How Therapeutic Treatment Benefits the Recovery Process
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Substance addiction has the power to take control of every aspect of life; not only does it affect physical health and require an extensive detoxification process to fully recover from it, but it affects mental health and depends upon therapeutic treatments in order to regain control of behaviors and live free from its power. Therapeutic treatments benefit the recovery process by providing insight into the causes and triggers of addiction.
The Mental Chains of Addiction
Almost everyone knows that substance addiction causes detrimental effects to physical health, such as:
- Sleeping problems
- Decrease in sexual functioning
- Liver or kidney damage
- Infectious diseases
- Brain damage due to lack of oxygen
- Bacterial infections
- Decreased dental health marked by damaged teeth and gum swelling
- Excoriated skin from scratching
- Severe constipation
- Increased susceptibility to disease from diminished immune system
- Weakness and sedation
- Poor appetite and malnutrition
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Slowed respiration and heart rate
- Light sensitivity
- Constricted pupils
- Lower than normal body temperature
While these effects are harmful and can may lead to death, there are other effects that take place that can lead to symptoms of depression or anxiety and suicidal thoughts which will also lead to death.
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The mental effects of substance addiction include hallucinations, memory problems, a decline of cognitive functioning, anxiety, depression, social isolation and suicidal thoughts. When someone develops anxiety, they experience feelings of fear almost all of the time. They are also afraid to leave home, of social situations and things that they cannot control. Anxiety causes the heart to beat excessively and may lead to heart problems, such as heart attacks. Those who suffer from depression feel sad and lonely most of the time. They have difficulty thinking and concentrating, experience perpetual aches and pains and often think of suicide.
When substance addiction leads to mental health problems, it is extremely important to seek help from a facility that offers therapeutic treatments.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Treatment
When addiction takes over the mental health of the body, the only way to successfully treat and recover from it is to immerse oneself into therapeutic treatments. Recovery Programs offer therapeutic treatments such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Brief Strategic Family Therapy
- Psychoeducational Groups
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective therapies for addiction. It is designed for patients to be able to recognize their maladaptive behaviors in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. Medical professionals, including therapists and psychiatrists, work with each patient to help them learn how to focus on positive events and occurrences in their lives instead of on the negative. By ignoring negative thoughts, confidence and self-esteem are significantly increased.
Solution focused brief therapy teaches patients how to create solutions for every type of situation; while the medical professionals cannot prepare the patients for every situation, they can show them the tricks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep composure during stressful situations.
The brief strategic family therapy is designed for patients and their families to come together in a therapy session in order for therapists to determine how the family may have played a role in the addiction. Medical professionals are also able to educate the families on addiction; how it is caused, what it effects, the process of the therapeutic treatments and how to support their loved one during and after treatment. This therapy helps rebuild broken relationships and creates a large network of support for recovering patients.
The psychoeducational groups are therapy sessions designed to provide insight, tools, tips and experience. Recovering patients will gain a better understanding on what they are going through and what to expect for years to come. During the psychoeducational groups, patients learn positive and practical emotional and behavioral skills.
Mindfulness is an adaptation of Cognitive Behavioral therapy; it is designed to help patients understand what their condition is in order for them to learn new skills that will help them combat their addictive behaviors.
Therapeutic treatments are a very effective way to achieve and maintain a successful recovery.