Why Does Recovery Require Therapy?


Addiction is a complex issue. Unlike many illnesses, it can’t be treated once and considered “cured.” It requires complex treatment. In addition to detoxing the substances from the body, the mind needs to heal and grow. Different therapy models are used to address underlying issues, combat addict behaviors, and establish healthy habits.

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Individual Therapy vs. Group Therapy

Recovery programs will use a combination of both individual and group therapy for each client. Both are crucial for successful recovery.

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Individual Therapy

In addition to physical dependence, addiction creates an emotional dependence. Many of those emotional struggles can only be addressed one-on-one with a therapist.

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Group Therapy

Group therapy gives recovering addicts the opportunity to practice honesty and express themselves to others. It also opens up the door to give and receive peer encouragement and support.


What Type of Therapy Do I Need?

Recovery programs will use a variety of different therapy approaches to treat the many facets of addiction. Some common models include:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on addressing and changing negative and destructive thought processes. This type of therapy is meant to help a person become aware of their own negative thinking so that they can see current challenges more clearly and respond in a healthier, effective way.

Key Features:

  • Learning about your negative thought processes
  • Practicing healthier, more effective techniques


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

WRAP is a self-designed wellness process that helps a person combat stressors and strive for everyday health. With WRAP therapy, a person will identify triggers that jeopardize their sobriety and mental health. The model empowers a person to see themselves feeling healthy and establish a daily maintenance plan to achieve that lifestyle.

Key Features:

  • Daily maintenance planning to stay as well as possible each day
  • Identify stressors / triggers and establish a crisis and post-crisis action plan


Matrix Model

The Matrix Model focuses on planning for life after treatment. A person will have to continue to actively work on their recovery outside of treatment to remain empowered and mindful. This therapy method puts a spotlight on relapse prevention by establishing tools to combat relapse triggers and involving family and social support.

Key Features:

  • Establishing tools for relapse prevention
  • Identifying and utilizing supportive relationships