Addiction therapy services offer myriad efficient strategies and measures to treat patients. One in 5 U.S. adults have a mental health condition. Finding mental health care in Illinois can be challenging, particularly in rural areas. 95% of mental health providers working in rural areas feel they can’t meet the needs of their patients. Over 90% of the nation’s psychiatrists practice in urban or suburban areas, with roughly 60% of all rural counties lacking even one practicing psychiatrist. 

In Illinois, nearly 80% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018. With so many people struggling with addiction, the need for addiction therapy services has never been so obvious. Roughly 3.21% of adults in Illinois live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. In fact, 44.6% of adults with mental illness in Illinois receive any form of treatment from either the public system or private providers.

Why Are Addiction Therapy Services Integral Toward Recovery?

Addiction therapy services are integral toward recovery because addiction is a complex disease. Considering how the reward centers of the brain are manipulated by substances and behaviors, addiction therapy services aim to rewrite these pathways in order for long-lasting change. The stressors of life and triggering circumstances can invade your mind, causing more complications.

Addiction therapy services such as counseling can enable discoveries about yourself and ways to integrate healthy coping skills. Many recovering individuals struggle to maintain motivation after an initial detox. The physical and mental strain of the withdrawal symptoms and malnourishment can affect a person’s recovery. 

After treatment, a recovering individual must be prepared to deal with the challenges ahead. Addiction therapy services can guide you through these challenges. Psychotherapy is a main staple of addiction recovery services. There is no single cure for addiction; however, it is treatable. With a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and support system, your chances of recovery significantly improve.

Primary Addiction Therapy Services

You participate in many kinds of addiction therapy services during rehab, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Dual Diagnosis Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Peer Support

Our addiction treatment staff layer these therapies in rehab so that you get a deep well of methods, strategies, and tactics for changing your life as well as maintaining your recovery. Psychotherapy plays a significant role in the development of your addiction recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

addiction therapy servicesCognitive behavioral therapy is an efficient resource for behavioral changes. CBT is a commonly integrated practice into addiction recovery services. CBT is recognized for its emphasis on the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  CBT can help patients identify these negative, automatic patterns in an attempt to rewire their behaviors for the long-term. 

A recovering individual will be guided through their triggers, initiated by these techniques:

  • Recognize – Identifying which circumstances or situations that trigger substance use
  • Avoid – Removing yourself from trigger situations
  • Cope – Practicing CBT techniques to address and alleviate feelings that lead to substance use

In fact, CBT techniques can be practiced outside of the therapeutic setting. A recovering individual may be assigned homework to integrate into their daily life. This can include thought records, image based exposure, and behavioral experiments. CBT is quite hands-on and practical for maintaining healthy alternatives.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Despite its origins to treat borderline personality disorder and suicidal thoughts, dialectical behavior therapy has been used to treat individuals with substance use disorders. DBT has steadily become a staple in treating recovering individuals. Considering how people rely on substances to self-medicate, these impulsive behaviors can be changed through DBT. 

DBT can incorporate:

  • Phone coaching
  • Individual therapy
  • Skills training
  • Team consultations

Similar to CBT, DBT emphasizes learning new skills and embracing mindfulness to channel emotional regulation. DBT encourages patients to discover healthy environments and support groups. Additionally, DBT enhances the patient’s motivation for themselves to change through self-esteem. DBT can improve efficiency when paired with other forms of therapy such as motivational enhancement therapy.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a thorough and intimate way to uncover the causes of your mental health symptoms. Individual therapy is conducted on a one-on-one basis, through a mental health professional such as a counselor, psychiatrist, or social worker. It can be uncomfortable to address these traumatic memories/experiences, emotions and intense feelings in a group or family setting. 

A mental health professional is not allowed to disclose any identifying information about the client, with the exception of:

  • A patient is in imminent danger of self-harm
  • A patient likely to harm someone else
  • A patient who cannot take care of their basic needs
  • A court order

A typical individual therapy session is roughly 50 minutes to an hour. A session can occur on a weekly, monthly, or as needed basis. Setting goals is a primary function of individual therapy. 

Attaining sobriety and mental clarity demands your hard work and determination. Therapeutic approaches such as motivational interviewing can be beneficial to those with a desire to understand the depth of their goals. The credentials of the therapist should be a priority.

Group Therapy

Group therapy can be a wonderful method to share and connect with other like-minded individuals. Addiction can cause you to believe that you’re alone in your journey for change. Group therapy is a common feature in addiction treatment. Addiction can be an isolating experience and group therapy offers a chance to improve your communication skills.

Group therapy can be broken down into four categories:

  • Psychoeducational Groups
  • Skills Development Groups
  • Cognitive Behavioral Groups
  • Support Groups

Many individuals in recovery may lack the social and personal development skills. They could have relied on substances or behaviors to cope with life’s stressors. Group therapy can provide insights from others who are further along in their recovery. Crafting a support system is necessary for life-long recovery.

Family Therapy

Family therapy allows you and your loved ones to begin healing the damage in your relationships. Addiction is often recognized as a family disease. In fact, your home environment and genetics play a role in the risk factors of addiction. Families affected by substance abuse can be torn between the intense feelings of fear and disappointment. 

Finding the opportunity to share intimate experiences with your loved ones can help bridge the disconnect from addiction. The roles family members play in addiction can vary, however, codependency is an element to look out for. Your counselor will determine the best medium to address your concerns and how each relationship with family members impacts your experience.

The practices in family therapy include:

  • Journaling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Role playing
  • Communication techniques and family dynamic restructuring
  • Written letters to self

Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Dual diagnosis programs offer help for those struggling with both addiction and mental health conditions. Sadly, a lot of addictions get their start as people try to self-medicate a mental health condition. For example, those with anxiety disorders often use depressants or alcohol to reduce their anxiety. Unfortunately, they develop a dependence on depressants and alcohol.

Dual diagnosis programs largely treat addiction and mental health conditions separately. This allows both you and the treatment staff to remain focused on one thing at a time. Treating both disorders is crucial as an attempt to prevent recurring relapse. 

Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention helps you learn about methods for avoiding slips and relapses. After an evaluation, you and your counselor will craft a set of guidelines for your practice when triggers appear. Relapse is a frustrating component of addiction recovery, with 40-60% of recovering individuals experiencing a lapse at least once. 

A relapse prevention plan could outline specific scenarios and phrases to use in the event of substance use. A relapse prevention plan can be modified and reevaluated to meet your demands. Relapse prevention plans are practical methods to motivate change and hold yourself accountable. 

Peer Support

Rehab programs usually integrate some form of peer support, such as 12-step programs, into the treatment. This integration introduces you to the concepts of the peer support system, which you’ll need once you leave rehab. The 12-Step Program has been widely used as a guideline for maintaining sobriety. For example, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) implements the 12-Step program, with a focus on relying on a higher power to channel your recovery.

This multi-therapy approach serves several important functions. Individual therapy and CBT let you dig into the causes of your addiction and develop strategies for changing your behaviors. Support groups present a window of opportunity to connect with the recovery community. You may be surprised by the amount of insights from your peers.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy has become a promising feature of addiction recovery services. It can help bring interconnectedness between a person’s mind, body, and even spirituality. Yoga employs the practices of still poses, breathwork, and mindfulness. This practice is known to ease symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Yoga therapy is versatile, either through individual or group sessions. Yoga has ancient origins in India before becoming widespread throughout the world in the late 1800s. Yoga can guide recovering patients through their physical health symptoms, especially if they’ve suffered from chronic pain. Chronic pain can result in substance use.

Another benefit of yoga therapy is the practicality; a nice, calm environment is best suited. The physical and mental toll of addiction can leave a recovering individual within a limbo. Yoga therapy can be adjusted to suit your difficulty level.

Initial Addiction Therapy Services

Before entering into primary addiction therapy services, such as outpatient rehab, many people need the initial addiction therapy services of a detox program. Detox programs help you with withdrawal management. 

Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to intense and may include:

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Muscle Aches
  • Intense cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

While these symptoms will make you deeply uncomfortable, they aren’t dangerous on their own. The real challenge with these withdrawal symptoms is that they make people relapse during unmonitored, at-home attempts at detox. People then start using again just to put a stop to the withdrawal symptoms.

A detox program can use medications that help limit the intensity of your withdrawal symptoms. That helps prevent a relapse where a person just wants to escape those symptoms.

For alcohol and benzodiazepines, however, attempting unmonitored, at-home detox is dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can cause delirium tremens, which can lead to seizures or death. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can also lead to fatal grand mal seizures. The substance abuse treatment programs Northern Illinois Recovery Center employs use prescription medications to prevent these fatal outcomes.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Unlike most drug dependencies, opioid addiction doesn’t respond well to the traditional treatment model of detox-rehab-peer support groups. The relapse rate is very high, and the overdose crisis from opioids is well-documented in the news.

Medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone provide an alternative that has shown excellent results. In essence, these medications let someone with opioid dependence feel normal without giving them the euphoria of an opioid high. In most cases, medication-assisted treatment begins during detox and doctors monitor the patient’s doses during and after rehab.

Discover Treatment at Northern Illinois Recovery Center

Northern Illinois Recovery, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, provides addiction therapy services for Chicago suburb residents. Drug or alcohol addiction can take a horrific toll on your family relationships, health, as well as your professional life. Getting help in a quality drug rehab program can help you put an end to all of that damage your addiction causes. Contact Northern Illinois Recovery today to learn what we can do to help.