In a recent study, it was found that those with severe schizophrenia have benefitted from talk therapy, a common form of therapy used in addiction treatment. Learn more about talk therapy and how it can benefit both addiction recovery and mental health.
What is Talk Therapy?
Also known as Psychotherapy, Talk Therapy is a general umbrella term for different therapeutic techniques. Heavily associated with Psychoanalysis, Talk Therapy is used to describe a range of treatment approaches, including Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Two of the most common Talk Therapies are Cognitive Behavioral and Interpersonal. Cognitive Behavioral works to identify negative thought patterns and how they affect overall quality of life. During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the client develops strategies for changing these negative thought patterns into positive ones. Interpersonal Therapy, on the other hand, focuses more on relationships. This includes how to make positive changes to improve them.
During talk therapy, the client discusses problems, challenges, and life-changing events that are both positive and negative. One of the main focuses of Talk Therapy is defusing self-defeating assumptions in order to better handle the symptoms associated with mental illness. The goal of Talk Therapy is to gain insight and relief from mental health issues, including addiction.
Mental Health Issues and Addiction
Although most people afflicted with addiction are not schizophrenic, it is not uncommon for addiction to develop from an individual’s attempt to self-medicate. Those struggling with mental health issues, including schizophrenia, turn to drugs and alcohol hoping to find relief from the symptoms and difficulties associated with their mental health illness.
One key to achieving long-lasting sobriety involves uncovering the underlying issues that led to addiction. These often include mental health issues. Should a mental health issue be revealed during the course of addiction treatment, it is called a dual diagnosis. The customized addiction treatment plan must address the addiction as well as the mental health issue in order for the client to experience lifelong sobriety.
Being able to clearly separate the addiction from the underlying issues is the first step. Understanding the tools developed during treatment to help work through an addiction can also help clients cope with the effects of a mental health illness like schizophrenia.
Dual Diagnosis at Clarity Way
A client may seek professional addiction treatment because of a substance abuse problem, but there can be underlying issues that exacerbate his or her condition. These issues can make recovery from addiction difficult unless they are addressed.
Clarity Way specializes in dual diagnosis. We work with each client to develop a customized treatment plan that addresses all aspects of health: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Each treatment plan is tailored to the specific needs of the client to address his or her challenges, goals, and interests.
With the findings in this study, it is clear that not only does therapy play a key role in recovering from substance abuse, it can also have an incredibly positive impact on other mental health issues, especially schizophrenia.