Individual & Group Therapy
Residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization offer the chance to learn methods and tools to achieve long-term recovery from substance abuse. While at Landmark Recovery, patients will experience multiple forms of therapy, including individual and group therapy with addiction counselors and clinically trained therapists and local psychiatrists that will ultimately form the foundation for regaining control of your life from drugs or alcohol.
Individual therapy is the cornerstone of any type of drug & alcohol addiction treatment program. While group therapy and support meetings are important for helping those in recovery to share and empathize with peers, individual therapy allows patients to delve deeper into their own personal addiction and address the underlying psychological mechanisms that play a role in their addiction.
At Landmark Recovery, each patient is assigned a dedicated, Masters Level, licensed therapist and meets with the therapist at least once weekly. Self-pay patients and individuals on Detox or Residential levels of care meet with their therapist twice weekly—double the national average. Everything that occurs within the confines of individual therapy is confidential, safe, and judgment-free.
The only time that a therapist may share information is if they believe you could be a harm to yourself or others. There are several therapeutic modalities employed by therapists during therapy sessions. These different approaches are usually chosen based on the individual patient’s needs.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
REBT is a form of drug & alcohol addiction therapy that works to produce profound cognitive and behavioral change through challenging irrational beliefs and underlying behavioral problems that may be leading to substance abuse problems.
CBT is an approach to therapy that helps patients identify, dismantle, and replace unhealthy, negative modes of thinking with positive ones. In doing so, recovering addicts can learn to avoid triggers and replace substance use with healthier activities such as team sports, writing, or exercising.
Interpersonal therapy is a specific approach to therapy that has the therapist-patient relationship stand in as a proxy for other relationships in the patient’s life. With this type of approach, patients can explore the challenges of these other relationships and learn ways to navigate these challenges in real life. For recovering addicts, this could be used to deal with an abusive partner, codependent, or family member or friend who is an enabler.
Emotionally-focused therapy was originally developed for marriage counseling but is now popular in individual drug & alcohol addiction therapy. This method prioritizes attachments and teaches patients to develop healthy, secure attachments with people and objects. It also helps patients to get past the hurt of past relationships.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve feelings and insecurities in order to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. Motivational interviewing is often useful for addressing drug & alcohol addiction as well as for eating disorders and managing physical health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
This type of individual therapy (DBT) was originally developed to help people suffering from suicidal ideation and borderline personality disorder and blends individual and group therapy. In it, patients learn social skills, how to deal with stress, and have healthier interpersonal relationships. Patients develop the skills and strategies they need to lead a life they feel is worth living.
Group therapy is an effective and, in some cases, a more useful form of drug & alcohol addiction therapy than individual therapy for teaching interpersonal skills and stress management. In group therapy, patients gather in a group setting and work with either one or more counselors on activities that invite group members to share or participate in shared challenges.
As with individual therapy, group therapy is safe, judgment-free, and confidential. While some of your views might be challenged or questioned in group therapy, it is a place where no harassment, bullying, or manipulation occurs. Your therapist will do their utmost to create a safe environment of respect. One of the most beneficial aspects of group therapy is that participants can draw on the experiences and wisdom of multiple people in addition to the clinically trained therapist.
Group therapy offers considerably more flexibility in terms of discussion, activities, and direction of the therapy. However, it takes an experienced professional in order to successfully steer therapy sessions in the right direction and keep the group focused and invested in the discussion. That is why Landmark Recovery recruits Master level clinicians with years of addiction experience under their belt to lead these sessions.
Addiction is often called a “family disease” because it is typically inherited genetically and fostered in an unhealthy or dysfunctional family environment. Addiction can infect family relationships in a multitude of ways, so family therapy is useful as its own form of drug & alcohol addiction therapy because it can address and help to resolve the numerous issues that are present within a family that may be contributing to an addiction.
During family therapy in an outpatient or residential treatment setting, family members are invited to join the recovering patient in group sessions where a therapist facilitates open discussion between and among family members. This kind of therapy can be difficult, as family relationships can be explosive and intense, and Landmark therapists strive to balance the needs of all members present, not just the patient.
The goal of family therapy is to help the entire family as a system and work through difficult relationships and modalities present. Family therapy is typically only recommended after the patient has undergone some other type of group or individual therapy. Family therapists may draw from other methods such as CBT or DBT and use these to facilitate the sessions.
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a therapeutic model focused on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.
Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It is an extremely safe model as it directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into the trauma narrative (the detailed account of disturbing trauma memories), thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement. Seeking Safety offers 25 topics that can be conducted in any order and as few or many as time allows, including:
- Taking Back Your Power
- When Substances Control You
- Asking for Help
- Setting Boundaries in Relationships
- Getting Others to Support Your Recovery
- Healthy Relationships
- Community Resources
- Creating Meaning
- Integrating the Split Self
- Recovery Thinking
- Taking Good Care of Yourself
- Respecting Your Time
- Coping with Triggers
- Red and Green Flags
- Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding)
- Life Choices
SMART Recovery is a 4-point program for those seeking to break the chains of addiction and successfully lead a productive life free from drugs and alcohol. SMART Recovery offers a broad array of methods that teach addicts to cope with urges, build motivation to keep working, and live a balanced, overall life of purpose. Much like AA, it is used by thousands across the world. Unlike AA, it is not a 12-step program based on faith in a higher power.