“Therapy” is a broad term to describe a treatment system that has multiple components. Therapy is most commonly associated with psychotherapy or “talk” therapy, but this is only one of many therapeutic approaches. The main goal of therapy is to relieve emotional distress and other symptoms associated with mental health conditions, including substance use disorders. As every individual is different, so should be the therapy they receive. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand that treatment must be customized to meet each client’s unique needs to be effective, which is why we provide an extensive array of therapy programs.
Deciding to seek addiction therapy does not come easily for most. With so many treatment options available, it can feel overwhelming to know which to choose. If you have questions about what types of therapy can benefit you, Westwind Recovery® can help.
Common Myths About Addiction Therapy
While nearly half of adults in the United States will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime, the number who will seek help is disproportionally low. In recent years, the medical and mental health communities have done much work to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health, but it remains a barrier to seeking treatment for many.
Here are some of the common myths associated with the stigma of seeking therapy:
- It is for people who are “crazy” or “mental.”
- It is for people who are weak and do not have the willpower to help themselves.
- You need to have a mental health problem to go to therapy.
- All therapists want to talk about is your relationship with your parents.
- All therapists say is, “How does that make you feel?”
- Therapy doesn’t work.
- All therapists are the same.
Therapy benefits anyone suffering from a mental health condition such as anxiety, trauma, depression, PTSD, or addiction. However, therapy can also be beneficial for helping people cope with significant life events such as divorce, chronic illness, loss, career changes, or relationship issues. Choosing to seek therapy and confront your thoughts, feelings, and behavior is challenging and takes courage.
Therapists are just as unique as the individuals they treat. Therefore, sometimes you have to work with several therapists before finding the one who works best for you, which can be frustrating. When people say they tried therapy and it “didn’t work,” most likely the therapist they saw wasn’t the right fit for them or were not fully committed to the process.
Westwind Recovery® Offers Different Types of Therapy Programs
At Westwind Recovery®, we honor the individuality of each person who comes to us for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. While there are broad commonalities of symptoms, the effects of mental health disorders, including substance abuse & addiction, are unique to each individual. The evidence-based, holistic, and integrative treatment modalities we offer are all designed to be adaptable to meet the needs of each of our clients.
As you consider your options for recovery, know that the treatment team at Westwind Recovery® will work with you to determine which of our therapy programs will be the most beneficial for helping you heal and achieve your therapeutic goals. Following are some of the therapy programs we offer:
- Family therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
- Adventure therapy program
- Mental health treatment programs
- Art therapy program
- Music therapy program
- Chronic pain management program
In individual and group therapy sessions, your therapist may utilize various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, or dialectical behavior therapy. For the most part, therapists draw on several therapeutic philosophies and methods to develop an approach best suited to your needs.
Discover Individualized Therapy at Westwind Recovery®
Westwind Recovery® is ready to support you in your recovery. To learn more about addiction therapy and the many therapy programs we offer, contact us through our online form. Through individualized treatment designed to meet your unique needs, our team will help you realize your recovery goals.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.