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Psychotherapy in Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a disease so insidious that a detox or a simple medical treatment is not nearly enough to attack it. At California Prime we believe in implementing several levels of treatment that work together so that we can counter-attack addiction at not only physical, but also mental and psychical states. It is this multi pronged approach that has proven to be effective for our clients with co-occurring disorders.

Detoxing and medical assisted treatments are the first step to treating addiction at the level of the body. However it is widely accepted now that drug addiction has deeper roots than merely an addiction to substance. Patients suffering from this disease typically resort to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they experience due to their past trauma, family history, or other stressful triggers.This is where psychotherapy comes in.

Why is Psychotherapy Necessary

Relapse rate is nearly 85% for substance abuse and addiction if the root psychological problem is not addressed. After treatment, when an individual encounters a psychological trigger or is influenced by their social setting, if they do not have coping skills they will have strong cravings to return to using and/or abusing substances.

Each individual responds to social and psychological events differently, and their responses to different methods of treatment are also varied. With clients who are suffering from co-occurring disorders, the severity may be at different levels between their substance use disorder and psychiatric disorder. Our therapists are experienced in configuring individual treatment plans that are tailored to each patient, and some form of psychotherapy is an essential part of our treatment plans that are aimed at reducing relapses.

Psychotherapy at California Prime

We offer psychotherapy at individual and group levels, as well as part of our inpatient and outpatient programs. We incorporate one or more types of psychotherapy into our individualized treatment plans. Here are a few of our offerings:

Cognitive-Behavioral TherapyDialectical Behavioral TherapyPsychodynamic Therapy
Psychoeducational TherapyHumanistic TherapyBehavior Therapy


Benefits of Psychotherapy in Addiction Recovery

Psychotherapy is used to heal several areas of a patient’s life, in addition to their addiction issues. Here are some major benefits that we see in our clients.

Addressing and Managing Trauma

Past experiences of physical, sexual or emotional violence are the most common contributors to addiction issues. An individual who does not have the coping skills to manage their trauma will likely turn to drugs, alcohol, or other substances to numb their pain. We use psychotherapy to provide coping techniques to our clients so they can learn the skills to manage their pain.

Overcoming Fear and Gaining Confidence

Many individuals try to escape from their fears and anxieties by using drugs and alcohol to avoid them. Psychotherapy from our experienced counselors will help them face their fears and learn to overcome them as they gain confidence.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Trauma triggers and memories can induce severe stress and anxiety in addiction patients. A psychotherapist can help analyze and reprocess past events and trauma triggers so that patients can learn coping techniques to address their stress.

Understanding addictive behavior is a necessary part of drug and alcohol addiction treatments. Recovery and reducing relapses are only possible if the addictive behaviors and their triggers are addressed at psychological levels.

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