Addiction is about one of the hardest things to get over. Modern treatment techniques make your addiction recovery just that little bit easier now though. Our location in McKinney offers group therapy, marital counseling, life coaching, and many other styles that take advantage of new methods to help those struggling with substance abuse or sex addiction. Modern techniques include: cognitive behavior, solution-focused, and play therapies.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to Treat Addiction
The main idea of cognitive behavioral therapy is that your thoughts, not events around you, influence the way you behave. In other words, you behave based on your perception of the situation around you, not the situation itself.
There are three major steps in CBT: identifying your harmful thoughts, challenging those thoughts, and replacing them.
For example: you are addicted to a substance and a friend invites you to a join in.
- Thought #1: That sounds fun! I’ll have just a little.
- Thought #2: Wait, do I really want to do this?
- Thought #3: Ew, gross.
How you react depends on your individual beliefs, expectations and values. McKinney group therapy and counseling services work with you to identify, challenge and replace.
Solution-Based Therapy to Prevent Addictive Behavior
The central tenant of solution-based therapy is to look forward. By focusing on the future, you are asked to imagine what you want to achieve, rather than focusing on what you have done wrong in the past.
Like CBT, solution-based therapy starts with the individual identifying and owning his/her own skills and attributes. North Dallas McKinney therapists ask you to pick out times in your life that most closely match where you want to be in the future. This enables our clients to focus on their successful choices and behaviors and move towards implementing them in their addiction recovery.
Play Therapy to Control Addiction
While generally applied to minors, this type of therapy is exactly how it sounds. Through play, clients learn to control their desires that represent the foundations of most addictions.
One common game is drama, in which the client through role-play, storytelling, or improvisation with their therapist improves cognitive functioning, appropriate behaviors, sense of self-worth, and personal growth. Many of these drama activities will include themes of addiction and practice real-life situations, such as refusing drugs and envisioning themselves as sober.
Play therapy can be used both as a tool of treatment, and one of diagnosis – through observing a client’s behavior with games, a therapist observes the patterns and objects of play to reach a conclusion.
Your Personal Route to Addiction Recovery
Every individual is different and everyone’s road to recovery is different as well. Counselors in North Dallas will work with you to find the type of treatment that is effective for you. Before you come in, do a bit of research and come in with questions. We look forward to partnering with you to create your unique addiction recovery program!