Clinical Drug and Alcohol Therapy Propels Recovery
Reflections Recovery Center in Prescott, Arizona takes a dual approach to helping our male clients recover from drug and alcohol addictions. On the more evidence-based, traditional side is clinical treatment. And on the more experimental, yet highly rewarding side is holistic therapy.
Yes, many treatment centers offer both clinical and holistic treatment. But what we believe separates ours from most others is the fact our clinical treatment is offered at a separate, yet nearby, facility from where our clients sleep and eat. We believe this well-furnished, offsite location helps take away distractions as clients interact with our counselors in group and individual settings.
Reflections Recovery Center has gone to great lengths to find some of the best and brightest licensed clinical addiction specialists from around the country. With a great clinical team on board, we’re able to offer our clients the best in clinical addiction therapy.
Types of Clinical Addiction Therapy We Offer
As we mentioned, our clinical drug and alcohol therapy takes place in an offsite facility from where our clients reside as part of our men’s inpatient addiction treatment program. This outpatient facility is a large, modern office space that features several rooms for one-on-one counseling as well as meeting and conference rooms for group sessions of various sizes.
Our licensed clinical addiction specialists offer several of the most advanced clinical therapies in the industry. Explore what we have to offer in clinical addiction therapy by clicking on any of the following techniques to learn more.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy involves a combination of techniques from the traditional fields of psychotherapy, behavioral psychology and cognitive psychology. CBT is an evidence-based practice that was originally developed to help people with mental disorders, and has since been proven to be extremely effective for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction as well.
CBT’s Role in Adjusting Behaviors, Thoughts, Feelings and Beliefs
Emotions, thoughts, beliefs and behaviors all influence one another. Some addiction treatment approaches, such as meditation and yoga, help the client feel more emotionally centered, which in turn help clarify thinking and beliefs.
CBT works the other way around: It helps clients adjust their thoughts and attitude, which eventually leads to greater emotional stability.
When clients are able to prevent negative thought patterns from spiraling out of control and replace them with positive thought patterns, they increase their ability to manage their behaviors instead of reacting rashly to stressful situations.
The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
We all have an internal dialog running through our minds that we usually aren’t aware of. When something happens in our lives, epic or mundane, it triggers a cascade of questions and assumptions.
In CBT sessions at Reflections, our therapist works with the client to examine this automatic internal dialog, identify habits of thought that may be contributing to his unhappiness, and create new habits of thought that build him up inside – instead of tearing him down.
CBT is highly effective because it:
- Can provide results in a relatively short period of time – months instead of years
- Targets a specific problem with a goal-oriented approach
- Helps the client identify patterns of thought that can lead to a downward spiral of negative thinking
- Instills new patterns of thought that allow the client to better cope with difficult situations when they arise
- Teaches the client to take over managing his own cognitive habits after therapy ends
- Gives the client skills he can use throughout his life, whenever he needs them
What to Expect in CBT Sessions
At our Prescott, Arizona treatment center, a therapist begins by finding out what the client wants out of life and then works with him to set specific goals. Next, the client and therapist work one-on-one to discover and address whatever thoughts and behaviors are tied up in the client’s substance use.
Cognitive behavioral therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes long. The client may leave the session with homework to complete, such as consciously changing his reaction in a certain situation, implementing a new habit, etc.
By identifying the patterns of thought (which the client is often unaware of at first) that are contributing to substance abuse, then helping the client change them, the therapist empowers the client to manage his thoughts, emotions and behavior in healthy ways going forward.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Traumatic events push many people toward the use and abuse of substances, so taking away the sting of those memories will give the individual a brighter outlook in the treatment and post-treatment phases.
What Can EMDR Treat?
EMDR is considered a relatively new therapy, and more research on what it can effectively treat continues today. New research brings evidence on more and more psychological issues improved by EMDR, one of them being addiction.
EMDR has been so well researched now, with more than 30 controlled studies done, that it is officially recommended by the American Psychiatric Association, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the World Health Organization.
Patients are having successful results in EMDR treatment to overcome:
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of powerlessness
- Panic attacks
- The psychological effects of natural disasters
- Eating disorders
- Negative self-beliefs
And, EMDR can even be used in coaching for achievement in personal, business and sports success.
How Does EMDR Work?
Studies show that when a person experiences the negative effects of trauma, harmful emotion is stored physiologically in the body. One of the main goals of EMDR therapy is to move that emotional memory to a different part of the brain for reprocessing.
In EMDR therapy, traumatic events stored in the part of the brain meant for long-term memory are accessed and moved to the forefront of the mind. While in short-term memory, the mind creates a working narrative memory.
Information can then be reprocessed, with new associations forged between the traumatic physiological network of the body and new cognitive insights developing in the mind. The brain can then reprocess the accompanying emotions in a more neutral way, sweeping the negative feelings away and eliminating emotional distress.
Why Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Successful?
Many medical professionals believe EMDR treatment accesses some of the biological mechanisms connected to those in REM sleep. The same way the brain rids itself of superfluous information in REM sleep, the rapid rhythmic eye movements seem to damper the power of emotionally charged memories.
Removing the impediments of negative self-thinking opens the channels in the brain’s neurobiological mechanisms for healing. EMDR therapy can lead to a less traumatically charged feeling about the event(s), and then to feelings of survival and strength instead.
A tornado victim that holds onto the inappropriate cognition, “I am in danger” when the danger has long passed can develop anxiety over wind, flying, driving and so on. “I am safe now” becomes the appropriate thought after EMDR.
Intellectually knowing something like, “I am safe,” or, “I am not to blame,” is entirely different from emotionally feeling it to be true. We may believe in the logic of one thing, but be driven by the emotion of another. Changing these beliefs so rapidly, as only EMDR can, is nothing less than phenomenal for those who have benefited from it.
What Is the Evidence?
In recent years, several studies have shown the efficacy of this therapy. Some studies show that up to 90 percent of individuals suffering from trauma no longer have the diagnosis of PTSD after three sessions. Another study found 100 percent of victims who had experienced one traumatic event and 77 percent of victims who had experienced multiple traumas no longer had PTSD after six sessions.
And another recent study showed 77 percent of combat vets were cured of PTSD after 12 sessions. No wonder EMDR has gained worldwide recognition.
As new data continues to emerge, the range of symptoms and treatable disorders enlarges. Dr. Jamie Marich, a trauma specialist and EMDR trainer, has made important connections in using EMDR to treat addiction and trauma. She concludes that unhealed trauma-related issues block addiction recovery and pose a risk for relapse.
What Makes EMDR Different?
EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that is not talk therapy. This is one of the main attributes that makes EMDR different than most other therapies.
The client does not have to admit to the gory details of his past trauma to gain help from this therapy. In traditional therapy, the client would spend hours upon hours telling his counselor about his problems, anxieties, past trauma and so on. But in EMDR, the client is in control. He only has to remember his trauma and picture it in his own mind for the therapy to be effective.
Often, an issue prevalent in men with addiction is the fear of disclosing behaviors that are embarrassing or shameful to the individual. A benefit of EMDR is that he need not share if he is not ready to, while still benefitting from the therapeutic effects.
People are finding they don’t need years of therapy to see improvement. The results of EMDR are very rapid in comparison. After only a few sessions, clients often report dramatic results.
If we understand that unhealed emotional wounds play a role in causing or exacerbating addiction, then we can use EMDR as a very effective tool. In helping clients properly deal with wounds – past, present and future – Reflections Recovery Center is able to give them the skills necessary to move forward into long-term recovery with a reduced risk of relapse.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Regulate emotions
- Tolerate pain (not change it) in stressful situations
- Maintain healthier relationships with others
DBT is particularly effective in addressing the mental health issues that often accompany drug or alcohol addiction. It aims to move the client past life-threatening behaviors and quality of life barriers.
Psychoeducation also includes assisting the client toward self-help, so that he can learn to manage symptoms and situations on his own. This form of therapy also calls for a great deal of family involvement, so access to and communication with the client’s family is imperative.
MI helps the client explore and address ambivalence in his life. The process also helps the client discover his own interest in making a major life change, and then he is encouraged to develop a plan to accomplish that goal.
Clients will be able to better process past and future traumatic events after receiving trauma-informed care. Those who can effectively deal with trauma will have a higher chance of not turning to harmful substances to alleviate symptoms down the road.