Have you found it almost impossible to imagine being free from the grips of addiction? Have you doubted your ability to enter recovery? Have you experienced pressure from loved ones to conquer your addiction but are unsure of how to proceed – or whether you even desire to proceed?
At Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy, we are excited to be able to offer several therapists who have experience and expertise in providing that very important outpatient link in helping individuals overcome addiction. Our therapists come from diverse approaches to addiction treatment, including CBT, SMART, and 12-Step approaches.
Wherever you are on your journey to wellness, we would love to meet your outpatient needs. Some people come to us directly from inpatient rehabilitation centers, while others may be at the beginning of their recovery journey. Some people request multiple therapy sessions each week when they first come for outpatient therapy and then narrow to one therapy session per week. Each of our addiction therapists can help you decide what is best for you as together you develop a plan to address your unique needs.
We desire to help people return to healthy patterns of life. We want you to experience success in your family relationships, your social relationships, and your ability to function in the workplace. We also have family therapists who are willing to work with your family members to optimize and improve your overall family functioning. Our therapists help people become ready for positive change that will lead them to success that can be sustained.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used in addiction treatment to assist individuals in identifying self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. Often the way we feel about addiction governs our thoughts about addiction. CBT helps in examining thoughts related to addiction that may actually be working against recovery. These include destructive and negative thought patterns that may also be prompting depression. At BATT, we are capable of treating both addiction and any other mental health issues they may have been driving the addiction or appeared as a result of the addictive process. CBT allows people to explore the connection between self-destructive thoughts and self-destructive actions. It allows the therapist and the individual to identify alternatives to the self-destruction and develop coping strategies that are practical for everyday life. CBT is problem-focused and actively addresses the relationship between the substance and the individual. CBT helps individuals recognize and act upon the maladaptive beliefs and thought patterns that drive addiction behavior.
SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, and this approach has been used for all types of addictions in addition to substances. A SMARt approach to recovery is very different from a Twelve Step approach to recovery. The goals of SMART include teaching self-empowerment and self-reliance. SMART provides tools and techniques for change that is self-directed. The approach has a focus on education and open discussion and identification of alternative approaches to recovery. Most importantly, SMART emphasizes the importance of using prescribed medications and psychotherapy as assistive aids in recovery. SMART focuses on four important goals that include building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and living a balanced life.
Probably the most well-known approach to addiction is the Twelve Step Program associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, which accounts for approximately 75% of the treatment being offered today. It is assumed with this approach that treatment will not be successful until individuals surrender to a Higher Power. This approach asserts that individuals can help each other to maintain abstinence through regular meetings where experiences are shared and individuals support one another. Individuals for whom spirituality is an essential priority have found this approach to be helpful.