Thornton Colorado provides an incredible environment for people in recovery. The rocky mountains are a great resource for people to engage in outdoor activities in tandem with traditional evidenced based therapies. Rather than dive into the various outdoor activities available to you in Colorado, we’ve decided to dive into the evidenced based therapeutic practice you’re likely to encounter while pursuing your Thornton Addiction therapy treatment.

What is Addiction Therapy?

Regardless of what level of care you receive in addiction treatment, there’s several prominent therapeutic approaches you’re likely to encounter. Below is a brief overview of each.

The first and arguably most prevalent therapy is Motivational Interviewing (MI). This counseling technique is an evidenced based approach to creating behavioral change. In essence, it helps propagate client change through exploring and resolving ambivalence within clients. When used in conjunction with other therapies listed below, it can be incredibly effective.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is most commonly used to treat people with mood disorders, marital problems and addiction. The idea behind CBT is to influence people’s perspectives and subsequent actions before they behave in a certain way. This is done by identifying certain emotions, thought patterns and reframing them in ways to help people act in ways conducive with their ideal selves.

Additionally, EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a technique used to treat PTSD and other forms of trauma. When people experience trauma, it can be incredibly difficult to reorient someone’s mind to a “normal” state. Fortunately, EMDR provides a ton of evidence to suggest its therapeutic success when used in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

This counseling technique works by having clients relive images, emotions, body sensations or other aspects that bring forth one’s traumatic experiences. While the client is reliving their trauma in a safe and supportive environment, they are asked to produce bilateral stimulation like moving their eyes back and forth or tapping their fingers in a rhythmic motion on either side of their body. If you or someone you love has experienced trauma and wants to explore different types of therapeutic approaches, contact us today or speak to a qualified mental health professional. 

The last type of therapy we’ll discuss is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT. This approach focuses on helping people reconcile their internal conflicting ideas. It focuses on emotional regulation, mindfulness, healthy communication and distress tolerance to help navigate one’s conflicting ideologies and their place within the world. Most commonly, DBT is used to treat addiction, relational problems, personality disorders and more.

If you or your loved one needs addiction therapy, look no further! Contact our team today to learn more about our therapeutic services.