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Tommy Wiliamson

7 Major Benefits of Mental Health Therapy for Addiction Recovery

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Tommy Wiliamson, (2022, January 17). 7 Major Benefits of Mental Health Therapy for Addiction Recovery. Psychreg on Psychotherapy. https://www.psychreg.org/major-benefits-mental-health-therapy-addiction-recovery/
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Addiction recovery isn’t a straightforward process. Studies show that approximately 50% of individuals suffering from addiction have underlying mental health issues.

This shows that addiction and mental health go hand in hand. It’s common to see people suffering from addiction problems also experiencing depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Treatment of these mental health disorders is as important as addiction treatment. In fact, many experts believe that the addiction treatment process is incomplete without mental health therapy.

Mental health therapy builds an individual from the inside and develops them mentally to take on all the challenges that come during addiction treatment.

Here are the benefits an individual can reap from mental health therapy in their addiction recovery programme.

Benefits of mental health therapy

One in five American adults has a mental health condition. Research shows that with the right approach and treatment, these mental health conditions can be treated. 

As scientists have disproved the stigma surrounding mental health, people have started acknowledging the value of mental health therapy.

Mental health therapy is popularly known as talk therapy. It helps millions of people place their thoughts on the table without judging them. In fact, this is an important therapy in the addiction center

People who suffer from addiction have low self-esteem and think that the moment they start talking about their problems, people will start judging them.  However, in the addiction treatment centre, people are given the liberty to talk their minds. This allows the experts to reach the underlying problem of addiction. 

Here is how mental health therapy can help you with addiction recovery: 

Help with depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the world. In fact, it is also the trigger in most addiction cases. Depression is a chronic misery that affects an individual’s quality of life. However, with the right treatment, depression’s symptoms can be treated. 

Mental health therapy for depression relies on trust and emotional trust. An effective therapist who knows what needs to be done will offer a comfortable and private environment to heal. Mental health therapy allows individuals to build new ways of things and different perspectives to see the world around them.

Help with obsession

Obsession is an unwanted element in your life. Usually, obsession is healthy if you are trying to achieve something positive in your life. However, that is not always the case.

Mental health therapy can help individuals to examine their behaviour objectively. This therapy reveals all the negative thoughts and emotions and offers productive alternatives.

Help with anxiety

Perhaps anxiety is only second to depression in the mental health disorder list. Most people confuse anxiety with stress, but stress and anxiety give off different experiences. 

People suffering from anxiety always find themselves on edge all the time. They will always expect the worst-case scenario, even if there is no proof for that fear. This state of mind can easily cause social complications.

Mental health therapy can help people regain their compass in life and guide them towards the right path. This really helps the individual who is recovering from addiction. They can find the motivation to continue with the recovery process.

Relapse prevention

Relapse is a common occurrence in the addiction recovery process. These relapses can be the result of multiple factors. One factor is weak mental health. When you are weak mentally, you cannot overcome the temptation and cravings.

It is because of the relapses why so many people fail to complete their addiction treatment programmes. This is why mental health therapy is important.

When someone feels the urge to try the substance once again, they are encouraged to take mental health therapy to stop falling into bad habits.

Coping strategies

The drug addiction recovery process can be tiring both mentally and physically. While you can revamp your physical health with some light exercises, there are no ways in which you can train and build mental health 

This is where mental health therapy can help the patients work on their inner health. Inner health is needed if you want to recover faster.

Addiction recovery programmes are limited by your mental and physical capabilities. If you enhance your mental health, you will be able to explore more coping strategies.

Help you repair relationship

Mental stability is needed to hold valuable, meaningful conversations and build a good relationship with others. Mental health therapy brings back your senses and allows you to differentiate between what’s right and what’s wrong.

Once you get back your sanity and decision-making capabilities, you know what needs to be done to repair the broken relationships, which is an essential part of your addiction recovery.

Offer support

Do you know why most people who, even after knowing about their addiction, do not seek help? It’s because they think that the moment they talk about addiction, the people who are supporting them in life will distance themselves.

In fact, in most cases, this does happen. Even the family leaves the suffering person alone to fight addiction. This really breaks the mental fortitude of the patient.

Mental health therapy offers support to those patients who have lost all their hope. While the patient is signing for mental health therapy, they choose to always connect with someone who truly cares about them.

Your recovery can begin today

Once people fall victim to addiction, nothing feels quite right. And the worst part is that you cannot do anything about it. Even if you try to make others understand how you feel, no one will understand. Or, perhaps you wouldn’t tell anyone because you are just embarrassed.  In that case, just call for professional help. They will certainly understand you, how you feel, and the support you need at the moment.

Don’t wait; take action. 


Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in mental health and well-being.


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