While addiction has a strong physical component, treating the psychological side of the disease is what keeps many from relapsing. The right addiction counseling services are critical to creating and fostering sustainable recovery. In fact, they create the cornerstone of addiction treatment. At New Bridge Foundation, we use a variety of evidence-based therapies to give individuals the tools they need for long-term recovery.
During individual counseling, our clients can begin discovering the reasons they turned to substances in the first place. It is important to address the cause of the disease rather than just the symptoms.
One of the most common types of counseling techniques is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Using this method, counselors help individuals identify negative thinking patterns that lead to negative behaviors. Once they’ve identified these trends, clients begin to use self-talk and reflection to turn the behaviors around. The goal is to learn to recognize when these thoughts become pervasive so they can replace the thoughts and subsequent actions with more positive behaviors.
Our individual counseling services also include dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental illnesses as well as anger management to teach clients better coping mechanisms and stress relieving techniques. Together with CBT, these strategies help clients to get to know themselves better so they can continue confidently in recovery.
Group therapy has an important place in addiction treatment. Many times, individuals with addictions or other mental disorders isolate themselves. They may feel alone and misunderstood. In group therapy, they’re able to connect with others who are in similar situations. This connection makes it easier to form close bonds and begin opening up.
During group therapy, individuals talk about their experiences with addiction and recovery. While not everyone is required to share with the group, the lead counselor often encourages people to share so that others are able to learn from them. Conversations may revolve around coping methods, missteps in recovery, discovering and avoiding triggers, or ways to prevent relapse.
Family is often people’s largest and most important support system. However, addiction can wound family bonds for various reasons. For one, many people don’t understand that addiction is a disease rather than a choice. Through family counseling, both the person with the addiction as well as their family members are taught how addiction forms and why it’s difficult to overcome.
Additionally, family counseling helps family members learn to support their loved one while maintaining healthy boundaries. Addressing the family dynamic is an important step in helping everyone move on to a healthier future.
Addiction Counseling Services at New Bridge Foundation
New Bridge Foundation is one of the leading addiction treatment facilities in Northern California. We offer proven addiction counseling services and substance abuse treatments that stand the test of time. Additionally, our evidence-based program aims to treat the whole person rather than just his or her addiction.
In addition to our addiction counseling services, we also offer a number of specialized programs, including:
- Dual Diagnosis Services
- LGBTQ+ friendly treatment
- Veterans’ program (Operation Success)
- Hearing impaired program
- Family program
Regardless of the program that our clients choose, they are eligible to receive free aftercare services for life, upon completion of the program. To learn more about our services, contact New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley, CA at 866-772-8491 today.