In treatment for addiction at A Better Today Recovery Services, we encounter people who exhibit many different defense mechanisms. Denial, projection, regression and repression are some very common ones. Many people who struggle with addiction already battle low self-esteem, feelings of failure and guilt. They employ defense mechanisms, like everyone else, to avoid feeling even worse about themselves.
At ABTRS, we build self-image and teach healthy coping mechanisms through many approaches. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is our primary technique. CBT aims to bring negative or unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors to light, establishing new ones that are more functional and healthy.
We also use strength and yoga therapy to enforce wellness and reconnect patients with physical fitness. Exercise also can serve as a form of sublimation—a healthy defense mechanism that helps many people to avoid behaviors that are not in their best interest.
Expressive therapy is another way we combat unhealthy defense mechanisms. Expressive therapy helps patients to express and accept difficult realities and move on, instead of denying, justifying and perpetuating substance abuse.
Here at ABTRS, we work to help patients shift their perspective around substance abuse—teaching how addiction is a disease, no one’s fault and that it is possible to recover.