Searidge Drug Rehab’s main therapeutic component for addiction treatment is psychotherapy. Searidge prides itself in offering scientifically research-based addiction treatments that target each resident’s individual therapeutic needs and goals. All of our psychotherapies are effective and evidence-based tools used widely in drug addiction treatment. What sets us apart from other addiction treatment centers is how we incorporate these techniques into our therapeutic repertoire. As a small drug rehab centre we are ideally positioned to offer residents great individuality and flexibility in their treatments compared to larger addiction treatment facilities, and the results are promising.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of talk therapy that applies to a number of cognitive-based therapies, including Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT). It aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and thought processes through a goal-oriented and systematic procedure. It has been proven that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for a variety of mental health issues related to drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
At Searidge Drug Rehab we offer group and individual sessions, as both have advantageous and unique results:
Group therapy offers residents the benefit of a wider perspective and peer encouragement and emotional support. It encourages residents to share with and support one another, which fosters empathy and compassion and the understanding that there are many other individuals struggling through similar issues.
Individual therapy allows residents to discuss one-on-one with a counsellor issues that they may not feel comfortable talking about in a group setting. This offers residents a much more thorough and targeted therapy than the group sessions in which specific issues can be discussed and brought to a resolution.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
REBT is based on the concept that actions and emotions are first and foremost affected by our interpretation of events, and by not the events themselves. For this reason it is of utmost importance to maintain rational and healthy beliefs, rather than irrational and self-defeating ones that draw one into an unhealthy spiral of negative thinking. These types of irrational beliefs often result in depression and anxiety, both disorders commonly self-medicated by drug abuse.
This process happens in a set of three stages, or A-B-C: A, adversity (the event); B, belief; and C, consequences. An example of this would be in the case of a bad break-up. An unhealthy, irrational thought could be ‘I am useless I can never be with anyone’ and a consequence could be to withdraw and abuse drugs due to the unhealthy emotions that result.
In REBT, our counsellors work with residents at Searidge Drug Rehab to identify the sources of these irrational beliefs and work together to replace them with healthier and more rational thought processes. We teach residents to challenge their self-defeating beliefs, to draw on a new and effective philosophy, and develop a new set of feelings that are no longer debilitating. Unconditional self-acceptance is the most important outcome of successful REBT and the counselling staff at Searidge works hard to inspire you to this level.
This therapy focuses on exploring how unconscious thought affects behaviour. In this type of therapy a counsellor works with residents to explore unresolved conflicts and the symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships. Being able to pinpoint these issues allows us to directly target and work to resolve stressors and behaviours that can lead to substance abuse. This helps residents resolve past issues and boosts self-esteem.
This is a very in-depth therapy that relies largely on the relationship between the counsellor and resident. Our experienced team works closely with each and every resident to make sure they feel comfortable open up to the counsellors in confidence and trust.
Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)
Cognitive Bias Modification is a computer-based therapy. Residents are shown a series of images to which they have to respond in a positive or negative way using a joystick to move towards or away from an image. An image implying drug use, such as a needle, would mean mean pushing the joystick away, both physically and mentally denying the substance abuse imagery. Going through this practice repeatedly effectively trains the brain to move away from negative addiction-related imagery and, as a result, the objects pictured. In conjunction with CBT, CBM has proven to result in higher rates of recovery.