9 Therapies You Will Find in Free Rehab Centers
Different types of therapy can be helpful for different individuals, addiction syndromes, and overall recoveries. Below are several different types of behavioral therapies you might find at the free rehab center of your choice. If you are still looking for safe, reliable treatment, call 800-402-6251 (Who Answers?) today.
1. Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is effective for almost every type of addiction and can be changed to fit a patient’s specific needs and situation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role.” Therefore, the program helps patients unlearn negative or unhealthy behaviors and relearn positive and healthy ones. CBT stresses the ability to recognize and avoid triggers as well as the learning of coping mechanisms for stress and cravings.
2. Contingency Management
Contingency management can also be used on any type of substance use disorder and is often effective as part of outpatient care. Patients are asked to take a drug test, and for every negative sample they provide, they will receive vouchers or prize incentives to stay sober and to keep coming to treatment. This program can be especially beneficial for reestablishing the reward pathways in the brain toward things other than drugs.
3. The Matrix Model
The Matrix Model was created in the 1980s as a therapy program specifically for stimulant abusers in outpatient care. According to the NIDA Archives, the program works to help patients “cease drug use, retain in treatment, and learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse.” The program also asks therapists to create a positive relationship with their patients in order to maintain treatment retention.
4. Community Reinforcement Approach
According to the NIDA, this approach “is an intensive 24-week outpatient therapy for treating people addicted to cocaine and alcohol.”
Patients attend counseling sessions in order to improve their relationships with their families and minimize their chances of relapse. Vocational and educational counseling is also involved.
5. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
MET is especially focused on helping increase a patient’s motivation for seeking treatment. As such, it is mostly used to treat nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana addicts. Its focus is placed less on treating one’s addiction and more on increasing the patient’s motivation for quitting and seeking help. Often, it can be paired with another type of behavioral therapy, but it is usually not as successful with polydrug abusers.
6. Family Behavioral Therapy
Many times, addiction devastates not only one person but also their entire family by causing problems for everyone in the addict’s life. Family behavioral therapy can be effective for helping families communicate better, end enabling behaviors, and let go of feelings of anger and hurt.
7. Trauma-Informed Interventions
Some individuals suffer from substance abuse disorders have also suffered from traumatic incidents in their lives; in fact, past trauma is one of the risk factors for addiction. Therefore, it is important for behavioral therapy to often have a trauma-informed approach that addresses the traumatic incident, promotes healing, and seeks to resist any kind of retraumatization (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
8. 12-Step Facilitation Therapy
12-step facilitation therapy helps prepare patients for the 12-step method used by many support groups. This can often be helpful to individuals who choose free rehab, as support groups are a free and potentially beneficial option for aftercare.
The program works to address any questions the patient may have about these groups and stress the three key elements of the 12-step philosophy, which are acceptance, surrender, and active involvement in group activities and meetings (NIDA).
9. HIV Risk Prevention Therapy
Many free rehab facilities offer additional options to patients or referrals to other programs that offer them. One important part of rehab is addressing the potential of contracting HIV and other transmittable diseases through drug use and teaching patients how to avoid this issue.
One or more therapy programs may be used together to help treat your addiction and any other issues you have experienced. It is also important that you are screened and treated for any comorbid mental disorders that may also be associated with your addiction. In order to find a rehab program that will suit your needs, call 800-402-6251 (Who Answers?) today. Our treatment advisors are standing by.