While most experts consider addiction to be a mental health condition, it involves the entire body as well as mind and spirit. Effective addiction treatment must involve the whole person to achieve complete recovery. Are you thinking about seeking addiction recovery help for yourself or someone you love? If so, find a treatment center that will address the whole you, with programs and offerings that include evidence-based treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy for addiction. You may also want to consider other mindfulness-based recovery programs, the opportunity to engage in group support settings, and, if desired, faith-based treatment services as well.
If you are curious about learning more about achieving whole recovery, reach out to Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC). We are an excellent option for people who live locally for outpatient treatment options or anyone from around the country seeking residential rehab. To learn more about our whole-person approach to recovery, call 844.442.8673 today. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit our online form, and an addiction specialist will get back to you.
Whole Recovery for the Entire Person
Whole recovery has two meanings, both of which are important. First, the term refers to complete recovery. Unfortunately, there is no cure for addiction. It is a chronic, remitting disease, meaning it never leaves you, but symptoms can abate entirely and permanently. Though relapse is always possible, it is not the end of recovery. It is merely a stumbling block.
The second and equally accurate definition of whole recovery is the recovery of the entire person. To achieve whole recovery defined the first way, whole recovery must be approached as defined this second way.
The whole-person approach to recovery means that many strands of treatment, not just one, are used in addiction rehab.
Whole Recovery Treatment Opportunities at PAATC
At our recovery centers, a professional team of medical and therapeutic professionals works to provide wrap-around care for the whole person. Doctors, psychologists, social workers, coaches, holistic practitioners, and more offer a range of services to help you achieve whole recovery, including:
- Medically managed detox
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Holistic therapies
- Faith-based therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
Whole Recovery Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) uses principles of mindfulness to address the trauma, false beliefs about self, toxic self-image, and more than often play a significant role in addiction. Dialectical behavior therapy progresses according to key ideas such as those listed below:
- Mindfulness — The mindfulness practice enables you to become fully present and aware in each moment. Mindfulness underscores all the other elements learned in DBT as it helps you tolerate overwhelming emotion, underpins the principle of acceptance, and trains your mind to slow down to realign thinking in positive ways.
- Distress tolerance — This skill is vital in realigning your thinking to the current reality. Defense mechanisms that have worked in the past to protect you from pain, such as denial or avoidance, must be put aside.
- Emotional regulation — The emotional regulation techniques taught in DBT will help you master feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, or grief. Instead of feeling controlled by your emotions, you will see that you have the power to stop them from taking over.
- Interpersonal effectiveness — Addiction is devastating to personal relationships, and this focus of the DBT process will help you heal those relationships and forge healthy new ones.
DBT can occur in one-on-one therapy sessions, either in person or by phone, or group therapy sessions. Often a combination of individual and group counseling is beneficial.
Seek Treatment at Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge
Please reach out today to learn more about how PAATC’s dialectical behavior therapy can help you create profound shifts in your life. Our addiction treatment programs will enable you to walk the path of recovery with confidence and joy. We see the incredible results of this and other evidence-based therapies at our treatment centers in Pennsylvania. We are a phone call or click away. Use our online form or call 844.442.8673. Let your recovery journey begin. We can help.