Holistic rehabilitation for drug or alcohol abuse usually involves counseling or therapies facilitated by licensed professionals. Here are common counseling techniques employed in the rehab setting:
Through a collaborative approach, the counselor will build rapport with the patient and eventually identify and strengthen his/her motivation for change. Motivational interviewing will help a recovering addict recognize his/her strength and weaknesses, and use this realization in decision making. Throughout the therapy, the counselor will seek to determine any barriers to change, such as feelings of ambivalence, and help the patient find solutions to overcoming these barriers.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Using open communication, the therapist will help patients form a list of goals for their recovery and treatment programs. Cognitive behavioral therapy will teach the patient to focus their minds into achieving their set objectives. For instance, recovering addicts may want to get rid of self-deprecating thoughts that make them susceptible to substance abuse. They will be encouraged to analyze related situations and plan courses of action or effective diversions to combat the urge to resort to substance use.
Solution Focused Therapy
Similar to the first two counseling strategies, solution focused therapy aims for the person to develop goals or objectives. However, instead of delving into the past, the counselor will focus on the present and future. Upon acknowledgment of the patient’s current views and actions, the counselor helps the patient formulate healthier and more positive alternatives or coping mechanisms to influence future thoughts and behaviors.