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Addiction Therapy

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

Does Psychotherapy Treat Addiction?

Many different types of therapy are used to improve the quality of life in a person. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a form of mental health treatment implemented either independently or with the aid of medication to treat mental health disorders. At Soul Sanctuary, we provide several types of therapy as part of our addiction treatment program. The therapists at our Laguna Beach recovery center can help you identify the underlying issues that could cause your addictive behavior. They will also teach you coping skills to help you avoid that kind of behavior in the future, which will help prevent relapse. 

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Psychotherapy is an evidence-based practice that has proven to be very effective in treating substance use disorders (SUD). A therapy session between a therapist and patient will include looking deeper into the thoughts and feelings that led to the patient’s negative behavior. Over time, the two will work on transitioning from negative thought patterns to positive ones. For this reason and more, therapy treatment is so vital to the progress of an addict’s recovery.

The Importance of Addiction Therapy

Addiction is complicated. It cannot be placed into any one category, and there is no set course of treatment for it. Each case is different, and each person who suffers from substance abuse will need a form of individualized treatment. In 2017, it was recorded that roughly 20.7 million people in the United States needed substance abuse treatment. However, only 12% received treatment that was specialized for their needs.

Several things must be taken into account when treating SUD. This includes the addict’s mental and physical health, their life outside of rehab, and whether or not there is a family history of addiction. 

This information is vital in determining what the best course of treatment will be. Therapists will work with patients and select which form of therapy will be the most beneficial to them. 

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Alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs will utilize individual counseling and support groups. Both therapy forms will teach coping strategies to patients that will encourage them to remain sober after they leave rehab. They also teach effective methods of navigating stressful situations that could trigger a relapse. Long term sobriety would be nearly impossible without the specialized techniques taught by therapists within an addiction center. 

Why Drug & Alcohol Rehab Patients Need Counseling

Even after the detox process is completed and the patient is no longer physically addicted to drugs and alcohol, they can still be triggered to relapse. Some of the psychological or social issues that could cause a relapse include:

These can lead to an uncontrollable urge to use again. Without understanding the underlying issues and reasons behind the addiction, their sobriety will be short term.

When a patient is with their therapist, they can have an open and honest conversation about their needs and goals. Therapists realize the value for patients to understand the consequences of their actions caused by their substance abuse. However, their ultimate goal is to help the patient learn what caused the behavior in the first place. If a patient remains focused on their past negative behavior, they will become trapped. Therapists work as guides, allowing a person to address their past behavior and then move past it.

Therapies at Soul Sanctuary

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a preemptive type of therapy; it teaches patients to recognize destructive behaviors and then change them. CBT helps prevent relapse because it teaches people how to identify situations that could trigger a relapse and avoid them. By introducing these skills, patients will be able to utilize them long after they have left rehab.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is an extremely useful treatment for people who struggle with borderline personality disorders and co-occurring disorders. Its purpose is to take negative behavioral patterns and transition them to positive behavioral patterns.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT teaches patients to encourage their thoughts and emotions rather than feel guilty for having them. This form of therapy promotes self-acceptance and self-love; it is often paired with other mindfulness-based therapies.

Trauma Therapy

A form of therapy that focuses on how the traumatic event impacted the person's mental health, behaviors, emotions, and physical and spiritual well-being.

Family Counseling

A type of therapy that works with the entire family unit to help improve communication and create a healthy atmosphere for when the addict returns home.

Group Therapy

A type of support group that is made up of people who have gone through similar experiences and can understand what others in the group are experiencing. A licensed therapist usually leads it.

Individual Therapy

One-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist that can be personalized to what the patient needs.

Psychological Assessments

A process that helps determine which therapeutic techniques would be the most effective for an individual patient.

Experiential Therapy

A therapy that uses different tools such as role-play, activities, or re-enactments to help patients recreate and express what they were experiencing during past and present events.


The medical specialty that is focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating different types of mental disorders.

Why Choose Soul Sanctuary?

At Soul Sanctuary, you will be treated as one of our team members; you will be involved in the initial stages of determining the best treatment plan for you. At our Laguna Beach rehab, we value our patients above all else, and our therapists are trained specifically for treating substance use disorders. Together, we can help you achieve your long-term sobriety goals and give you the tools to live your life to the fullest of your potential. 

If you or a loved one struggle with a mental health disorder or addiction, contact us today. We can help you through the decision-making process and answer any questions you may have.

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