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Why the Best Treatment Programs Offer Experiential Therapy

The Benefits of Nontraditional Therapeutic Modalities

When those struggling with addiction finally make the courageous decision decision to seek help from a rehab program, choosing which one will best suit their needs can be quite a daunting task. Most programs offer more than one type of treatment modalities and must include multiple detoxification options as well as therapeutic modalities.

The Benefits of Experiential Therapies

Experiential therapies are a little bit different than traditional therapies, in that they are not based upon one-on-one therapy sessions with a therapist. They usually take place outdoors or in group settings with some sort of activity. The most common experiential therapies include:

  • Family
  • Group
  • Neurofeedback
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

Recovery programs understand that substance addiction and mental health disorders cause detrimental effects on both the addict and their loved ones, which is why the experiential therapies include family therapy. Family therapy is the most effective therapy behind the traditional Cognitive Behavioral therapy. By including the family, medical professionals can gain further insight into each patient’s health history and family background.

A lot of people are unaware that family and loved ones may have been one of the causes of addiction; therefore, board-certified therapists educate the families about addiction; what it is, what it does, how it starts, who it affects, when to seek help, how to seek help and how effective treatment can be. The family therapy provides all the important information necessary to help the families understand addiction and how to support their loved one through the difficult process of recovery.


During the family therapy, families are also able to mend broken relationships that may have occurred while patients were still addicts. It is incredible how often patients successfully recover because they have their family around to support them. Support is the most important thing they can have during and after your treatment.


Because support is so important, experiential therapies include group therapy. Attending a group session will allow patients to meet other recovering patients and have people around them who understand exactly what they are going through.




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During group therapy, patients do not have to share but it is definitely encouraged. Studies show that when patients share their experiences, they can give insight, advice and tips to other patients; they are able to learn from each other and know that they are not alone. As mentioned above, having a support group and people who love and understand around during and after treatment is very important; it will significantly increase their chance of a successful recovery.


Another therapy that will help recovery is neurofeedback, which is the measuring of brain waves. Brain waves are measured to determine thought patterns, which are then assessed in order to craft a more unique program for each patient’s needs. Through neurofeedback, medical professionals can find the best ways to change thought patterns and replace them with positive ones. Neurofeedback can also help locate neural irregularities which cause mental health disorders.


Meditation and mindfulness are a great tool to focus the mind and relax. They both reduce stress, anxiety, tension and anger.


All therapies are designed to focus the mind and body on positive thoughts and behaviors. Patients are able to recognize their triggers and replace them with positive coping mechanisms. Medical professionals will teach patients how to take control of their behaviors and actions as well as their entire lives. Do not let addiction or mental health disorders overpower life; recovery programs that provide experiential therapies can help patients achieve a successful recovery and regain control of their lives. 


Additionally, the body will become used to the initial effects of the substance that, overtime, it will need more and more in order to feel anything. When the body needs more, the risk of an overdose is significantly increased. In order to completely restore the body back to normal, the body and brain will need to undergo an extensive detoxification (detox).


All drug addiction treatment programs begin with a thorough detox process, which is the safe removal of all toxic substances from the body. During this process, patients will experience symptoms of withdrawal that will be uncomfortable and sometimes, unbearable. Most people do not realize the toll addiction takes on the body; necessary vitamins and minerals are depleted from the body. Nutritional support is extremely necessary in order to restore the body back to a normal, functioning state.


Following the detox process, patients participate in a series of therapeutic modalities that are designed to teach them how to regain control of their lives. The therapeutic modalities are a combination of traditional and experiential therapies. Therapies, such as cognitive behavioral and brief strategic family therapy, allow patients to recognize their maladaptive behaviors in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. The family therapy is very important because it rebuilds relationships that have been broken because of the stress of addiction. What most people do not realize is that often times, family and loved ones may be a certain factor in developing an addictive personality; therefore, it is extremely important to include them in the therapeutic process. Families learn how they may have contributed to addiction, what they can do to help their loved one through the drug addiction treatment and how they can support their loved one after they complete a successful drug addiction treatment program.


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