Counseling & Therapy
At Beachside Rehab, we offer a wide variety of approaches as part of our drug and alcohol treatment program. By using a combination of therapy methods, we work towards relapse prevention – giving our patients the best chance at long-lasting recovery.
Upon entering Beachside Rehab’s treatment program, each patient is assessed, and a unique treatment plan is created to tackle their specific needs. We consider everything from the patient’s medical history to mental health concerns, as well as their detox and nutritional requirements.
With our low patient-to-therapist ratio, we ensure that each patient receives individual attention. One-on-one sessions with a professional therapist help patients to feel safe in a private environment. The patient can begin to examine and discuss issues they may not feel comfortable disclosing to others, and learn to let go of the feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety surrounding their addiction.
Group therapy is an effective way for patients to learn trust and honesty with others, while still in a safe environment. Surrounded by peers who have had similar experiences, patients can feel liberated and inspired knowing that they are not alone. They also learn to empathize with others, and understand how their addiction can affect those around them.
At Beachside Rehab, we have group therapy sessions three times a week. Patients meet with a doctor, a therapist, and a case worker in separate meetings – helping them focus on different aspects of their recovery in manageable sessions.
Relapse Prevention Group
Sober living is not always a simple matter of ‘saying no’ to drugs and alcohol. Relapse is fairly common with recovering addicts, especially when they are faced with emotional upsets or difficult situations.
Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) uses cognitive-behavioral principles to improve the patient’s chances at long-term sobriety, by teaching them effective coping strategies. RPT helps patients to identify their specific triggers, learn how to avoid triggers where possible, and how to manage their feelings when they have urges to return to substance abuse.
For many patients, previous trauma plays a significant role in their progression to addiction. In some cases, they may be diagnosed with PTSD as well as a substance-abuse problem (also known as dual diagnosis).
Trauma therapy is similar to group therapy, as patients meet in small groups with a licensed therapist. In trauma therapy, patients uncover and explore the traumatic events that shaped their behaviors, while also learning that the past does not determine who they are. By learning to focus on the present, patients can heal and move forward with their lives. EMDR therapy is an effective technique that employed at Beachside Rehab and helps with stress and trauma in general, as well as more intense but related disorders such as PTSD and anxiety disorder.
You don’t need to be ‘artistic’ to enjoy the benefits of art therapy. This form of treatment uses creative expression to help patients uncover and confront their emotions.
The artistic process encourages mindfulness in patients, while also letting their minds ‘wander’. It can be very meditative, and has a calming effect. For this reason, art therapy is often used as a tool for stress management. It can also be used to help patients address boundary issues and negative feelings. The act of creating (even if it’s as simple as a finger painting) can be very empowering, boosting patients’ self-esteem and giving them a sense of agency.
At Beachside Rehab, we include painting, drawing, sculpting, and mosaics as part of our art therapy treatment.
To learn more about our therapeutic approaches and practices, contact Beachside Rehab and speak to one of our professional counselors.