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The Different Kinds of Addiction Therapy

When you go to rehab, you’ll encounter a lot of different things. One of those things will be different kinds of addiction therapy. It is important to avoid getting overwhelmed by all the different kinds of therapy or think it is overkill. By taking several different approaches, you are actually making sure that you have a well-rounded course of care and a great chance at a positive, sober outcome. Plus, switching things up day-to-day keeps things interesting!

Addiction Therapy Explained

Throughout your treatment at Wellness Retreat Recovery, you will encounter four primary types of addiction therapy. They are:

-Individual Therapy

-Group Therapy

-Family Therapy


Each of these four kinds of therapies have their own specific purpose, designed to help you understand yourself, your addiction, and how you can prevent a relapse in the future. Therapy also addresses any underlying issues or mood disorders you may have, as those play a huge role in addiction.

Since going to rehab can be scary enough as it is, here is a simple guide to the different kinds of therapies so that you know what to expect!

Individual Therapy for Addiction

Individual therapy is exactly what it sounds like – one on one time where you can sit down with your therapist and talk about issues that are personal to you. Since the focus is on you only, you can use the time to really dig deep into your personal issues and come up with solutions with the help of your therapist. Also, you can discuss private things you may not be comfortable discussing in a group. Individual therapy usually takes place one to a few times per week depending on your needs, and the frequency can be adjusted as treatment progresses.

Group Addiction Therapy

There are many different kinds of group therapies you can expect when you come to treatment. In group therapy you will be together with your peers. Because we never have more than six clients at our facility at once, you can expect the group to always be small. On a daily basis, you will get together with your peers for a process group, where the conversation will be moderated by a therapist and addiction-related topics. Together you will share experiences and come up with solutions. Group therapy is a completely judgement-free atmosphere.

Group therapy can take many different forms. For example, you may take a therapeutic painting or writing class. These are designed to help you develop a healthy outlet for your feelings. These kinds of classes allow you to live in the present moment and focus on what is in front of you. Living in the present is extremely important when trying to recover from addiction.

Family Therapy

As they say, addiction is a family disease. It is important that all of those close to you stay in the loop on your progress. In family addiction therapy, they will also learn how to cope with your addiction. Also, how to help you have the strongest recovery possible. Having a support system after rehab is vital to your success. Engaging your family is the first step in accomplishing that.


This is the more scientific part of therapy. During biofeedback, your responses to stimuli will be measured as a baseline. Together, we will work on ways to reduce anxiety and extreme reactions. You will learn practical ways to respond to stressful situations. Your progress will be continuously monitored throughout treatment. By studying your responses, your team of caregivers will be able to better understand how your mind works. They will be able to come up with personalized techniques to help you recover from addiction successfully.

As you see, addiction therapy comes in many forms. We believe in a well rounded approach that consists of many different kinds of therapy in order to achieve maximum success!