Types of Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Types of Therapy for Addiction Treatment

If you’re trying to overcome an addiction, there are a number of therapies and treatment methods that can help. Since every patient is different, the best strategy is often to incorporate several methods at once. During inpatient or outpatient rehab, these are some types of therapy that can be the most beneficial.

Dual Diagnosis Therapy

More than half of all patients who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction also struggle with mental health concerns. This could be a mild condition, or it could be a mental illness. There’s a strong link between mental health and addiction. Because of this, patients should address both for total health and recovery. That’s why dual diagnosis therapy is so common in rehab.

Dual diagnosis therapy acknowledges that there are two issues: Mental health and addiction. Patients might struggle with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Whatever the case, they work with therapists to treat both the mental health issue and the addiction. This can be incredibly helpful in the fight against relapse.

Family Therapy

Fighting an addiction takes a support system. Sometimes, family members can be a critical part of that support system. That’s why family therapy is such a big part of addiction treatment for many patients.

During family therapy, patients will have the chance to work on their most important relationships. Family members can learn more about the disease of addiction, and they can understand why enabling is so dangerous.

Holistic Types of Therapy

Most approaches to addiction recovery are evidence-based. However, sometimes holistic approaches to recovery can be just as effective. Many rehab programs include holistic therapies as a way to offer patients a full range of care.

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, there are several popular holistic therapy options to choose from. A few examples include the following:

  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness therapy
  • Acupuncture therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy

Life Skills Therapy

Addiction therapy is about more than just getting sober. It’s also about developing the skills necessary to have a fulfilling and productive life. During addiction treatment, life skills therapy can be a smart choice.

In life skills therapy, patients relearn some basic skills that they need for integration back into society. That could include time management, budgeting, doing laundry or grocery shopping. Mastering these skills during rehab makes it easier to make the most of an independent lifestyle in the future.

Group Therapy

A very common and effective means of therapy for addiction treatment is group therapy. Participants work with a network of their peers to be accountable to one another. This is a great chance to share experiences and ask for advice.

Group therapy can also show patients that they’re not alone. Patients feel far less isolated when they’re in a group of people who understand exactly what they’re going through. Group therapy can follow the 12-Step philosophy, or it can be a general support meeting.

These types of therapy are a few of the best ways to approach recovery. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, a wide range of therapy options set the stage for lifelong sobriety. Call (866) 319-6126 and start living the life you deserve.

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.