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Beyond Drug and Alcohol Rehab: Treating Process Addictions

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Drug and alcohol rehab can be as effective for process addictions (also known as behavioral addictions) as it is for chemical addictions such as addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Process Addictions Are on the Rise

Process addictions, also referred to as behavioral addictions, are on the rise in our society today. These addictions include Internet addiction, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction and others. Different advancements in society have opened up the gates for various problems to arise or grow as a side effect to the many benefits they have also brought along such as is the case with the expansion and widespread use of the Internet. However, process addictions are very similar to chemical addictions in that they can be effectively treated with treatment methods focusing on impulse control and psychotherapy.

Treating Process Addictions at Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Process addictions are treated by addiction therapy treatment methods at drug and alcohol rehab including psychotherapy, the main treatment method for chemical addictions. Psychotherapy works by helping clients of process addictions discover their underlying, personal causes or reasons for their addictions. This makes for a strong foundation for recovery.

Two very effective types of psychotherapy for clients with process addictions are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and group therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an individualized therapy session type that works on the premise of utilizing thoughts in order to impact behaviors and actions. Group therapy consists of a therapist as well as a group of drug and alcohol rehab peers. Clients work through psychotherapy together with each person’s contributions having the ability to impact others on their own journeys of recovery. Other psychotherapy session types include one-on-one therapy and family therapy.

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The lifestyle counseling and stress management offered at drug and alcohol rehab is also very useful for clients of process addictions. Lifestyle counseling helps clients shape their lives in manners conducive to healthy living. For example, this can mean avoiding shopping malls and cutting up credit cards for clients with shopping addictions or avoiding casinos and online gambling websites for clients of gambling addiction.

Stress management is an important tool for clients of all addiction types as well as clients of all mental health disorders because stress is a trigger for substance use as well as for symptoms. Clients may manage stress on their own each day through such practices as time management, taking the time to unwind and relax, practicing breathing exercises, exercising and eating well, sleeping well and others.

If you or someone you love is having problems with alcohol abuse, chemical dependency or addiction, recovery from a drug abuse program, like the one at Destination Hope, may be the answer.  Remember that recovery from addiction and alcohol abuse treatment means learning how to cope with intensely emotional situations, and identifying when you need help and support.  Treatment for addiction relapse, counseling, and aftercare can help you do this, so please call us today. Destination Hope is a full-service addiction and health treatment facility in Florida for men and women who suffer from substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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