Every expert on drug addiction rehabilitation insists that therapy is a necessary component of achieving sobriety and staying clean. Participating in both individual and group therapy is an essential and substantial part of any traditional treatment program. At Transformations Treatment Center our therapists are highly trained and dedicated to helping each person understand the psychological roots of their addiction.
Individual Therapy – Individual therapy sessions deal with a myriad of issues which have influenced the individual’s development and behaviors over the years. This personalized therapy takes place a minimum of one time a week but may take place several times a week, depending on the needs of the client. Some clients have daily individual sessions when special needs arise. The primary therapist and his or her client work together to assure that the client receives all the tools and coping skills needed for a life of recovery and that each client is enabled to deal with issues that the client prefers to not deal with in a group setting. TTC’s therapists have specialties, so a client may meet with their primary therapist once, and may also have individual sessions with other therapists who specialize in different areas.
Group Therapy – People work together to build a safe community in which one can talk about an addiction and the recovery process. In group therapy, feelings, defenses and changes are addressed. In small intimate groups, each person learns how to express emotions openly and to trust others. In a short time, everyone begins to feel comfortable, safe and relaxed knowing that they are surrounded with people who are going through similar experiences.
While we certainly help you overcome your physical addiction, Transformations is committed to helping you overcome your psychological addiction as well. Here is a brief outline of some of the topics that are covered during the course of treatment:
Addiction / Alcoholism – Individuals learn about the disease, attributing factors, characteristics of dependency, classifications of drugs and physical and mental withdrawal.
Recovery Dynamics – Individuals learn the stages of recovery, the origin of 12-step fellowships, and understand powerlessness and unmanageability.
Family Dynamics & Roles – The focus is on the individual understanding communication, emotions, codependency and enabling behaviors. Each person learns to take responsibility or be accountable for the ways his/or her behaviors have damaged the family system.
Relapse Prevention – Individuals learn about the models of recovery, relapse warning signs, a daily relapse prevention plan and the analysis of triggers.
Changes In Recovery – Individuals create a strategy to facilitate change using the Transtheoretical Model of Change. The focus is on communication, effective refusals, relationships, managing thoughts and emotions, developing an action plan and finding social support systems.
Individuals in the Traditional substance abuse program participate in group therapy several times daily. The following are how groups in the Transformations Traditional Program are differentiated:
Traditional Groups – This is a group focusing on the fundamentals of AA/NA meetings and the process of working the steps. The goal is to meet people where they are in this process and familiarize them with the AA/NA program. Each person is given an opportunity to disclose their current work on steps 1, 2 and possibly step 3, and any difficulty they may be having. Each person can also work though ambivalence about going to meetings and getting a sponsor as recommended for aftercare.
Process Groups – These are psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy groups where some are separated by gender. Topics in process groups include processing and coping with emotions, positive interpersonal communication, projection and identification, social anxiety, codependency and honesty.
Mood Disorder Groups – These are interactive psycho-educational groups for the purpose of educating individuals about dual diagnosis. The goal is for individuals to understand and be able to better deal with the presented disorder(s). Also, the individual’s own strengths, resources and coping skills are reinforced, in order to avoid relapse and contribute to their own health and wellness on a long-term basis. Some topics include symptoms of mood disorders (i.e. Depression and Bipolar Disorder, as well as other DSM-IV disorders commonly associated with substance abuse), the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on brain chemistry, and recommended behavioral solutions to increase coping skills.
Life Skills Groups: These are practical and applicable groups that help people begin a transformed life or help those who just need to get back on track. Topics include Nutrition & Physical Exercise, Employment & Finances, Conflict Resolution, Decision-Making Skills, Stress Management/Relaxation, Goal Setting, Time Management, Support Systems and Work & Family Life.
If you or someone you know is facing an addiction, help is available from a professional and reliable drug and alcohol treatment center. Please contact the Transformations Treatment Center admissions office today at (866) 211-5538.