When you seek help for your long-term drug or alcohol abuse, what type of therapies and programs do you need? You need the basics of detox, residential rehab, individual counseling, and group therapy. However, behavioral therapies provide an even better potential for long-term recovery. These include CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing.
CBT takes place in individual sessions over a limited period of time. DBT also takes place in one-on-one sessions but adds group therapy to the mix. In group DBT, you learn how to effectively relate to others, accept reality or feelings of distress, regulate your emotions and remain mindful. These therapies often accompany motivational interviewing, another behavioral therapy.
Motivational interviewing takes you from uncertainty in your life to making the right decisions toward set goals. In other words, you stop sitting still in your life and start moving forward in positive ways. This type of therapy helps people in rehab today, just as it has for over 30 years.
At some point in their lives, many people find themselves stuck in a rut. Additionally, some feel comfort in not going forward. This is common in addiction. However, motivational interviewing also treats other mental illnesses that often accompany substance abuse, including depression, anxiety, or gambling problems.
In this drug and alcohol rehab therapy, your therapist works with you to spark your own progress. This method leads you to change on your own terms, instead of being forced. Along the way, you explore how you feel about the changes in your life, through sessions with your therapist. Your therapist in motivational interviewing supports you and allows you to make your own choices and decisions.
The best parts of this therapy are your own growing desire for positive change in your life and the trust you build with your therapist. Your therapist listens to you, maybe being the first person to do so for a very long time. This helps you want to improve your life and gets you excited about the process. You see yourself reach early goals and this pushes you forward to achieve more.