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Psychotherapy for Addiction

How Can Psychotherapists Treat Addiction?

If you or a loved have been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction for a while, you’ve probably been thinking of treatment options that can help with long-term recovery.

Although detox is very important to remove the physical dependency of drugs and alcohol, the most important aspect of addiction treatment that can decrease the chance of relapse is seeing a psychotherapist for dual-diagnosis treatment.

But what does a psychotherapist do exactly to help treat addiction and mental illness? And how do they differ from other therapists, such as psychologists and psychiatrists?

We’ll answer all of these questions for you or a loved one to be more informed below.

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Differences Between Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists

Although all three can provide therapy to those struggling with their mental health and substance abuse, there are a few differences among them. It’s important to note that psychotherapy is the umbrella term for any professional who is trained to treat people for their emotional problems. 

The biggest differences to note are that psychologists and psychiatrists provide additional services, such as administering psychological or diagnostic tests and determining the best medication options for their patients. However, only psychiatrists are able to diagnose and prescribe medication to their patients. 

A psychiatrist can also evaluate you or your loved one’s mental state, while taking into account environment and many other factors. Here are just a few things a psychiatrist will consider while creating the best treatment plan for you or a loved one:

  • How one’s mind works, and how they process stressful or traumatic situations
  • One’s physical health and the effect of drugs or alcohol on their body
  • What’s happening in one’s life – stress from a job, a failing relationship, recovering from a traumatic event, and how much support one is receiving from family and friends

With all of that being said, it’s likely that you or a loved one might work regularly with a psychologist to address behavioral patterns. That psychologist may refer the patient to a psychiatrist who can prescribe and monitor medication.

Treatment Plans Psychotherapists Offer

Here are a few examples of treatment options that a psychotherapist will offer to you or a loved one, and other options that are available:

  • Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies: This is where you or a loved one will learn healthy ways of coping with stress and their depression and/or anxiety. You can also understand their mental health diagnosis more clearly and be able to identify harmful thoughts that can cause addiction.
  • Medication: Depending on the mental health diagnosis, they may prescribe a medication for depression, anxiety, etc. Taking medication has allowed others who suffer from these mental illnesses an easier time navigating their daily lives.
  • Family Therapy: When a loved one goes through something as serious as substance abuse, it can disrupt family relations. Family therapy is a great option to help family and loved ones understand ta diagnosis, and they can learn how to communicate and help their loved one after treatment is finished.
  • Group Therapy: Having a loved one talk to others who are in a similar situation can help them feel less isolated and alone. Although the thought of sharing your personal story of addiction and mental illness may seem intimidating at, it could also provide you with more support.

Where You Can Seek Treatment from an Alcoholism​​​​?

Where You Can Seek Addiction Treatment From Experienced Psychotherapists?
Archstone Behavioral Health is here for you or a loved one struggling with mental illness and addiction. We’ve been providing high quality mental health services to those across the country for nearly 20 years, and have a strong group of alumni who can serve as a support system. Our alumni can attest to the fact that we are dedicated to investing in quality care, instead of posh settings like some other rehabs in Florida. We also offer a full continuum of care, from detox to outpatient. We’ll be there for you, every step of the way during your recovery journey.

If you or a loved one are currently struggling with addiction, call Archstone Behavioral Health at: (888) 608-0011 to get help today.

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Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

The "Whole Patient Approach: Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of certain medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of the two can successfully treat Opioid as well as alcohol use disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can make the difference between the vicious cycle of relapse or long-term recovery. Currently, there are several treatment protocols to treat alcohol and Opioid use disorders briefly discussed below.

What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

MAT is used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. It is also used for Alcohol use disorders. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.

MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. In 2013, an estimated 1.8 million people had an opioid use disorder related to prescription pain relievers, and about 517,000 had an opioid use disorder related to heroin use. MAT has proved to be clinically effective and to significantly reduce the need for inpatient detoxification services for these individuals.

How Can MAT Help?

MAT provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication and behavioral therapy. The ultimate goal of MAT is a full recovery, giving the patient a greater success in sustaining long-term recovery. This treatment approach has been shown to:

  • Improve patient survival
  • Increase retention in treatment
  • Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
  • Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
  • Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant

Research has shown some of the ancillary positive effects of MAT is the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C has been reduced largely in part because of lower relapse rates. Unfortunately, MAT is greatly underused. For instance, according to SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2002-2010, the proportion of heroin admissions with treatment plans that included receiving medication-assisted opioid therapy fell from 35% in 2002 to 28% in 2010. The slow adoption of these evidence-based treatment options for alcohol and opioid dependence is partly due to misconceptions about substituting one drug for another.

Medically Assisted Treatment Can Help

When a person has become physically dependent upon an opioid drug, they face a painful withdrawal syndrome if they try to suddenly stop taking their drug of choice. These symptoms can persist for up to a month and more and include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drug craving
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Muscle, joint and bone pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Restless leg syndrome

These symptoms can be quickly relieved by the administration of an opioid. Addicts know this. Many fall back into addiction just to relieve the awful withdrawal symptoms, which can be so intense that an addicted person will do almost anything to obtain relief. Fear of withdrawal is the main reason why many people remain addicted. It’s just too much to face and endure.

Overall, MAT has helped many people regain their lives. It’s effective, and it works. It’s a viable option for those people who would not be able to abstain from their opioid drug of choice without it.

Where You Can Seek MAT Services for Addiction Treatment

Finding a rehab anywhere in the U.S. that can effectively treat you or a loved one can be very difficult, and even more so in Florida. There’s so many options, and only about 20% of these rehabs were accredited by The Joint Commission, a gold seal standard for ethical practices and treatment. Going to a safe and experienced rehab is crucial in order to ensure you or a loved can start their journey to long-term recovery.

Archstone Behavioral Health is here for you or a loved one struggling with mental illness and addiction. Our alumni can attest to the fact that we are dedicated to investing in quality care, instead of posh settings like other rehabs in Florida. We also offer a full continuum of care, from detox to outpatient. We’ll be there for you, every step of the way during your recovery journey. 

If you or a loved one are currently struggling with addiction and mental illness, call Archstone Behavioral Health at: (888) 608-0011 to get help today.

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