What You Need To Know About Starting Therapy
– April 14, 2017
Going to treatment for a drug and alcohol problem includes copious hours of therapy. Typically in a residential inpatient program or a lower level of care like intensive outpatient you will be working with an individual therapist. Additionally, you will have group therapy sessions with your treatment peers to do group processing, focus on specific therapy methods, or specific topics.
When people go to treatment and begin therapy they fall into one of three categories. First, they’ve tried therapy once or twice before but never followed through long term. Second, they have never tried therapy before. Third, they’ve been in therapy for years but are still seeking treatment. Therapy in treatment is different than therapy outside of treatment. Within treatment, your therapist is in communication with an entire treatment team which involves your nurses, group therapy leaders, activity leaders, doctors, and more. Everyone is clued into your progress, what’s coming up for you at different points of treatment, and what direction you need to head in. During treatment, your therapist will be listening to you as much as they will be guiding you. Therapists don’t give advice. More accurately, therapists lead you to doors which are for you to open.
Starting therapy when you are starting sobriety can be a little uncomfortable and overwhelming. Building trust and a rapport with a stranger when you are feeling your worst is a challenging situation. If you haven’t had any experience with therapy you might not know what to expect. Commonly, people assume therapy to be a stereotypical set up where a therapist sits in a chair and the patient lies on a couch.
Silence happens often and that’s okay. Some days you might not have anything to say. During treatment therapy, your therapist might ask you some leading questions. Otherwise, they’ll respect your space. While it is okay to sit in silence, it is better not to hold everything back and waste your time in treatment.
Exhaustion is totally normal, as is feeling weightless. When you have a big emotional breakthrough with your personal therapist, you feel lighter, like you’ve lost a thousand pounds. You also tend to feel very tired. Emotions live in our muscles and harbor themselves like energy within the body. Get rest, drink water, and take care of yourself.
Doing the work means doing the work. You get a lot of work done inside of a therapy session when you open up and put everything on the table. Outside of therapy, you might have “homework” assignments to complete.
Get Real Recovery employs a variety of treatment methods to ensure that each client has their unique and individual needs met with the therapy which works best for them. For information on our treatment programs, call 866-983-3651 today.