Substance abuse therapy techniques

Beating drugs and alcohol with proven addiction therapy techniques

Why do substance abuse therapy techniques work?

Overcoming addiction requires holistic treatment of the mind, body, and spirit. Medical treatments can only go so far. Therapy techniques give addicts the tools to find their own way out from addiction. Addiction therapy techniques allow addicts to step outside the physical reliance on drugs and alcohol, and address the core reasons why they have formed harmful addictions.

Substance abuse therapy techniques can help addicts in:

  • Addressing trauma at the source of the condition
  • Recognising and changing maladaptive behaviours
  • Sharing experiences with other addicts in rehab
  • Repairing damaged relationships with self and others
  • Managing sobriety and preventing relapse

Learn more about the different kinds of addiction therapy techniques

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Will therapy work for my addiction issues?

Like many facets of addiction treatment, the success of addiction therapy techniques will largely depend on the individual being treated. Certain people respond to and engage more effectively with therapies. On the other hand, different therapists and members of the treatment team can influence the outcome of therapy. The key is finding out exactly what works for you.


Drug addiction therapy can help address the underlying issues that addicts face. We tackle the social, emotional, and psychological elements of drugs, including:

  • Obsession and compulsion
  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Negative response to triggers
  • Personal denial and compulsive lying
  • Apathy and dissociation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings and aggression
  • Fear and paranoia
  • Family and romantic issues
  • Increases in risky behaviour
  • Destroyed self-worth and confidence
  • Damaged relationship with the self


Dependence on alcohol carries with it a range of social, emotional, and psychological consequences. These can be managed with therapy, and include:

  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut back on drinking
  • Preoccupation with the next drink
  • Anger when sobering up
  • Changes in personality and mood
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Loss of social inhibition
  • Problems at work and home
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Damaged to self esteem and self worth
  • Inability to function without alcohol
  • Continuing to drink despite consequences

Dual diagnosis

Drug and alcohol addiction often needs to be treated in tandem with a range of mental health issues. Therapy can help address:

  • Violent thoughts and actions towards self and others
  • Triggers, compulsion, and obsession
  • Disassociation with reality
  • Compulsive lying and denial
  • Rapid, noticeable mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Paranoia and psychosis
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Aggression and anger
  • Reclusiveness and apathy
  • Damaged relationships with family and friends
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Damaged to self esteem and self worth

The long term benefits of successful addiction therapy techniques

How addiction therapy techniques work in our rehab programs

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Frequently asked questions about alcohol addiction treatment

How will I know which therapy is right for me?

In short, you won't know until you try. Treating substance abuse and dual diagnosis with therapy is about discovering what works for each patient. No two patients will respond the same way to the same treatment. For example, you might make solid ground in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but absolutely disengage with group therapy, or vice versa.

At The Hader Clinic, we employ a range of professionals across disciplines including medicine, psychology, and counselling to ensure that you are receiving the holistic treatment you need to succeed in recovery.

What happens in therapy if I relapse?

Relapse is not a dirty word. In fact, when a patient relapses, it is often a sign that some element of treatment is not working as it should. A relapse gives patients and their treatment team the opportunity to uncover the root of why the particular treatment is not working. From here, we can realign our expectations and move forward with treatment.

How can I be more successful going through therapy?

When it comes to therapy, you only get out what you put in. If you are engaged and follow treatment as it is prescribed to you, you will have greater success than if you were to 'phone it in'. People that engage with therapy at the highest possible level often record having extremely positive experiences — ones that turn into good habits, which have lasting impacts on the patient.

Are medications used in therapy for substance addiction?

Yes. If deemed necessary by the treatment team, patients can receive medication to help aid their experience in therapy. Medications are already used to manage cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms from substances like opiates, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. In therapy, medications can also help manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional symptoms.

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