There are many different phases to the rehabilitation process, but almost every one of them uses therapy to assist addicts and people suffering from mental health disorders. Therapy sessions with qualified professionals can be critical to helping patients understand why they are in rehab and aid them as they attempt to get clean or live with their disorder.
COUNSELLING FOR ADDICTS AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
There are two phases of counselling that are focused on both in and out of rehab: Group Counselling and One on One Counselling. Much as the names imply, group counselling is a form of therapy that is done with many individuals at one time so that they can share experiences and relate with one another. One on one counselling is a form of therapy where the addict or person suffering from a mental health disorder speaks with their therapist alone. Most people undergoing rehab will go through both forms of counselling in a schedule tailored to their needs.
THE BENEFITS OF THERAPY
Therapy has many continuing benefits for both addicts and people suffering from mental illnesses. Through therapy they will come to learn about their addiction or disorder and understand how it affects them. They will learn about managing cravings and symptoms as well as recognizing the signs of a relapse or attack. Group therapy provides addicts with more than just a support group, it gives them a sense of obligation they may not have with friends or family. This is why the most successful 12-step programs are based around group therapy.
AT WHAT POINT IS IT NO LONGER NECESSARY TO ATTEND THERAPY?
When an addict is finished with their rehabilitation process they will have the opportunity to continue their therapy in aftercare. Although there are periods where it may seem like therapy is no longer necessary and the addict has cleaned up and learned everything they can, that is not always accurate. Therapy provides a stress free and completely neutral environment where the recovering addict can discuss things in their life that frustrate them and used to drive them to use drugs or alcohol.
AVOIDING RELAPSE WITH LONG-TERM THERAPY SESSIONS
Continuing to attend therapy sessions, either group counselling or one on one counselling, does more than provide a place to discuss addiction. Attending regular therapy sessions can provide a place to go to escape, replacing the social areas an addict used to visit when they would need an escape and decreasing the likelihood of a relapse. Group counselling can introduce recovering addicts to people in their community who have experienced the same things they have and who the addict can call upon for assistance if there is a risk of relapse. Removing the recovering addict from the environments they associate with drug use is important, and group therapy can provide that replacement.