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Psychiatric Evaluation

When we talk about psychiatric evaluation or psychotherapy, it is commonly defined as  treatment for an individual through conversing with another person, usually a licensed physician or psychiatrist. Often referred to as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy is the general term used to describe the treatment of a mental health disorder, such as addiction, by utilizing open discussion. This person administering the therapy session can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or clinical social worker.

Why is Psychotherapy important?

What is the role of a psychiatric evaluation or psychotherapy in substance abuse and chemical dependency rehab treatment? This therapy pays particular attention to the modification thoughts and attitudes about drug and seeks to increase awareness, responsibility, and confidence in individuals undergoing rehab treatment.

The word “psychotherapy” involves a broad range of therapy practices performed by a professional for the benefit of patients. Some of the objectives of psychotherapy are to accomplish the following:

  • Psychiatric evaluations provide a safe and reliable forum, wherein hurting individuals can explain and discuss their present-day issues and problems.
  • Patients can discuss what led them to addiction and where the life has gone because of it.
  • Psychotherapy promotes sharing and releasing of bad experiences to improve personal aspects such as feelings of self-worth, self-esteem, and self-belonging.
  • It teaches individuals how to manage specific problems by teaching them life skills.
  • It provides a place where individuals can make new friends where they can give and receive support.
  • It provides patients with direction when they feel like they don’t know what to do.
  • Psychotherapy also provides a model of trust-worthy relationships.
  • It can uncover any underlying mental illnesses that may gone undiagnosed.
  • Therapy can teach individuals how to manage stress and cravings.
  • It can also help to teach individuals techniques for avoiding relapses including avoiding trigger environments and social gatherings.

From among the list above, there are a few specific therapy agendas that may be available at a variety of drug treatment centers:

  • Caring and Supportive Psychotherapy

    This aims to provide help to individuals in a safe and trustworthy forum, wherein individuals can discuss the troubling aspects of their lives. The professional therapist will try hard to listen to the individual, who will be encouraged to share emotionally. If needed, the therapist can act as a guide or as an authority figure. The therapist will also teach the individual what behaviors can help or hinder their recovery.

  • A Focused Coping Therapy

    This aims to teach individuals how to cope with problems such as anxiety, depression, and how to avoid relapse. This kind of therapy may include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Relapse prevention treatment programs.

  • Interpersonal and Growth Psychotherapy

    This teaches individual how to become emotionally and socially ready to deal with the outside world and interact with others. For numerous reasons, many individuals have poor interpersonal skills and they don’t know how to deal with their emotions as well. This aims to help individuals learn how to practice healthy and effective ways of communicating with others.

  • Experimental Psychotherapy

    This aims to provide help to individuals to uncover the links between past experience and their present situation. This treatment approach is reliable and effective in treating many anxiety and traumatic-based disorders.

  • Relapse Prevention

    This is a type of therapy that focuses on teaching coping mechanisms to those struggling with addiction. The goals of this type of therapy include: educating patients on how to identify and anticipate cravings, helping recovering addicts keep a single lapse from becoming multiple lapses, and to help patients feel like they have control over their thoughts and actions.

A Better Today is a treatment center that understands how important psychiatric evaluation and psychotherapy is and they aim to help individuals fight their substance abuse and chemical dependency. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), almost 59% of individuals with substance abuse and chemical dependency problems also suffer from ‘Co-Occurring Disorders’. In short, 3 out of 5 individuals who have drug and alcohol addiction problems also have mental health issues that need to be treated as well. If these issues remain untreated,  it is much more likely that relapse will occur or even active abuse. If you or your loved one is struggling from alcohol and drug addiction together with a co-occurring disorder, A Better Today is here for you. Call now to get help.

The common co-occurring disorders may include the following:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bulimia
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anorexia
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Depression
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

The right psychotherapy is hard to recognize especially if an individual is also suffering from co-occurring disorder but A Better Today is here to help. Our professional experts can create tailor-made drug and alcohol rehab treatment programs for your specific needs, including the proper psychotherapy and counseling. Drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t have to rule your life. With psychotherapy administered by licensed professionals and unique rehab treatment programs, a sober, healthy life can be yours. Contact our experts to begin you recovery today.

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