Residential treatment is going to involve a lot of different therapy. Many are under the impression that addiction treatment primarily revolves around talk therapy. Therapy is not a primary treatment for treating a disease of the brain. Addiction in the brain creates a tangled web of miswired connections. With time and the development of new habits, those webs can be untangled one piece at a time.

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Utilizing the methods of various therapy modalities helps the brain become balanced again. Each and every component in an individualized treatment plan has significance for helping you heal. Additionally, you will be learning critical life, emotional, coping, and manageability skills you can apply every day when you leave treatment. Below are some of the most commonly used therapy types in residential treatment for addiction.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was developed in the later 1980’s in an effort to treat borderline personality disorder. Borderline is one of the most challenging mental illnesses to treat because an individual’s emotional scale is high unregulated. Their emotional reactions are usually more severe in a situation than would normally be expected. DBT seeks to give such individuals tools for normalized emotional regulation. Helping them to understand how they react to situations and learn to identify their emotions through dialectical exercises brings calm to an otherwise chaotic storm of feelings.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highly touted as being a cure all for mental illness. By focusing on cognition and behavior, CBT works on reprogramming unhelpful thoughts. Anxiety and depression patients find significant relief in CBT. By combining cognitive therapy with behavioral therapy, CBT helps people change the way they interpret situations as well as how they react to them. Understanding the source and beliefs of each thought and reaction, CBT retrains reactive processes from the core of their foundation.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a chance to process daily experiences with peers in treatment. Each group is likely to have a different theme; for example, there may be trauma group, chemical dependency group, and groups devoted to education. Groups might also revolve around certain activities focused on emotional exploration. Listening to peers creates a community of understanding and solidarity. At times, one patient’s confidence in expressing something difficult will be the inspiration another needs to confront something they have been hesitating to.

Individual Therapy

Patients will meet with their individual therapist or counselor once or twice a week, at the minimum. In individual therapy, the patient has the opportunity to discuss what they are learning and how they are feeling. Therapists have a chance to evaluate the patient’s progress and help the identify what is coming up in the other therapies and activities.


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