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Drug Addiction TherapyWe offer many types of drug addiction therapy during our inpatient addiction treatment programs, a “total” recovery process.  In order to achieve the best success in treating and recovering from addiction, we treat the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.  As each client enters our centers, they are offered a custom, individually tailored treatment and addiction therapy program designed to treat the type of addiction, respect and incorporate their beliefs, and provide the tools they need to overcome and thrive in an addiction-free future.

Whole Body Individual Drug Addiction Therapy


First and foremost, the body must be cleansed of the substance and toxins of the addiction.  This is typically done through a detox program, but the main idea or concept is to separate the client from whatever they are addicted to.  Substances such as alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, or even television or internet can all become an addiction, and removing this temptation will be an integral part of their overall successful recovery.


The mind plays a very significant part in an addiction, as well as in the recovery process.  One major part of treating addiction is breaking the mental barrier in the client’s mind through self-discovery, helping them realize and accept that they do indeed have a problem and teach them how to confront it.  This is done through counseling and drug addiction therapy sessions.

Cognitive Spirit

We acknowledge that each person is an individual (spirit), different and unique.  We do everything we can to respect that and their individual beliefs.  Addiction clearly has no prejudice, therefore, addiction treatment shouldn’t either.  There are many individual therapy treatment options available that allow the client to draw strength through their spiritual beliefs during treatment.

Group Therapy

Addiction is a serious problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 23 million people, or 9% of the population, over 12 years old need treatment for drug or alcohol problems each year.

Fortunately, however, there are effective treatments today. The Institute goes on to say that research in the 1970s has resulted in therapies that can help people resume their lives. These therapies are readily available, continue for the necessary amount of time, and address multiple needs of the individual, rather than just the substance abuse. One of the most effective of these treatments is group therapy.

Most drug addiction therapy programs make sure to include both individual therapy and group therapy in their philosophy of treatment. Individual therapy helps people deal with personal issues that may cause their addictive behaviors. Addressing these issues is not always appropriate in a group setting. One-on-one counseling may require a patient and gentle confrontation that’s best done between just the individual and the therapist.

However, goals may be achieved in a group session which individual therapy cannot reach on its own. Drug or alcohol addiction almost always leads a person into isolation, and isolation from a healthy community brings its own mental health problems. Substance-addicted persons are living an existence that’s detached from positive relationships. Involving them in a group will help them renew social connections, and, in doing that, address several important issues.

In fact, clinical studies bear out that group therapy sessions are as effective as individual therapy in promoting long-term addiction recovery. In a 1997 study by the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 167 men took part in various group therapies. Of that number, 144, or 86%, self-reported abstaining from drug use, and that was verified by negative tests. Test results were also negative for 93% who self-reported abstaining from tranquilizer use, and 100% for those who reported abstaining from amphetamine use.

Group therapy modalities vary. Some of the most common are the support group, which provides members with needed emotional support, and the psychoeducational group, which is a non-threatening format for learning about addiction and attendant mental health concerns. The skills development group helps members learn coping skills needed for healthy interpersonal relationships. The cognitive behavior group focuses on analyzing problems and employing workable solutions.

Group therapy, also known as peer group therapy, adds several important elements to the recovery process. It addresses many problems that prevent addicted persons from giving up the use of drugs and leading normal lives.

  1. Removes Isolation. Peer group therapy removes the sense of isolation associated with addiction, so that the person is no longer in a “user vs. non-user” frame of mind. Persons battling addiction may need some practice learning how to relate to others in healthy ways, and the group creates a supportive community where walls of social isolation can be torn down. Peer group therapy provides the opportunity to practice social skills in a 100 percent supportive setting.
  2. Explores Causes of Addiction. Peer group therapy provides recovering addicts with opportunities to learn about the causes of addictions in a non-threatening environment. Each member can explore his or her past and how experiences contributed to the addictive behavior. The members can also encourage each other to avoid destructive or unproductive behaviors. They can help each other to realize that they are responsible for their own actions.
  3. Offers A Chance For Catharsis. Addicted persons often carry a great load of pain and stress, and group therapy provides a chance to express these in a supportive environment. This can be a great relief, and others in the group can relate to members’ experiences. They may also feel more free to speak themselves.
  4. Promotes Empathy. The addicted person is often ill-equipped to practice empathy–the ability to put oneself in another person’s shoes and see things from another’s perspective. Within the group, the person recovering from addiction can begin to become aware of how other people view things. He/she may also be on the receiving end of empathy for the first time in a long while.
  5. Promotes A Sense Of Belonging. Peer group therapy puts the addicted person in a setting with others who are traveling a very similar path. They can all share pertinent advice and the benefits of personal experience. They can find opportunities to help each other, and that increases the self-esteem of the helpers. Peer group therapy also allows the person to watch first-hand as others reach milestones of recovery. Observing this recovery in others builds hope that they can achieve the same. Having a common goal provides a feeling that “we’re all in this together.”

Group therapies have become an integral part of drug addiction therapy programs, and with good cause. The benefits of positively-directed community support are nearly inseparable from effective drug rehab treatment. Avenues for developing key social skills and communities of emotional support are provided by people all working toward a common goal: creating a positive life free from harmful dependencies.

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