Types of Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment Programs

Types of Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment Programs

Substance addiction is extremely difficult to overcome. Addictive substances, by their very nature, are chemically composed of habit-forming elements. But it is possible to recover from addiction with the right help and support.

There are a variety of types of therapy for substance abuse used to help patients overcome addiction and develop healthy behaviors that can prevent relapse. Here are a few of the many successful therapies that have proven to be highly effective.


The broad term of psychotherapy refers to the concept of talk therapy. Talk therapy is essentially just what it sounds like, talking about your thoughts and feelings with a trained therapist. Sometimes just the act of opening up and talking things out can be a major step in the right direction for someone suffering from addiction.

Under the umbrella of psychotherapy there are two subcategories:

      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapy involves the process of identifying misconceptions a patient may have about themselves, others, or the world, often negative conceptions. The therapy then aims to correct these negative thoughts and promote positive, healthy ways of thinking and subsequent actions.


      • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. When mental health symptoms are severe, whether manifesting as substance addiction or other harmful behaviors, the patient may be a danger to themselves or others. Dialectical behavioral therapy encourages emotional regulation in particularly difficult situations.

Psychotherapy Types:

Psychotherapy is put into practice in a variety of different formats depending on the needs of the patient. It may look like:

      • Individual therapy. In some cases therapy may be delivered on an individual basis, just the patient and the therapist talking one on one.
      • Group therapy. Many people benefit from group therapy, talking about their struggles with others who have had similar experiences. People struggling with addiction can empathize with each other and learn healthy habits from each other.
      • Marital therapy. When one spouse’s addiction negatively impacts the marriage, marital therapy is often an effective practice. It can not only help a person overcome their addiction, but help to repair the damage addiction can inflict on the marriage relationship.
      • Family therapy. A person’s addiction can negatively impact the entire family and everyone who cares about him or her. It can affect children, parents, siblings, and other close family members, making relationships strained. Family therapy can help to repair family relationships in the aftermath of addiction.

Any one or a combination of these therapies may be used to help a person overcome addiction and facilitate healthy relationships with loved ones following substance abuse.

Additional Therapies to Help with Recovery

Rehabilitation centers offer a variety of different types of therapy for substance abuse to help patients overcome addiction and live happier lives. Some of those therapies include:

      • Art therapy. Through art therapy patients connect the world as they imagine it to the world as it truly exists, learning about their own minds and emotions through artistic expression.
      • Music therapy. Music therapy can consist of a wide variety of musical expression from creating music, learning an instrument, singing, dancing, or listening. Music can be an outlet for emotions and inner thoughts that a patient may not otherwise be able to express. Expression in and of itself is therapeutic.  
      • Yoga. Yoga addresses both the physical and spiritual self. Yoga is a training of the body and the mind to move and think in different ways, increasing positive energy from within. It is effective as a substance abuse therapy because it can be relaxing and a stress reliever, offering patients a healthier way to manage stress instead of turning to substances.
      • Mindfulness. Connecting with nature is the goal of mindfulness. By spending time in the natural world patients can get in touch with their primal needs and reset their thinking to eliminate negative though patterns and stress. Plenty of fresh air and sunshine has been proven to promote health and mental wellness.
      • Food therapy. Eating healthy, whole foods contributes to physical and mental health. When the body receives the nourishment it needs, there is less of a tendency to feed it unhealthy things, like alcohol or drugs.

These types of therapy for alcoholism and substance abuse may all be used in conjunction to meet the needs of a recovering patient. A comprehensive therapy plan will be created for each patient to meet their individual needs, using some or all of the above treatments.

Find the Help You or a Loved One Needs to Overcome Addiction

If you or a loved one suffers from substance abuse, there is hope. New Hope Ranch is a treatment center located just outside of Austin, Texas offering alcohol and drug rehab services. Accredited by the joint commission, New Hope Ranch treats patients through various types of therapy for alcoholism and substance abuse.

Call (512) 298-4379 today to speak with a staff member or fill out the request form and someone will contact you. 

Rock to Recovery

Rock to Recovery

For the first time ever, Rock to Recovery is coming to Texas! On Saturday, September 14th, Rock to Recovery will be holding a fundraising concert at The Belmont Theater in Austin. Hosted by Brandon Novak, honorees and musical guests include Bob Schneider, Kathy Valentine, and Sacred Sons.
New Hope Ranch is proud to be a sponsor of this event, along with Omega Recovery, Promises Austin, and Recovery Unplugged. All proceeds go towards Rock to Recovery’s services helping those suffering from addiction and mental health issues find hope and support through the healing power of music.

Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Drug Rehab

Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Drug Rehab

Admitting you have an addiction is never easy. It may seem difficult or shameful to accept help from friends or family. Once you begin your journey down the road to rehabilitation, however, you’re that much closer to a more happy, healthy lifestyle. Still, that path is lined with obstacles, and you might have some questions or concerns about what to expect. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about drug rehab to help you get started.

It’s Not Cheap

Like any illness, addiction can be expensive to treat. The exact cost of treatment varies, but it is largely dependent on the degree of addiction and where the treatment takes place. Thankfully, because rehab falls under the medical umbrella, most insurance can help pay for some or all of your treatment. Even though curing your addiction may seem pricey, it’s important to remember that the long-term costs and health effects of drug use are always more expensive.

It’s Embarrassing

It’s normal to feel flustered when you make a mistake. Guilt comes from our past actions and choices, and thinking about what decisions you’ve made that have led to addiction or caused pain to your friends and family can be difficult. You might feel ashamed that you are in rehab, but this should also come with a sense of pride in knowing that you’re strong enough to seek help. Many people leave rehab with newfound happiness and a regained sense of dignity, and go on to share their stories to help others still fighting addiction.

It’s Relative

The extent of your addiction may not be the same as others you will meet in rehab. By talking to people and learning their stories, you will find that some have used more or less than you. It’s important to remember that it’s not an overreaction that you have chosen rehab when you find yourself comparing your addiction to others. If drug or alcohol use have caused problems in your life and you are ready to fix them, you are exactly where you need to be.

It’s Uncomfortable

Rehab groups and conversations have their own language and terminology, and you may feel out of place at first until you learn to adapt to them. Additionally, you may have conversations or hear stories that cause you to feel distressed. Remember that everyone in rehab is there for the same reason—to combat addiction—and that anything you hear or say will only help you down the road to recovery.

It’s Challenging

There will, of course, be bumps along the way. At times, you may want to give up, or the prospect of sobriety may seem completely out of reach. It’s important to remember that everyone in rehab, including your counselors and groups, are there to help you. Do not deceive yourself or others in rehab, as many people will easily recognize falsehoods as lies they themselves have told in the past. Be ready to hear—and come to terms with—your shortcomings, and allow others to help you move past them.

It’s A Community

While in rehab, you will meet a multitude of amazing people who, just like you, have made mistakes in their lives. Don’t be afraid to make friends and keep in contact with them, as you can act as pillars of support for each other long after your treatment has ended. Unfortunately, it is a fact that nearly half of all addicts relapse after participating in rehab. While it may be tempting to focus on helping other people with their addictions, don’t forget that your own journey to sobriety and recovery comes first.

It’s Transformative

When you come out of rehab, you will have changed for the better. You may find yourself enjoying things you never expected yourself to, or trying new activities you never would have dreamed of. Rehab teaches you to be more open with those around you, as well as how to deal with your emotions in more healthy ways than addiction. Rehab is there to help you become someone that you, yourself, can be proud of.

Want More Information?

New Hope Ranch has a dedicated and experienced drug and alcohol treatment team. Contact us today at (512) 566-3050 to learn how we can help.

Substance Abuse Treatment and Insurance Coverage: What You Need to Know

Substance Abuse Treatment and Insurance Coverage: What You Need to Know

For many people who need substance abuse treatment, cost is a major barrier that needs to be overcome. Fortunately, health insurance can make the cost of entering a residential treatment facility more affordable. Here are some things to consider when considering the cost of treatment and understanding your health insurance coverage.

Essential Health Benefit

Under the Affordable Care Act, mental health services are considered an essential health benefit. All health plans sold through state marketplaces and that meet minimum coverage requirements are required to offer mental health services, including treatment for substance use disorders. However, each health insurance plan will have its own terms, with some plans providing better coverage than others.

State Requirements

As of the time of this writing, 43 states required insurance providers to cover substance abuse treatment. This is in addition to the ACA requirements. This means that most states require health insurance providers to cover substance abuse treatment, even if the ACA is repealed.

In-Network vs. Out-of-Network

Some health insurance plans require you to go to an in-network treatment center to receive covered treatment while others allow you to choose your own treatment program. It is usually less expensive to choose an in-network treatment program when one is available. Each plan’s in-network providers list is different, so it is important to check with your insurance provider to determine in-network providers.

Deductibles, Co-pays, and Limits

The cost of residential treatment programs will likely exceed your annual deductible. This means that you’ll be responsible for your annual deductible, any co-insurance, and co-pays that are applicable to your treatment under plan terms. If your health insurance plan has annual limits for certain types of services, you may only be eligible for a certain number of days of treatment each year or self pay for what’s over the plan’s limits.

May Not Cover All Services

Even if your health insurance company covers residential treatment, the provider may not cover all associated costs. Certain amenities, treatments, or add-ons could be billed separately. For instance, a health insurance company may cover counseling, room, and board, but deny claims for laundry and transportation services. Many treatment programs are knowledgeable about what charges are covered by insurance plans and what services are not.

New Hope Ranch works with most major insurance companies. We work with clients to ensure that they can receive the substance abuse treatment they need. To find out if your health insurance plan is accepted at New Hope Ranch, call (512) 534-9440. You can learn more about what makes our program unique.

The Gift of Desperation

The Gift of Desperation

I woke alone in a dimly lit bathroom surprised to be alive. As I stood and gazed into the mirror I saw a shadow of myself. Who was this stranger looking back? A criminal. An addict. An addiction. A Junkie. I had even failed to kill myself the night before in this very room – I couldn’t do anything right.

In many ways I do not fit the stereotype of a heroin addict – maybe few do in the beginning. Maybe we become the stereotype as we follow that dark, dead end path. Afterall, I was raised in a upper middle class family. My father is a successful lawyer and my mother a school teacher. My home was not broken, and my parents have been married for over 35 years. I went to the best private schools. I had been a great student with many friends. My childhood was in a lot of ways a fairytale compared to others.

Addiction doesn’t care about any of that.

My parents sent me to rehab each time hoping that this time it would stick and I would stay clean. That I would be “fixed.” But I wasn’t ready. I did not yet truly want to be sober. I could not fathom a fulfilled and sober life. Afterall, I was young and partying was not only expected, but a rite of passage. Maybe it went too far a time or two, but I wasn’t that person. I wasn’t the junkie you see on TV. I was still a good person –  I still had friends. I was even a college graduate.

Addiction doesn’t care about any of that.

I still had a roof over my head. I had a job. My parents bailed me out when I really needed them to. Sometimes with some money to keep me afloat. Sometimes they literally bailed me out of jail. I may have continued to occupy this gray mist somewhere between life and death if not having been forced into a reckoning with my life and my choices. Mine took the form of a really bad car accident. I injured an innocent family while driving high on heroin. The pain my actions caused that day went from being an emotional toll to a physical one. I hurt people. Except:

Addiction doesn’t care about any of that.

I was using again the next day. And now I was confronted with the reality that I could not stop even given the dire consequences of my addiction. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that, but I knew that I needed the heroin and that I could not face the day without it. My family decided they had had enough. They were instructed by a counselor to severe ties, and with the help of their support group mustered up the courage to cut me out of their lives and no longer be my enablers. Gone was the financial help. Gone was the roof over my head. If I wanted to be a part of the family – my family – I had to seek out help on my own, and I had to stay clean on my own. However:

Addiction doesn’t care about any of that.

I was angry. I felt abandoned. Through some tortured mental gymnastics I decided that I was the victim. Who were they to abandon their son? So I told them I didn’t need them. I told them to get lost – and in the process convinced myself that this was my decision, not theirs. But as time went on and the gravity and despair of the loneliness of the life I had chosen for myself came into stark focus, I decided that I did not want to use any more. Unfortunately:

Addiction doesn’t care about any of that.

My family was important to me –  it was how I was raised. But despite that, I could not stop. I felt like discarded trash and I believed that’s what I was. At some point, little by little, balloon by balloon, day by day, I had compromised and discarded everything about myself until I became that stereotype. I didn’t want this. I tried to quit. I went to rehab and tried to stay sober. Sadly:

Addiction just doesn’t care.

I couldn’t manage it. I couldn’t control this thing that I had unleashed. I couldn’t control my life or my actions, and in the process I no longer was able to recognize myself. More than anything a desire to end this cycle I had fallen into began to take hold. I was committed to ending my life as an addict. I was committed to ending my life.

I decided to intentionally overdose and so  I loaded up a giant shot, a grand finale. The final act in a tragic and pathetic play. And so then I stepped off the ledge and into oblivion. Suprisingly:

The next day I woke up.

Back now to that dimly lit bathroom. There I found myself alive against all odds. As I stood there staring into my reflection I hoped to find there some spark of a soul – maybe even just a flicker. I could hardly stand to look at myself. I felt confused that I was not dead. I should have been dead. I felt disappointment, I felt relief. I thought about making another attempt and within that thought something else occurred to me, I thought to myself:

Do I really want to die?

I found the answer in that mirror. I knew that I wanted to live. I dimly understood that the attempt at suicide was evidence that I cared enough not allow myself to become any more of the thing that I had become. Suicide was the only path I believed I had enough control left within myself to carry through. Only somehow I didn’t die. It was an act of desperation but it was not a solution to my problem. I wanted to live, not only to exist in limbo. I wanted my family back. I wanted to be a complete person again. I wanted to be successful. And in that moment of failure, shame and helplessness – I surrendered any illusion that I was in control of anything. I was not in control of my life and not even in control of my death. In that low, dark, sad place I finally hit my rock bottom.

I asked my family for help, and this time with no motive beyond my own recovery. I made the decision I was going to do whatever was  asked of me, whatever my family asked, whatever the counselors asked. For now, the decision that I wanted to be somebody was the only one that was important and so I let that be my compass.


There is no stereotype for addiction. Addiction doesn’t care about stereotypes. Death is an equal opportunity destroyer. Despair knows no social class and is blind to wealth and privilege. Whether you come from a good family and had advantages others did not, or whether you come from nothing, and nothing is all you’ve ever known: In that moment at the bottom we are all equal and there is no such thing as advantage. In that moment at the bottom when we choose life we are all broken and alone. Helpless and hopeless.

The way out:

I had believed back then that my family had given me the gift of desperation. Desperation saved my life. It allowed me to make that decision to help myself. However, the desperation was inside me all along. In the end it was I who made the choice. All I had to do was reach out and ask for help. I was ready. I was willing then to do anything, and no matter how difficult the path it couldn’t possibly be more difficult than the one I was on.

The acceptance of our utter lack of control over our addiction is the first real step forward we all take as an addict.

Take back your life:

The next step is to ask for help. We will be that help.

(512) 534 – 9440

Please reach out. It’s never too late, it’s never too hard.

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