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Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Modalities


An essential step to the treatment process of any mental health condition is finding the best approach to treatment to fit your specific needs. To do this, it is crucial that you understand your options and the benefits of each program. The more you know about the process, and the more your treatment provider understands about you, the better foundation of success your treatment will have.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a common form of psychotherapy designed to treat various mental health disorders. In modern treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered to be the standard form of talk therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying negative thoughts and feelings that can often lead to destructive or unhealthy behaviors. By reframing these negative emotions in new, objective ways, therapists can promote positive behavioral change in the future.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on building coping strategies for triggering situations and emotional stability. Originally, dialectical behavior therapy was designed to treat borderline personality disorder but has now been adapted to treat a variety of conditions. Dialectical behavior therapy is built around three major frameworks: the science of cognitive behavioral therapy, the mindful practices of Buddhism, and the philosophy of dialectics.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is based on reliving traumatic experiences. Many people, particularly those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, may struggle with reliving trauma or abuse. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is specifically designed to allow a person to think about their traumatic experiences without experiencing high levels of anxiety or stress.

Alternative Therapy Options:

Art Therapy

Art therapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy that uses creative expression to promote self-discovery and coping skills development. Art therapy may involve painting, sculpting, drawing, or creating collages or other creative media. All age groups can benefit from art therapy, from children to adults. It is also a process that can be done individually or as a group.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy is a form of alternative psychotherapy that focuses on outdoor, explorative, or physical activity as a form of therapy. Adventure therapy can help people overcome substance abuse issues and mental health challenges through engaging with life experiences. Activities in adventure therapy can include camping, hiking, rock climbing, boating, or group games, including sports and team-building exercises. Adventure therapy can help build valuable life skills and promote healthier behavior.

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