The Person Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment

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The Person Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment

You may be wondering what to expect when you get to treatment. Treatment  incorporates therapy in individual and group settings. There are many approaches to addiction treatment, and person-centered treatment is a well-known intervention.

Person-centered therapy was developed in the 1940’s by Carl Rogers. Roger’s theorized that you are the expert on your own life and you hold the solution to your problems. The person-centered therapist’s role is to be a facilitator as you discover your strengths. The therapist is not seen as the expert, but as a guide.

Your therapist will help you uncover new ways to look at life. How you perceive yourself will change for the better. Person-centered theory believes that you, the client, have the solutions to your problems. The therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead, the relationship that you build is crucial to the therapeutic journey.

Your therapist will be empathetic and genuine. Therapy will teach you unconditional positive regard. You will learn how to be easy on yourself in the process. Too often we judge ourselves harshly and fail to recognize that everyone makes mistakes.

When you are in active addiction, you aren’t living up to your full potential. That’s okay because this can be changed. Being in a safe therapeutic environment will help you forgive yourself and live more fully.

Person-centered therapy is a judgement free zone. A no-judgment environment is important when you are in therapy for addiction. Using drugs and alcohol is damaging emotionally and your past may involve things you don’t want to talk about. Person-centered therapy will help you get through expressing those thoughts safely. You won’t finish therapy without having healed and made progress toward achieving your full potential.

Be prepared for your therapist to have a real conversation with you about why you want to be sober. This is important for you to know. Recovery is not always easy, but it is worth it. The role of a person-centered therapist is to help you figure out why and how to be sober. Person-centered therapy can also help you:

  • Increase confidence
  • Grow personally
  • Value recovery
  • Disconnect from addiction
  • Gain positive awareness
  • Identify your stressors
  • Develop positive coping skills
  • Recognize personal strengths.

If you are interested in evidence based interventions, person-centered therapy is a proven method for addiction treatment. Person-centered has been around for decades and has helped many people overcome active addiction and recognize their true potential.

Person-centered therapy is just one of the ways The Kimberly Center does treatment. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER, we can teach you how to stay sober.


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