An addiction to any substance is more than physical dependence. Once the body has detoxed and you are no longer dependent on the substance, there is still a very real possibility of relapse due to the psychological and social factors that led to the addiction in the first place. Addiction psychotherapy will address underlying issues that played a role in the development of substance use. Additionally, in therapy, we address current factors that can create an urge to use again.
Situations that can cause relapse after detox and recovery include:
- Either sudden and unexpected stressful situations such as the loss of a job or relationship. The buildup of everyday stress without effective ways to de-stress can also cause an urge to relapse and find pleasure in life
- Situational and environmental cues
- Situational and environmental cues can cause a desire to use again. Visiting certain friends and neighborhoods can create a powerful urge as the environment and people are associated with a pattern of substance and/or alcohol use
- Emotional upset
- Substances change our emotions. When we feel stressed, depressed, or angry, using substances is a fast and seemingly easy way to cope with these feelings and move us into a place of euphoria. Many people began using substances as a way of controlling emotions and uplifting mood
Why psychotherapy helps recovery and prevents relapse
Psychotherapy helps on several levels of addiction recovery. If you are dealing with depression, anxiety, or any other type of mental health disorder this needs to be treated and managed in order to prevent relapse and to improve quality of life. Psychotherapy will help you develop healthy coping skills that support your new healthy lifestyle that will ultimately lead to higher functioning and sustained happiness without the use of substances.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective in addiction recovery as the process of psychotherapy involved identifying and restructuring negative thought patterns that can lead to depression and anxiety.
Addiction Psychotherapy in Morristown
Ayre Counseling has a Board Certified Psychiatrist on staff for psychiatric evaluations and an Addictionologist (a physician specializing in medical interventions with SUD) specializing in Medication Assisted Treatment and medication monitoring.Please share this post!