Faith-Based Drug Treatment Counseling and Addiction Rehab Therapy


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    Drug Treatment and Addiction Counseling Evidence-Based Practices

    Although detox is a vital component of drug treatment because it helps patients handle withdrawal and ease cravings, it does nothing to address the factors that led to drug abuse in the first place.  Drug addiction counseling therapy is an important component of effective treatment of drug or alcohol addiction.

    Effective drug addiction treatment for individuals recovering from drug or alcohol addiction requires personalized treatments that address the symptoms and underlying causes of the disease and the consequences that substance use has impacted different areas of a person’s life.  This includes their ability to socialize and develop supportive, healthy relationships, address physical needs and mental health difficulties, and address any consequences at work, home, school, or with the authorities.  Counseling and therapy for alcohol or drug addiction help individuals understand what causes addiction, learn to recognize risk factors for relapse, develop tools for coping with stressful situations, improve emotional regulation, and improve interpersonal relationships.

    Addiction rehab treatment commonly includes a combination of group and individual counseling therapy sessions that focus on teaching those in recovery the skills needed to get and stay sober and navigate various situations without turning to drugs or alcohol.  Behavioral therapy is perhaps the most commonly utilized and evidence-based type of treatment for addiction that is frequently used during alcohol or drug rehabilitation.  These behavioral therapies include:

    A Christian and Faith-based Approach to Treat Addiction

    Finding or reconnecting with God is an important part of your life, but it’s also proven to aid in recovery. Faith, reconciliation with God, and to yourself is a proven means of recovering. In fact, most individuals seeking out treatment approach treatment more positively and with more motivation when faith is involved.  Other studies show that Christian-based recovery actively helps individuals to stay on track. Persons who identify as highly spiritual are considerably more likely to stay in a program, to be clean after 5 years, and more likely to self-direct in creating and building on sobriety in their own lives.  Even if you are not very spiritual, integrating religion and spiritual support into recovery provides a strong framework for social support, social accountability, accountability to God, and actively improve the quality of life for individuals who undergo treatment. These factors remain the key to the massive success of the world’s most popular self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous, which typically uses a Christian-centric 12-Step methodology.

    Our faith-based approach to counseling and therapy utilizing evidence-based practices for addiction helps individuals understand what causes addiction, learn to recognize risk factors for relapse and develop tools for coping with stressful situations, improve emotional regulation, and improve interpersonal relationships.   Common techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, and twelve-step facilitation.  The roots of many of these counseling theories can be found in the scriptures of the Bible.  We incorporate Spirituality, and God in the delivery of our faith-based approach to treating addiction.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is the most widely tested and empirically validated evidence-based counseling theory for treating substance use disorders.  CBT  focuses on learning to reduce problematic behavior associated with substance abuse.  A key theme in CBT is anticipating high-risk situations and applying coping strategies, such as avoidance or self-control, to prevent relapse.  Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all connected, and CBT focuses on identifying and correcting negative core beliefs and dysfunctional thinking patterns which contribute to negative emotions and dysfunctional behaviors.

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is used to treat several mental illnesses in addition to substance abuse and addiction.  DBT was initially developed to treat patients with borderline personality disorder and suicidal thoughts. One of the core goals of DBT is to help patients build the confidence and coping abilities to handle stressful situations effectively.

    Patients who have a mental illness, such as those prone to intense emotional outbursts, are more likely to engage in substance abuse as a form of self-medication. Drug addiction rehab treatment centers are increasingly utilizing DBT in their treatment programs.   Some of the core functions of DBT include a heavy focus on skill development for distress management, emotional regulation, improving communication skills, coping skills, and self-image.

    Contingency Management

    Contingency management is a unique form of cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Contingency management is an addiction treatment approach that rewards clients for positive behaviors.  Contingency management therapy has shown effectiveness in treating drug and alcohol abuse, improving rehab attendance, and helping people achieve treatment goals.  The conceptual framework is modeled after operant conditioning, a learning process through which rewards help to modify a person’s behaviors.

    Through contingency management, also known as motivational incentives, individuals receive rewards for reaching substance abuse treatment milestones such as passing a drug test or attending counseling. Rewards may include vouchers for retail goods or opportunities to win cash prizes.  This type of therapy also involves withholding rewards from individuals who fail to adhere to their treatment plan. Clients who fail a drug or alcohol test, violate parole, or fail to follow program rules could be punished for their actions.

    Motivational Enhancement Therapy

    Motivational Enhancement Therapy or Motivational interviewing is a method of addiction counseling that focuses on the client. This is a goal-oriented addiction treatment that emphasizes results and seeks to help alcoholics clear the hurdle of ambivalence.  The entire motivational interviewing process focuses on the desire to change within the client. This desire is not pushed on them by the counselor. Instead, this desire is developed by establishing rapport with the client and encouraging them to consider the consequences of their addictive behavior. When successful, motivational interviewing helps alcoholics find it within themselves to take life in a new and healthier direction.

    Motivational interviewing works by helping those with addictions and substance use disorders to strengthen their motivation and commitment to sobriety. Lack of motivation hamstrings many people who combat addiction as the idea of living without alcohol or drugs can be daunting. Even though addiction and substance use typically causes negative consequences like health issues, financial troubles, and legal consequences, many people struggle to give up the addiction. Motivational interviewing provides a foundation to help people overcome the mental obstacles associated with quitting drugs or alcohol, presenting sobriety as an attainable and desirable goal. This helps patients feel more motivated to get sober.

    Twelve-step Facilitation Therapy

    Twelve-step facilitation therapy is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with and actively involved in 12-step self-help groups, thereby promoting abstinence. Three key ideas predominate (1) acceptance, which includes the realization that drug addiction is a chronic, progressive disease over which one has no control, that life has become unmanageable because of drugs, that willpower alone is insufficient to overcome the problem, and that abstinence is the only alternative; (2) surrender, which involves giving oneself over to a higher power, accepting the fellowship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and following the recovery activities laid out by the 12-step program; and (3) active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities. While the efficacy of 12-step programs (and 12-step facilitation) in treating alcohol dependence has been established, the research on its usefulness for other forms of substance abuse is more preliminary. Still, the treatment appears promising for helping drug abusers sustain recovery.

    Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)

    Relapse Prevention Therapy, or RPT, is a therapy that was originally designed as a maintenance program for use following the treatment of addictive behaviors. Still, it can also be used as a stand-alone treatment program.  RPT is a behavioral self-control program designed to teach individuals who are trying to maintain changes in their behavior to anticipate and cope with the problem of relapse. Relapse refers to a breakdown or failure in a person’s attempt to maintain change in any set of behaviors.  Like other cognitive-behavioral therapies, RPT combines behavioral and cognitive interventions in an overall approach that emphasizes self-management and rejects labeling clients with traits like “alcoholic” or “drug addict.”  Relapse prevention therapy can teach someone the warning signs that can indicate a possible upcoming relapse and develop strategies in these situations to prevent the relapse.

    Other Important Addiction Recovery Topics

    PUSH for Recovery provides addiction counseling within outpatient, partial hospitalization program (PHP), and intensive outpatient program (IOP) for alcohol addiction and drug addiction.  In addition to the above drug addiction counseling therapies, the treatment services from PUSH for Recovery alco include the following important addiction recovery topics:


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