If you have any questions about psychotherapy or our cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, contact us right away.

 

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.