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5 Ways to Make Group Therapy More Useful

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves a facilitator conducting a therapy session with more than one patient. It creates an environment of empathy and common struggle that may make a person more likely to share their own experience. However, every session of group therapy is different, and a therapist must remain flexible in order to cultivate the most welcoming and constructive environment for their patients to share. Read more about how group therapy can be used to its greatest potential.

Group therapy has many benefits, if you use these five tips from the Destination Hope team

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October – National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 2011, October became National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This is a month dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse and a call to action for prevention. Substance abuse has effects on both an individual level as well as a community level – giving us plenty of reason to stay informed and do our part to guide people toward help and provide support and prevention.

Hand intervenes to stop the progression of falling blocks representing how we can step in to prevent substance abuse at Destination Hope

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How Behavioral Therapy Benefits Addicts & Their Families

Addiction often has roots in dysfunctional relationships and communication within the family unit. Because of the complex network of relationships and interactions, family therapy is an important part of treatment.

We know that often, substance abuse is the visible manifestation of a more complex, deeper cause and that is why Destination Hope specializes in family therapy as part of every therapeutic modality we offer. Not only does our family therapy program help the addict face the complexities in his life head-on, it also helps the families themselves:

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3 Myths about Your First Time in Substance Abuse Treatment

1. It’s the scariest thing you will ever go through.

It’s actually not. If you can muster up the strength to finally get your life on track, the rest is easy. Once you come to drug and alcohol treatment you are already bettering yourself and have the courage to face it. It’s not going to be easy because some days are good and some days are bad. But it’s worth it at the end if you stick to the program and apply what you learn in treatment to the outside world.

It can be scary at first when you have to open up all your emotions and dig deep into the past to a therapist you barely know. But over time, you will see that talk therapy works and build a relationship with your counselor. You have to be able to trust and let your guard down to open up. That’s the only way this will work.

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The 12 Step Program: A Beginner’s Guide

Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the best-known organizations in the world and is the originator of the now-famous and widely used 12-step model of recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous groups and other 12-step fellowships can be found in virtually every corner of the U.S. and in scores of other countries. In many high-quality addiction treatment programs, participating in AA is an integral and essential part of recovery. The Twelve Steps: A Way of Life The Twelve Steps are a group of spiritual principles that act as a clear, actionable guide for a way of life free of addiction. Moving through the steps…

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Top Tips For Helping Your Spouse to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatment can be a life-saver for individuals whose relationship with drugs or alcohol has gotten out of control. It can also be essential for starting the healing process for their families and loved ones. After all, the road to substance abuse and addiction involves not just the addict but everyone they interact with.

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5 Ways a Substance Abuse Program Teaches You to Win at Life

Substance abuse program offerings extend beyond helping you enter the addiction recovery process. You will also learn to make use of valuable life tools that will always be at hand. Here are five ways a substance abuse program can teach you how to win at life!

1. It Raises Self-Confidence.

Throughout the recovery process, you will learn so much about yourself, gain a healthier self-image, increased self-confidence and self-esteem. You will realize that you are stronger than you had ever realized and capable of doing so much more than you ever knew.

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You May Need Addiction Counseling If…

Addiction counseling may be the solution you’ve been contemplating. Find out the potential signs of addiction so you can reap the benefits of addiction counseling and turn your life around to a healthier and more productive path of recovery. Potential Signs That You May Need Rehab  Here are some of the potential signs that you may need addiction counseling for your relationship with substances and substance use. You hide or lie about how much or how often you use substances. You hide substances in regular places to always have them handy. Substance use has become the center focus of your…

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10 Ways to Achieve Substance Abuse Treatment Success

Substance abuse treatment requires more than just showing up for the program activities and therapy in order to be successful. Here are 10 ways to increase your chances of substance abuse treatment success!

#1:  Be Honest in Substance Abuse Treatment.

Be totally honest during your substance abuse treatment program. Psychotherapy cannot be so effective without the truth and the real facts. Nothing said in treatment is meant to make you feel bad but is designed to help you get better!

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What Will I Talk About in Addiction Counseling?

Addiction counseling is largely made up of psychotherapy, which is a very effective method in treating substance abuse and addiction. Psychotherapy works to find the underlying causes of addiction in order to give you the best tools, answers and strength necessary to fight against addiction and work towards a stable life of recovery. In addiction counseling, you may discuss topics such as home, family, your childhood, your fears and your goals.

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