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The Different Kinds Of Therapy

Posted on 10/15/19: Addiction Recovery \ Addiction Treatment

Have you recently made the decision to live a sober life? Have you finally had enough of living your life under the thumb of addiction? Well good for you! However, we want you to know that it’s not battle that is easily won. The fight for sobriety is one that you’ll likely have to face for the rest of your life, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. When you choose to live a sober life, you’ll soon realize all the incredible things you were missing out on. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “If this battle against addiction is life-long, how do I fight against it? I thought it was as easy as just cutting the substance out of my life?” We wish it was that easy, but it’s not. Today, we’ll be discussing one of the most beneficial things to use in your fight against addiction: Therapy! 

What Is Therapy? 

If you haven’t heard of therapy before, chances are you are one of the few. People all across the world use therapy as a way to help a person out through psychological examination. This is a treatment method for mental or psychological disorders through psychological means. It’s meant to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses. Oftentimes, we picture a person laying on a couch, staring at the ceilings, voicing their thoughts/feelings while the therapist sits in an armchair and occasionally glances up from their papers to analyze. Though this is a very real form of interpretation and not a poorly misrepresented satire, there are many other forms that are equally as beneficial for patients. Let’s discuss them!

Types Of Therapy

  1. Yoga – This form of therapy has been around for ages! Yoga is a practice that has been around for over 5,000 years and it has become something that people across the world practice. Yoga is all about stretching out the body, bringing peace to troubled minds, and finding balance both mentally and physically. It can also help strengthen a person’s mental and physical health. This form of therapy has been shown to help reduce anxiety, increase self-awareness through meditation/reflection, and purify/detox the body; perfect for people struggling to resolve issues they have garnered internally. 
  2. Adventure – This is another form of therapy that doesn’t necessarily involve a therapist, it’s more about self-awareness and self-reflection. Adventure therapy is when a person uses outdoor activities as a means of therapy. Activities can include hiking, rock climbing, running, camping, and pretty much any activity that could be set in a wilderness setting. Adventure therapy has been shown to help in behavioral improvements through physically challenging activities. These activities give the person a calm atmosphere to reflect on themselves and allow them to better see on their own what needs improvement. 
  3. Music – Music is something we all listen to and enjoy. Regardless of what genre you listen to, there is no denying the incredible power that music has over us. That’s probably why music therapy was invented. This type of therapy is often used to treat addiction-related disorders. This kind of therapy can look different for everyone, but it often consists of exercises like listening to music, singing a song, or learning to play an instrument as a coping mechanism. Music therapy has been shown to help with things such as stress management, pain relief, emotional expression, improve communication skills, behavioral problems, and improve overall wellbeing. 
  4. Traditional – This is the type we all picture when we discuss this subject. Traditional therapy can be a one-on-one experience or it can also be in a group setting. The one-on-one experience is more intimate and comfortable for those who do not want to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with people they do not know. This creates a comfortable atmosphere for these types of individuals and allows for a more personalized experience. Group therapy can help a person who is comfortable sharing in group settings. In these kinds of sessions, a therapist will encourage multiple attendees to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences to help create an atmosphere that is ripe for sharing. When one person shares, other people will be more comfortable sharing. This can help people see that they are the only ones going through something tough, allowing them to find someone they can relate to. This is a key part of group therapy because many people struggling with internal issues feel alone. 
  5. Art – Similar to music, art therapy is another form of therapy that focuses on self-expression and self-reflection through an art medium. For those who have a hard time expressing their internal struggles to others, this is a great way to practice self-expression. Art therapy encourages individuals to create whatever they want, giving them freedom from negative thoughts and feelings. This can also help with stress management, emotional expression, and improve overall wellbeing by giving a person an outlet to let any negative/positive thoughts out in whatever way they seem fit. This can give a person a sense of freedom in a world where they feel captive to their internal struggles. 

The therapies listed above are just some of the many forms that people use to help solve internal behavioral/relational problems. Therapy is a great way to help someone fight against behavioral issues like addiction and it can be used in the long-term fight for sobriety. Living a sober life means you are not only ridding your life of substance abuse, but you are finding ways to cope with any sort of cravings to fall back into your old lifestyle. If you ask any former addict, they’ll tell you just how often they have to deal with cravings to fall back into addictive habits. The best way to fight against these cravings in order to ensure a lifetime of sobriety is to find some form of therapy that helps you cope with any temptations to use again. If you haven’t found a form of therapy to help you along with your journey into sobriety, get out there and look around. Look into the ones we’ve mentioned here or, if none of those sound appealing, look into other forms of therapy. There are a lot of options!

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, contact Sober Living of AZ now to get the help you need. Sober Living offers an acclaimed recovery environment that merges upscale and luxury accommodations with affordability, clinical expertise and an unwavering commitment to patient care and aftercare. Call us now at 602-737-2458.

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