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.

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