One of the main ways you’ll work on improving yourself during your time in treatment is through therapy. We offer a number of different therapies to give you a comprehensive and thorough way to reinvent yourself. You’ll work with your therapist to determine which therapies will work best for you, including the use of both individual and group therapy formats.
Therapy is central to your recovery. Participating in both individual and group therapy will allow you to work on your issues on a personal and a community level to increase your chances of full recovery.
The specific therapies in which you’ll engage will depend on several factors, such as where you are in your treatment, your unique needs, and which program you are attending. During treatment at our Hollywood facility, you may be able to participate in many of the following therapies:
- Process group therapy – Talk about your daily struggles and receive encouragement from therapist and your peers.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy – Learn to identify and change negative thinking patterns, as well as behaviors, to live a healthier, happier life.
- Dialectical behavior therapy – Learn several new skills and how to integrate them into the real world, as well as how to increase your motivation and accept things you cannot change.
- Pain management therapy – Learn ways to better manage your pain, which is especially relevant during the detox process.
- Motivational interviewing – Find what matters most in your life so you can start working toward future goals.
- Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – Process traumatic events and other adverse experiences that may be contributing to your tendencies to use substances.
- Medication-assisted treatment – Specific medications help to reduce your cravings as well as prevent you from getting high if you have a relapse. You’ll also receive counseling.
- Anger management therapy – These sessions help you learn to better control your emotions so anger doesn’t become a trigger for substance abuse.
- Spirituality and faith–based therapy – Incorporate your spiritual beliefs when working toward your recovery.
- Grief and loss therapy – Learn to process your grief over the loss of a loved one.
- Guilt and shame therapy – Tackle the guilt you feel about bad choices you’ve made and let go of shame.
In addition to this core set of therapies, you can also enjoy additional therapies to invigorate your recovery, depending on when you are in treatment and which program you’re in. During your time at Recovery First, you may be able to participate in some or all of the following:
- Recreational therapy – Learn ways to have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol. Recreational therapies may include mindfulness walks, group activities, and more.
- Art therapy – Express your emotions through artistic endeavors under the direction of a community artist.
- Music therapy – Explore how to guide your recovery through the healing power of music.
- Meditation/mindfulness therapy – Get better in tune with your sense of self through group activities such as yoga or reflection sessions.
- Spirituality group therapy – Learn to tie your recovery to your higher power.
- Writing and recovery – Work with a writing expert to jot down your thoughts and experiences.
- Family therapy – This weekend-long program affords your family a chance to talk with you and your therapist and begin working on healing your relationships.
Specific medications may enable you to curb your cravings and stop yourself from getting high if you have a relapse. If deemed appropriate for you, you may receive certain medications to assist you in getting and remaining sober.
Finally, we also encourage our patients to participate in recovery groups and other meetings. These may include:
- 12-step programs – Group meetings that encourage you to work through the 12 steps of recovery and connect with a higher power, as defined by you.
- SMART Recovery – A secular recovery group that focuses on four pillars of recovery— motivation, learning how to not act on urges to use, learning how to manage life’s problems, and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Refuge Recovery – A Buddhist-inspired recovery group that takes a Zen approach toward wellness by encouraging spirituality.
- H&I meetings – Part of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) program, these meetings are intended specifically for people who don’t have access to community NA programs.
- Alumni speakers group – Alumni of our programs return several times a week to talk about their recovery.