Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most utilized forms of therapy when treating addiction in American addiction centers. This is partly due to Cognitive Behavioral therapies having been some of the most studied in the field of clinical psychology. According to various behavioral research studies, (CBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders including in adolescents who are suffering with addiction.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and is well supported by a variety of behavioral research studies, including in a recent systematic review assessing DBT for teens finding it an effective therapeutic treatment option. The term “dialectical” refers to a synthesis or integration of opposites, or in this case, an overall transformation through the seemingly divergent processes of acceptance and change. This technique instills mindfulness in both the therapist and client while aiming to establish connections between past behaviors and future reactions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is designed to treat those who suffer from the emotional after effects of traumatic memories, aiming to guide clients toward a renewed space of awareness. EMDR therapy helps to alleviate distress while acknowledging and addressing the adverse effects that the traumatic experience has caused mentally, emotionally or physically. The therapeutic goal using EMDR is to promote healing and create an environment in which the client feels comfortable discussing their thoughts and feelings around the traumatic experience leading to healthier functioning and well-being. Through careful guidance and facilitation with a trained professional, this therapeutic technique is designed to treat victims of trauma by empowering them to access to their own healing processes.
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