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Tips on Finding a Therapist That’s Right for You

Acknowledging that you need help is one of the biggest steps that will pave the way for your recovery. Therapy makes a world of difference in the treatment of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Speaking with a mental health professional can help you understand the triggers that led you to substance abuse, guide you toward emotional recovery, and teach...

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What Are the Types of Therapy for Addiction?

The purpose of therapy, despite the stigma associated with it, is to benefit the health of patients and prevent relapses. Therapists provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to help patients explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through this exploration, patients can gain insight and develop effective strategies to cope with the challenges they face. This can lead to improved mental well-being...

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5 Common Counselling Barriers

Counselling has undeniable benefits for individuals and loved ones dealing with substance use disorder. Participating in individual or group counselling sessions can pave the way for preventing relapse as well as helping you achieve long-lasting sobriety by improving your mental health. Counselling can also assist in mending relationships, helping you unlearn unhealthy coping strategies, and teach you how to replace...

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Why Therapy Is Essential in Treating Addiction

Addressing substance use disorder goes beyond overcoming your urges or physical dependence on alcohol or illicit drugs. Despite the benefits of medically guided detox, it is not the end all be all for addiction treatment. You’re still vulnerable to your personal addiction triggers and have a significant risk of falling into relapse. Here’s where behavioural therapies—such as individual counselling, partner...

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The Importance of Partner Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Addiction doesn’t only affect the person abusing drugs or alcohol; it also negatively impacts family members, friends, and colleagues. And more often than not, it’s the spouse or the partner that bears the biggest burden. It doesn’t matter whether you’re bound by marriage, living together, or have been dating for a few months, substance abuse can negatively impact your relationship....

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The Many Benefits of Group Therapy

The sense of belongingness is a basic human need. This is the reason why group therapy works in many ways for people going through counselling programs. The benefits of group therapy encompass a wide range of problems; it can help people stay clean and it can address any adjacent mental health issues.  In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, “belonging” is...

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The Ultimate Guide To Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

One technique that can prove to be exceptionally effective during drug and alcohol addiction treatment is cognitive behavioural therapy. Addiction involves many different negative thought patterns that can act like a cage and trap the patient in a cycle of relapse. The social and mental impacts of drug and alcohol addiction can work to reinforce this thinking, making seeking help...

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