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Why Your Therapists Aren’t Your Enemy

Why Your Therapists Aren’t Your Enemy

No one enjoys digging up and discussing painful memories, but it is part of the recovery process

Therapy is an essential component to addiction recovery, but a growing negativity toward addiction therapists has blocked individuals from recovery. Many therapists are seen as the enemy, partially because they help people overcome psychological problems, which requires incredibly painful work. Many people think of addiction recovery as ending physical addiction—overcoming withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings—but it is much more difficult and much more important to tackle the physiological components of addiction. This latter task allows people to change the thoughts, behaviors and other factors that contributed to their addictive tendencies in the first place. No one enjoys digging up and discussing painful memories, but it is part of the recovery process. In other words, the therapist is not the enemy, but addiction.

Therapists bring patients healing and restoration. They work to reduce stress and other triggers that can stimulate addictive tendencies and relapse. Meanwhile, therapy is diverse, but people who doubt therapists may think that therapy consists of awkward one-on-one sessions with cold, unfriendly therapists jotting down notes. There are numerous forms of therapy that restore people’s lives after addiction: therapy can occur in a group or family setting; it may be talk therapy, behavior therapy, creative therapy, adventure therapy or more. You must find the therapy style and therapist that work best for your unique recovery needs. When you do so, then you can create the life skills that are needed for recovery. You can implement the best thoughts, feelings and behaviors for a life without drugs.

Recovering addicts must be willing to overcome their insecurities and uncomfortable feelings toward therapists. They must recognize the job of the therapist and the reasoning behind her questioning. If you cannot trust your therapist, then you will stay locked up and nullify the therapeutic process. You must feel safe with your therapist, because she wants to build that sense of trust and respect with you. If a therapist shows good rapport, professionalism, understanding, empathy and genuineness, and if she has good communication and clear boundaries, then you may naturally establish such trust.

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