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Counseling and Therapy

RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia Addiction Counseling and TherapyIndividuals suffering from substance abuse face very unique challenges with addiction, which is why recovery plans should be highly customized to meet the specific needs of every patient. RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia specializes in developing highly personalized recovery plans for our clients based on the presence of dual disorders, psychological challenges, and personal goals. We offer a wide array of behavioral health and addiction related counseling therapies designed to provide patients with addiction education, resources, support and connectedness to overcome addiction and sustain sobriety.

Our counseling and therapy treatments help individuals identify the stimuli that may cause relapse, anxiety, or depression and provide guidance on how to cope with these stressors. Stimuli that may cause relapse may include stresses like looking for a job, establishing and maintaining relationships, housing, seeing friends who continue to use drugs or visiting a neighborhood that may trigger memories of addiction.

Treatment Modules at RiverMend Health Centers

Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits all formula, and recovery is not either. The treatment programs at RiverMend Health Centers are created with highly personalized structured content, tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient. The recovery programs developed may contain any of the following treatment modules we offer at our treatment center. For more information on our programs, please call us at 844-889-8222 to speak with a specialist about your questions.

Didactic / Psychoeducation

The explanation of addiction is usually the first step towards understanding its control. RiverMend Health Centers utilizes didactic therapy and psychoeducation to help patients understand addiction and the problem-solving skills needed to overcome it. The didactic model of psychoeducation models a classroom-like environment where patients can learn real facts about addiction and rational techniques to control it. This form of therapy might involve scenario work to prepare patients for real-life situations that could provoke relapse triggers.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is a cognitive behavioral treatment effective in treating substance abuse and dual disorders. DBT was originally developed to treat patients with borderline personality disorder, but has proved effective in helping a wide range of other disorders such as substance abuse, depression, eating disorder and more. DBT focuses on sets of behavioral skills including distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and mindfulness.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that takes a practical approach to changing maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse. A central element of CBT at RiverMend Health Centers is exploring the different consequences and risks associated with drug use as well as developing strategies for coping with temptations. CBT explores an individual’s cognitive processes including attitudes, images, beliefs and thoughts to understand how they affect behaviors as a way of managing emotional distress. CBT is proven very effective in treating other behavioral health issues and a range of other problems that may co-occur alongside addiction.

Individual Therapy

At RiverMend Health Centers, individual and group therapy are conducted together to complement each other during addiction treatment for those battling substance abuse. Individual therapy provides individuals with a safe one-on-one environment to work on emotional and psychological challenges that might be too sensitive to discuss in group therapy. It provides a safe setting to address motivational issues that stands between you and sobriety. It allows individuals to look closely at his or her own behavioral patterns and the role that drugs have played in life.

Group Therapy

In conjunction with individual therapy, group therapy work is a very powerful and transformative means to understand addiction and control it. Individuals strongly benefit from group therapy work because it helps them to see that they are not alone in their battle with substance abuse and dual disorders. One of the biggest challenges patients face in addiction treatment is feeling that they are worthy of recovery. Group therapy gives individuals a greater perspective on the power of addiction, which is powerfully therapeutic and cathartic.

Another benefit to group therapy is support and connectedness with like-minded people. People in group therapy at RiverMend Health Centers are encouraged to look to others in the group for support, feedback, and conversation. These interactions foster life-long friendships, safety nets, and support groups that are critical to relapse prevention long-term.

Group therapy also gives individuals a chance to find their voice, including their own feelings and needs, and being able to express them. A big challenge for recovery patients is re-building self-identity and learning how to be self-connected in group settings.

Family Therapy and Multi-Family

Addiction is commonly referred to as a “family disease,” because it profoundly affects family members and loved ones of those battling substance abuse. Family therapy is a critical component of successful addiction therapy, because family issues can both contribute to and perpetuate the disease. Family therapy can help family members gain awareness of their loved one’s needs, improve the mental health of the entire family unit, improve communication styles, understand codependent behaviors, motivate change, and understand how to implement boundaries and problem-solving skills to prevent enabling behaviors.

Another important form of family therapy we offer at River Mend Health Centers is multi-family group, where families affected by addiction can meet families that have gone through similar challenges. We have found multiple family group therapy important for families to experience connectedness to understand they are not alone in their struggles. It also provides families with hope, support, acceptance, and accountability to change.

Gender Group

Men and women have very different life challenges that affect and propel addiction in different ways, including gender roll expectations, gender identities, and gender-related trauma and hardships. Gender specific group therapy can men and women address different emotional hardships and behaviors experienced during their addictions. Women most often explore issues such as parenting, motherhood, unhealthy relationships, domestic violence, physical health, appearance, and hygiene. Men typically discuss fatherhood, aggression, isolation, spiritual disconnectedness, and sexual issues.

Education. A significant component of our therapies involve medical education, step group work, assignment groups and other educational therapies. It’s important to understand the elements of addiction to be able to seek to control its hold on your life.

Experiential. At RiverMend Health Centers, we offer a variety of experiential therapies to help overcome substance abuse from all angles while also appeal to patient’s personal interests. Our experiential therapies include art therapy, expressive group, and yoga. Through experiential treatment techniques, patients can explore emotional, social, spiritual, and relational challenges through expressive means.

Holistic. The multidisciplinary team at RiverMend Health Centers strongly believe an important aspect of addiction recovery involves meditation, mindfulness, and connectedness. We offer several holistic methods such as therapeutic breath work and meditation to help patients become more aware of their instincts, purpose, and inner connections.

For More Information

For more information on the therapies and counseling techniques used by RiverMend Health Centers, please contact us at 844-889-8222 to speak with our knowledgeable addiction specialists.

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