Overview of Addiction Therapies

A Comprehensive Overview of Addiction Therapies

Get a comprehensive overview of addiction therapies at Mile High Recovery Center for effective treatment.

Overview of Addiction Therapies Utilized for Recovery

Mile High Recovery Center (MHRC) prioritizes comprehensive addiction treatment. Addiction is an individual experience, so we tailor plans to meet the needs of each client.
MHRC offers a full spectrum of care from detox to outpatient programs. Our approach combines evidence-based therapies with holistic healing practices.
We aim for the long-term recovery of everyone who walks through our doors. Our team equips them with the tools needed for a successful journey toward wellness At Mile High Recovery Center, the path to recovery is paved with support, care, and the highest standards of treatment excellence.
Overview of Addiction Therapies

Overview of Addiction Therapies and the Need for Diverse Treatment Modalities

Addiction is not a one-size-fits-all problem. People struggle with different substances, triggers, and underlying issues. That’s why effective treatment uses a variety of therapies.
The complexity of addiction requires different approaches to treatment. By exploring different approaches, people can find the tools that best target their unique needs and maximize their chances of long-term recovery.

Understanding Addiction Therapy

Addiction therapies encompass a diverse range of interventions. These are designed to address substance use and its underlying causes.
Substance abuse often stems from a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. Addiction therapies address these various aspects to promote comprehensive healing.
Here’s how:

Targeting Underlying Causes

Therapies can delve into the root causes of addiction, such as:
By addressing these issues, people can develop healthier ways of managing difficult emotions.

A Closer Look at Trauma and Addiction

Building Coping Mechanisms

Addiction therapies provide tools to manage cravings, cope with stress, and avoid relapse. These skills empower people to maintain sobriety in the long term.

Relapse Prevention

A crucial component of addiction therapy is relapse prevention planning. Therapies can:
  • Explore triggers
  • Identify high-risk situations
  • Develop strategies to navigate these challenges effectively
This can reduce the likelihood of relapse.

Promoting Mental Well-Being

Addiction often co-occurs with mental health conditions like anxiety or depression. In the U.S., an estimated 9.5 million adults aged 18 and more struggle with both a substance use disorder and a mental illness.1

Despite this high number, only 6% of people with addiction receive treatment.2
Therapies can address these co-occurring disorders. This helps promote overall mental well-being and fosters a foundation for lasting recovery.

The Integrated Approach at Mile High Recovery Center

Mile High Recovery Center offers a diverse range of therapies to address the complexities of addiction. We integrate evidence-based therapies along with holistic approaches to treat addiction.
Some of the most common among them include:
MHRC creates a more comprehensive program by combining different therapies. This allows us to address the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of addiction for long-term success.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Recovery in our treatment programs is guided by evidence-based therapies. These therapies help identify thoughts that lead to cravings and teach skills to manage stress and triggers. This empowers clients to fight addiction and stay on the path to recovery.
One of the most common evidence-based therapies offered at Mile High Recovery Center is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps people recognize thoughts, situations, and emotions that trigger cravings.

Challenging Unhelpful Beliefs

People often hold negative beliefs about themselves and their ability to cope without substances. CBT helps challenge these distorted thoughts. It then replaces them with more realistic and empowering ones.

Developing Coping Skills

Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches practical strategies to manage high-risk situations. These skills can include:
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Communication tools
  • Healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions

Relapse Prevention Planning

Clients work with therapists to identify potential relapse triggers and develop personalized strategies to avoid or cope with them effectively. This proactive approach helps them stay on track and reduces the risk of returning to substance use.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of CBT in addiction treatment. Research indicates that 58% of CBT clients gained a better outcome compared to comparison clients.3
Another study indicates that 60% of clients in the CBT group achieved clean toxicology screens at a 52-week follow-up.4

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy focuses on emotional regulation. It helps people struggling with addiction manage intense emotions in healthy ways.
During therapy sessions, DBT focuses on four main components:

Mindfulness Skills

DBT teaches mindfulness practices to increase awareness of thoughts and bodily sensations. This allows clients to identify urges and cravings before they escalate.

Distress Tolerance

Cravings can be overwhelming if not properly managed, but DBT equips people with the skills to tolerate this distress without resorting to substance use.
These skills might include:
  • Distraction techniques
  • Self-soothing strategies
  • Crisis management plans

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Addiction can put a strain on relationships. Dialectical behavior therapy teaches communication skills to help people:
  • Express needs assertively
  • Set boundaries
  • Navigate difficult interactions effectively

Emotional Regulation

Learning to regulate emotions is crucial for long-term recovery. DBT provides tools to identify and manage intense emotions without turning to substances.
These skills include:
  • Identifying triggers
  • Labeling emotions
  • Using healthy coping mechanisms

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational enhancement therapy is a unique approach that doesn’t focus on telling someone what to do but on helping them discover their motivation for change.
Here’s how it supports people on their recovery journey:

Building Collaboration

Motivational enhancement therapy promotes a collaborative spirit between therapist and client. This respectful environment encourages open communication and exploration of ambivalence about change.

Evoking Desire

The therapist uses specific techniques to elicit the client’s own reasons for wanting to overcome addiction. This strengthens the client’s internal commitment to recovery, making it more sustainable.

Building Confidence

Motivational enhancement therapy helps people identify their strengths and past successes. This builds confidence in their ability to make positive changes and achieve their goals.

Empowering Choice

Motivational enhancement therapy empowers people to take ownership of their recovery. They are not pressured into change but supported in exploring their desires and making decisions. This fosters a sense of self-efficacy which is crucial for long-term success.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Holistic Wellness Opportunities

Holistic therapies at MHRC complement evidence-based approaches by focusing on overall well-being. These therapies can promote relaxation and stress reduction.
Some of the most common holistic therapies utilized at MHRC include:


Meditation is one of the most common holistic therapies offered at MHRC. This practice involves focusing attention and relaxing the mind. Here’s how it contributes to recovery:

Promoting Well-Being

Meditation promotes relaxation and calmness. This can:
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Boost energy levels
  • Enhance mood
All of these factors contribute to a greater sense of well-being. This makes people less susceptible to relapse triggers.

Calming the Nervous System

Stress is a major driver of addiction. Meditation provides tools to manage stress effectively. Through deep breathing exercises and focused awareness, people learn to calm the nervous system and respond to stressful situations in a healthier way.

Enhanced Emotional Regulation

Addiction can be rooted in the inability to manage difficult emotions. Meditation can help people develop greater emotional awareness.
This helps people gain greater control over their emotional state by:
  • Observing emotions without judgment
  • Learning healthy coping mechanisms
This reduces the likelihood of using substances to numb or escape uncomfortable feelings.

Art Therapy

Another holistic therapy offered at MHRC is art therapy. This creative approach allows people to explore their emotions and experiences related to addiction through artistic expression. Here’s how it contributes to recovery:

Emotional Release

Art therapy provides a healthy outlet for emotional release. The creative process can be calming and reduce stress. It can improve mood and increase well-being.

Promotes Relaxation

Engaging in creative activities can be a powerful tool for stress reduction. Art therapy allows people to focus their attention away from worries and anxieties. This promotes relaxation and a sense of inner peace.

Fosters Self-Awareness

Art therapy can foster greater self-awareness. By expressing emotions nonverbally through art, people gain a deeper understanding of their feelings. This can help them develop healthier coping mechanisms to manage emotions without resorting to substances.

Recreational Therapy and Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Recreational therapy utilizes various leisure activities to promote physical, emotional, and social well-being. At Mile High Recovery Center, this might involve:

Games and Group Activities

Engaging in board games, sports, or group outings is important. This can foster:
  • Social interaction
  • Build healthy coping mechanisms
  • Promote a sense of fun and enjoyment

Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Immersing oneself in nature can have a profound healing effect. Outdoor adventure therapy may involve hiking, camping, or other nature-based activities.
The aim of these activities is to promote:
  • Physical activity
  • Teamwork
  • Connection with the natural world
These experiences can enhance self-confidence and foster a sense of accomplishment.

Music Therapy

Music therapy utilizes music and musical experiences to address various physical, emotional, and social needs.
At Mile High Recovery Center, music therapy may involve:
  • Listening to music: Carefully selected music can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and evoke positive emotions.
  • Creating music: Clients can express themselves through singing, playing instruments, or songwriting. This creative outlet can be a powerful tool for emotional processing and self-discovery.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Individual Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy sessions are the cornerstone of Mile High Recovery Center’s program. Here, clients meet one-on-one with a qualified therapist to explore their unique experiences with addiction. Research suggests that individual therapy utilizes 95% of addiction treatment resources.5
These sessions provide a safe space to explore personal challenges and roadblocks to recovery.
Therapists work collaboratively with clients to:
  • Identify triggers
  • Develop coping mechanisms
  • Set realistic goals for long-term sobriety

The Role of Confidentiality

Confidentiality and a non-judgmental environment are important aspects of individual therapy. This allows clients to openly explore:
  • Underlying issues
  • Past traumas
  • Triggers that may have contributed to their addiction
This openness is essential for uncovering the root causes of addiction and fostering healing.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Therapeutic Techniques in Individual Therapy

Individual therapy goes beyond simply talking. Therapists utilize a variety of techniques tailored to each client’s needs:
  • Exploration: Therapists guide clients in exploring their emotions, thoughts, and experiences related to addiction. This is done through open-ended questions and active listening. This exploration helps identify patterns and triggers that contribute to substance use.
  • Processing: Once underlying issues are identified, therapists help clients healthily process these experiences. This can involve cognitive reframing and emotional release exercises.
  • Skill-building: Therapists work with clients to develop coping mechanisms. This might include relaxation techniques, communication skills, or relapse prevention planning.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Group Therapy Sessions

Mile High Recovery Center recognizes the power of shared experience in addiction recovery. That’s why we offer group therapy sessions. This helps clients connect with peers in a supportive and facilitated environment.
These sessions involve group discussions, activities, and exercises designed to:

Foster Connection

Addiction can be isolating. Group therapy combats this by allowing people to connect with others who understand their struggles. Shared experiences create a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness.

Provide Support

Group members offer each other encouragement, feedback, and support. Witnessing others overcome challenges can motivate and develop a shared purpose in recovery.

Develop Social Skills

Group therapy provides a safe space to:
  • Practice healthy communication skills
  • Express emotions constructively
  • Navigate interpersonal conflicts
These skills are crucial for building positive relationships in recovery.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: The Format of Group Sessions

Mile High Recovery Center offers various group therapy formats to cater to individual needs. Here’s a look at some key types:

Psychoeducational Groups

These groups focus on education and awareness about addiction. Clients learn about:
  • The science of addiction
  • Relapse triggers
  • Coping mechanisms
This knowledge empowers them to make informed choices on their recovery journey.

Process Groups

These explore the underlying thoughts, emotions, and experiences that contribute to addiction. Through open communication and group interaction, clients gain insights into themselves and others. This helps build personal growth.

Support Groups

Support groups provide a safe space for peer-to-peer support and encouragement. Sharing experiences, challenges, and successes strengthens motivation. It also fosters a sense of community in recovery.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Family Therapy

Mile High Recovery Center understands that addiction affects the entire family. That’s why we offer family therapy sessions, where clients and their loved ones take part in therapy together.
These sessions provide a safe space to address:
  • Family dynamics
  • Communication patterns
  • Relationship issues
Here is a detailed exploration of how family therapy benefits people in recovery:

Improved Functioning

Addiction can disrupt family dynamics. Family therapy helps families identify unhealthy patterns and communication styles.
Therapists guide them in:
  1.  Developing healthier ways to interact
  2.  Resolving conflicts constructively
  3.  Building stronger relationships

Conflict Resolution

Addiction can create resentment and anger within families. Family therapy provides a safe space for open communication. This allows family members to express their feelings and work through conflicts.
In turn, this leads to a greater sense of understanding and forgiveness.

Stronger Support System

Recovery thrives on a supportive network. Family therapy equips families with the tools to understand addiction better and support their loved one’s journey. This creates a stronger support system which is essential for long-term success.

A Closer Look at Family Therapy

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Medication-Assisted Treatment

Our MAT program incorporates FDA-approved medications alongside counseling and behavioral therapies.
MAT utilizes medications to:
  • Manage withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce cravings
  • Prevent relapse
These medications work by interacting with the brain’s reward system. It lessens the pleasurable effects of substances and makes them less appealing.

A Closer Look at MAT

Counseling and Therapy in MAT

Mile High Recovery Center integrates counseling and behavioral therapies into MAT. This combination helps people:
  • Address the underlying causes of addiction
  • Develop coping mechanisms 
  • Build life skills for recovery

Benefits of MAT

The following are some benefits of medication-assisted treatment:

Reduced Cravings

MAT reduces the intense cravings associated with substance addiction. By curbing cravings, MAT helps people focus on their recovery without constant struggle. This reduction in cravings is crucial for long-term sobriety and stability.

Withdrawal Management

Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who has been using a substance suddenly stops or reduces their intake. The body, having adapted to the presence of the substance, struggles to readjust to its absence.
MAT alleviates the severe symptoms of withdrawal, making the detox process more manageable. It provides a safer transition from dependence to sobriety by medically stabilizing the body.

Increased Treatment Retention

People receiving MAT are more likely to remain engaged in their treatment programs. Combining medications with counseling improves the chance of long-term success.

Overview of Addiction Therapies: Key Considerations of Using Medication-Assisted Treatment

Below are some important points to consider in regards to using MAT as a part of treatment:
  • Medical supervision: MAT must be closely monitored by healthcare professionals. Adjustments and regular health assessments are essential.
  • Risk of misuse: Clients often misuse MAT medications. That is why only 10.38% of people with opioid use disorders were prescribed medication-assisted treatment in 2020.6
  • Stigma and misunderstandings: The stigma around MAT can impact acceptance and support. Some people view MAT as simply replacing one drug with another. Misunderstandings may arise regarding its role in recovery.

How Mile High Recovery Center Manages MAT Considerations

Mile High Recovery Center addresses these considerations through a comprehensive approach. We monitor each patient’s MAT protocol, including the dosage and outcomes.
We also emphasize combining MAT with counseling and behavioral therapies. This provides a holistic treatment experience.
Overview of Addiction Therapies

Find the Path to Recovery at Mile High Recovery Center

Mile High Recovery Center offers a wide range of addiction therapies, including a mix of evidence-based approaches and holistic modalities, to address the physical, mental, and emotional facets of addiction.

Customized Treatment Experience at MHRC

It is impossible to find a single approach that works well for everybody. Mile High Recovery Center encourages you to explore our various therapies and choose those that resonate with your needs, preferences, and treatment goals.
Our experienced team will work with you to create a personalized plan for lasting recovery.

Take the First Step Today

Addiction can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Mile High Recovery Center is here to support you on your journey to healing and recovery.
With a variety of effective therapies available, we can empower you to achieve long-term sobriety and a life of wellness. Reach out today and take the first step towards a brighter future.

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