When an alcoholic finally accepts that they have a drinking problem, the next logical step is taking them to a rehab facility where a customized treatment regimen is designed for them. One of the most popular treatment regimens for alcoholism is counseling otherwise referred to as psychotherapy.
Different rehab centers have different approaches to handling the alcoholism patients however, some similarities exist in their approaches.
Here are the six main therapies used to treat alcoholism.
#1 The individual therapy
For treatment to be effective, it has to be tailor made for the individual patient and this is where the individual form of therapy comes in handy. It is always an opportunity for a councilor to intimately understand what the patient is going through, identify the triggers and learn more about the problem so that he/she can devise the best course of action.
#2 The group therapy
In addition to the individual therapy session, most rehab programs will include a group therapy session. Here, the counselor will put his/her patients suffering from similar problems in a group setting where they can then have an open conversation as the counselor moderates. The opportunity to share experiences and learn as well as encourage each other is very beneficial to patients in recovery.
#3 The cognitive behavioral therapy
The cognitive behavioral therapy is probably the most common psychotherapy administered to alcoholics at rehab facilities. The idea behind this is for the counselor to help the patients in recovery to attain a deep appreciation of their motivations as well as their emotions. The ultimate goal is to assist the patient understand their thought process with the intention of effecting behavior change through getting rid of unbeneficial thoughts.
#4 The dialectical behavior therapy
The dialectical behavior therapy is similar to the cognitive behavioral therapy however, this form of therapy aims at helping the patients in recovery to build better coping mechanisms. It seeks to examine and change the way the patient reacts to their thoughts, which is often an emotionally driven reaction.
#5 Alternative therapies
Today, different rehab facilities are formulating their own homegrown treatment regiments. For instance, art and experiential therapies which are offered at select rehab facilities are becoming increasingly popular. They are both forms of treatment that are focused on physical activity meant to engage the patient, relax their minds and give an alternative activity to focus on in place of drinking.
All in all, these different forms of therapy are patient specific and cannot be applied in a blanket manner.
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