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Therapeutic Elements

There is no single foolproof approach to help all individuals suffering from substance use disorder considering that every patient is unique. Our team of professionals, here at Chiron, fully understands this reality and that is why they are all knowledgeable and skilled on different therapeutic approaches to fully meet the needs of all clients who seek our services.

The conducting of proper screening and detailed assessment are critical in determining the most suitable treatment for each patient. The results of these processes provide valuable information regarding the physical health, mental condition, and emotional challenges, among others – all of which help greatly in creating the best treatment and recovery plan for the client.

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If you are looking for a rehabilitation facility that can help your loved one in his journey towards healing and recovery, you can rely on us considering that we have the right facilities, specialists, and treatment programs to make the difference. Some of our top therapeutic methods include the following:

Family Therapy

The patient’s family plays an extremely significant role in the treatment of substance abuse disorder as with any other health issues. This fact is where family therapy is essentially anchored on.

Family therapy aims to discover the strengths and resources of the family so that the patient can develop various means to go on living without abusing any drugs or substance. It also works to help the family mend the negative impact of the substance abuse not only on the patient but the entire family as well.

It is important to note that there is a significant difference between family therapy and family-involved therapy. In family therapy, all the members are actively participating in the therapeutic sessions while in family-involved therapy, the members are only educated on substance abuse and its relationship with their family and the patient.

Family therapy is one therapeutic approach that is highly acceptable among various cultures, race, and religion considering the high regard that is given to families. More importantly, the family is believed to be the foundation of a person’s sense of belonging, identification, and acceptance in all parts of the world.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

This kind of therapy was originally designed to help individuals suffering from stress, anxiety, and other disorders related to posttraumatic stress disorder. However, in recent years, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy have been found to be effective in treating substance abuse disorder.

While other forms of therapy are focused on the verbal interaction between the therapist and the patient, EMDR involves the physical participation of the specialist in the process. It includes purposeful therapist-guided eye movements on top of the conversation with the patient.

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The goal of this particular kind of therapy is to reprocess unpleasant experiences and memories so that they will no longer affect the patient’s emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. This is in relation to the belief of EMDR proponents that traumatic thoughts and behaviors stem from traumatic events that were processed incorrectly, thus, stored as an extremely negative memory.

With regard to using EMDR in substance abuse, this therapy aims to break the connection between the positive feelings (sense of pleasure) and destructive behavior (abusing drugs and other substances).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT stemmed from cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to teach the patient various skills that will help him manage his feelings and cope with his cravings. DBT is composed of four components, namely:

  • Skills Training – this involves group sessions led by a skilled therapist who teaches the clients about essential life skills.
  • Individual Therapy – this involves one-on-one sessions wherein patients are encouraged to complete treatment and to apply the essential life skills they have learned in actual situations.
  • Phone Coaching – this component serves as an aftercare support so that patients can readily seek help by calling their therapist when faced with challenging situations that they cannot handle.
  • Therapist Consultation – this component is meant to ensure that DBT specialists continuously undergo consultation and other activities that will further improve their skills so that clients will only receive the best treatment.

DBT is effective in helping substance abuse patients by helping the latter develop crucial behavioral skills like awareness of the consequences of one’s actions, learning to say no without feeling guilty or intimidated, learning to cope with frustrating situations in a nondestructive manner, as well as managing one’s emotions so as not to experience extreme negative emotions.

Psychoeducational Groups

The design of this group therapy model is meant to educate patients about their substance abuse including the consequences and other associated behaviors. To be specific, psychoeducational groups aim to foster complete awareness of the behavioral, medical, and psychological effects abusing drugs, alcohol, and other substances.

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Another goal of this treatment model is to encourage and inspire patients to be ready for treatment. Moreover, it is expected that all the vital lessons and information gathered by the client while undergoing treatment will help in abstaining from using drugs as well as in making more positive and productive choices in the future.

Psychoeducational groups have been found to be useful in helping clients…

  • Fully understand and realize the effects of drug use in all aspects of their lives;
  • Develop an intrinsic need to seek professional help and learn different methods to change.
  • Gain a much deeper understanding of their substance abuse disorder, including factors that hinder and support the recovery process.
  • Receive support from their family members by helping them learn more about the disorder and the family’s need to carry out some changes as well.
  • Expand their knowledge about various techniques that aid the recovery journey such as practicing meditation, anger management, spiritual enhancement, and observing better nutrition.

All the above-mentioned therapeutic approaches have their own strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, our team of treatment professionals has the expertise to determine the right combination of therapies that will be most beneficial to the patient. This is the reason why all our treatment programs include various therapies and treatment models that fully complement one another.


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