Addiction is a potentially life-threatening problem. Society has been making great progress in recognizing addiction and fighting the stigma around it so that we can have an open conversation about how individuals can solve this tragic problem and escape the cycle of suffering. Twelve step therapy has been around for over 80 years and has proven effective for millions of recovering addicts. Practitioners have developed many other new approaches to therapy in the last few decades. At Seasons Bali, we take a comprehensive approach using an array of therapies and focusing on the methods that work best for each individual client.
What is the best type of therapy for addiction treatment?
It depends on the individual. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective therapies for addiction treatment.
Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy
Since 1935, the twelve step program has helped millions of people recover. The twelve step program is central to our process at Seasons Bali. It is not magic; it is just a plan that shows you the work that you need to do to break free. Our experienced counselors guide clients through the process, helping them when they stumble and encouraging them to press on towards recovery. Clients begin by admitting that they have a problem that they cannot control. Seasons Bali’s experienced staff help clients fearlessly face their history and chart a course to a better future.
Some people are put off by the apparent focus on “God” in 12 step programs. Seasons Bali staff is adept at guiding adamant atheists to create their own conception of their guiding higher power – which might be, for instance, a commitment to uphold the principles of secular humanism. Addicts, constricted by shame, are often reluctant to reach out to other people and tend to try be entirely self-reliant, but to recover, you need the support of a community. If you are an alcoholic, you can think of “GOD” as an acronym for “Group of Drunks” and use the higher power of the recovery community to guide you. Or you can focus on process, and establish a “Good, Orderly Direction” as your guiding higher power.
At Seasons Bali, all of our therapy is guided by the principles of client-centered therapy. Because this effort is about you. We are here to support you, and we commit to showing empathetic understanding and unconditional care and respect. In therapy, you will learn to be open to new experiences and ideas, to trust yourself, to evaluate yourself honestly without “beating yourself up,” and to develop not just a willingness, but enthusiasm for the process of learning and growth.
There is an old joke: “Q: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change.” Beating addiction and getting into recovery and staying there is often difficult. You really have to want it. In motivational interviewing, therapists ask clients questions that help them recognize that they have many compelling reasons to strive for recovery. The first step of this therapy is to establish factors that provide strong motivation for change. The second step is to ask questions that lead the individual to commit to doing the hard work required to produce that change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT therapists work with clients to change the way they think and act. Working with a therapist, people suffering from addiction learn to identify patterns of thought that drive them to resort to their addiction. Once you have identified these patterns, you learn how to predict and interrupt them, replacing them with healthier patterns. Your therapist will help you increase your self-esteem, helping you cast away unreasonable beliefs that you are unworthy. You will learn to overcome fear and develop a habit of taking action with the confidence that you can achieve your goals with gradual steps. You can learn more about how CBT supports addiction recovery here.
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
Neuro-linguistic programming harnesses the connection between neurological processes, language, and behavior. Neurological patterns learned through experience are evident in language. Behavior arises from these patterns. To change behavior, we can reprogram our neurological patterns using carefully chosen language and reading and delivering subtle nonverbal cues.
Our NLP expert creates an almost hypnotic rapport with clients using both verbal and nonverbal communication. Clients then learn to recognize their internal representations of the external world and reprogram these inner thoughts in healthier patterns. In the final step of NLP, clients envision future scenarios and rehearse their newly reprogrammed responses to challenging situations. While some condemn NLP as pseudo-science (and clients are welcome to opt-out) the core of this approach is sound, and some of our clients have achieved great results with this approach.
Theta Meditation Therapy
Theta meditation therapy guides addicts to dig deep into their view of reality to root out harmful and limiting beliefs. Therapists guide the client to enter into a meditative state that can be described scientifically; during this meditation, the theta wave, an objective measure of brain activity is dominant. Theta state reduces stress and anxiety, facilitating the client’s efforts to fearlessly confront their unhealthy beliefs. We offer several other types of therapy in our holistic addiction recovery program.
Clients at Seasons Bali participate in a range of less direct, but very helpful approaches to combating addiction. Art and drama therapy can help you open up and freely express difficult and painful things. Yoga classes help clients reconnect with and cherish their bodies. Meditation can help you to quiet your mind and cope with anxiety, anger, and other difficult emotions. Beach visits, healthy leisure activities, and cultural tourism help clients connect with other people and find a sense of joy and gratitude for the good things in life.
Learn More About Our Addiction Recovery Program
Seasons Bali offers support for people struggling with addiction. You are here reading this, so it is probably time for you or someone you care about to take the first step towards a much better life. It takes work but you can leave the unfulfilling cycle and the suffering behind.
If someone you care about has a problem with drugs or alcohol or any other form of addiction, talk to someone who understands. We are here to help. Call one of our experts today at (toll-free Australia) 1800 288 348 +61 398045757 or email us at [email protected] and we will call you.