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The Benefits of Regular Therapy

When living with addiction and mental illness, asking for help and allowing ourselves to receive that help can feel next to impossible. We can feel overwhelmed, afraid and daunted at the mere thought. What causes this fear? Sometimes we’re afraid to look at our mistakes, wrongdoings, shame and regrets honestly and openly. Sometimes we’re embarrassed and disappointed in ourselves and don’t want anyone to know our secrets, especially a stranger who we’re afraid might judge or look down on us. We might be afraid to do the intense soul searching and introspective work required to fully heal. We’re afraid of all of the painful issues that will arise, the past memories we’ve suppressed, everything we’ve blocked in an attempt to just move on and leave our painful past behind us.

Therapy provides us with the safe, supportive space to explore all of these issues, things that might cause us pain as we’re confronting them but which need to be faced in order for us to heal. Sometimes we’d like to think that a few sessions are enough, and while they can make a difference, we want to continue with regular therapy with a therapist that feels like a good fit for us. We want to feel comfortable enough with this person to be able to open up and be honest and transparent. When we hide things or hold back, we’re only postponing our healing.

Therapy helps us to gain clarity, insight and objectivity around our painful issues, thereby increasing our understanding of ourselves, our lives and our particular challenges. It helps us feel supported as we’re developing our self-awareness. It can be a source of comfort and nurturing as we’re dealing with intense pain. When we’re depressed and/or struggling with addiction, we often aren’t thinking clearly. When we’re in crisis mode, we can struggle with rational thinking and problem-solving. We can become so fixated on the problem, our issues and our pain, that we can’t reach for solutions on our own. That’s where therapy comes in and can be extremely helpful. A therapist can help us learn to think outside the box, be open-minded, and be more solution-oriented. Therapy can help us to make sense of our thoughts and emotions, process and manage them, and express them in healthy ways. Therapy can help us learn how to better understand and communicate our needs. It can help us start to believe in ourselves and know our worth. It can help us learn to love, accept and forgive ourselves. With therapy, we start to see that healing is in fact possible for us, and that with work and support, we can get there.

Our recovery programs include many experiential modalities including traditional therapy, conscious connected breathwork, equine therapy, somatic experiencing, art in healing, grief therapy, mindfulness and other forms of therapy. Call 855-483-7800 today for more information.