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Psychotherapy in Massachusetts

Psychotherapy in Massachusetts

Addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain works. People who develop a substance use disorder often begin using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, depression, or another psychological issue. Each time someone uses a substance, their brain connects the drug and the reward. As a result, the brain craves the substance and, with continued use, does not function well without it.

At Swift River, we understand that every person’s addiction story is unique. Breaking the cycle of addiction often requires professional help and the use of proven, evidence-based treatments. Contact us today at 888.451.5895 to learn how we can help you break the cycle of addiction through our addiction treatment therapy programs

Why Psychotherapy for Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts?

Psychotherapy is an addiction treatment method that works to rewire the brain. When a person stops using drugs or alcohol, the brain needs time to adjust and requires help in healing. In psychotherapy, a person works with a therapist to explore how their thinking led them to substance use and addiction. Psychotherapy guides the individual toward alternative ways of dealing with stress and other mental issues. This form of therapy is a significant component of addiction treatment at Swift River. 

Types of Psychotherapy Available at Swift River

This form of therapy is available in a few different forms. A core component of most alcohol and drug rehab programs, psychotherapy is included in each individual’s treatment plan at Swift River.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps people alter their behavior by changing their thoughts. It has been scientifically proven to work in many cases of substance use and other mental disorders.

During cognitive-behavioral therapy, the individual works with a therapist to detect flawed thinking. Many people who suffer from addiction have negative thought patterns that lead them to seek comfort in unhealthy ways.

Once faulty thinking is addressed, cognitive-behavioral therapy fosters the development of healthy coping skills and positive thought patterns. This prepares people to resist relapse by responding to stressful situations more effectively.


Psychotherapy at Swift River emphasizes mindfulness. Mindfulness is a mental state in which a person is aware of what they are doing and why. It is a practice that helps people live in the moment and experience their emotions and the world around them.

By encouraging awareness and attention to the present, mindfulness lessens the burden of stress in the past or future. This helps many people live happier lives and be less inclined to use drugs or alcohol for comfort.

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy takes place one-on-one between a person and a therapist. The two develop a relationship and explore unique issues in the individual’s life that contribute to substance use.

This one-on-one setting ensures personal attention and guidance. It allows the individual and therapist to focus on the most problematic areas and adjust the course of treatment if necessary. It also helps them create an appropriate relapse prevention plan.

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is run by one or more therapists. It brings a group of peers together to examine issues related to substance use. This format helps individuals realize they are not alone in their struggles. As people share their experiences and advice, others may find a new perspective on their own problems. Positive social interaction encourages individuals to reach out and build relationships with others.

At Swift River, we offer gender-specific groups. Men and women tend to have separate issues regarding substance use. They generally relate to each other differently and may be hesitant to share personal details with members of the opposite sex. Gender-specific groups provide a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable opening up to each other.

Family Psychotherapy

Family psychotherapy is offered weekly at Swift River. It encourages family members to rebuild relationships and improve their communication. Many individuals who suffer from addiction act distant and lie to or steal from their loved ones. Their family may feel powerless to help them and unsure how to talk to them.

In some cases, conflict with family members leads a person to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. A loved one may even enable or encourage substance use, leading to addiction. Family members come to Swift River to address these issues with their loved one and a therapist. This helps a family gain understanding and support so they can heal together.

Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that assists people in overcoming trauma or stress. It may focus on a memory or current situation that negatively affects someone’s life. In EMDR, the therapist may use eye movements, sound, and touch to prompt activity in both sides of the brain (called “bilateral stimulation”) as the client recalls a past event.

The goal is for the individual to process painful memories and transform them into empowering experiences. The therapist also teaches the person coping skills and how to adjust their attitude to overcome difficult situations.

Find Psychotherapy For Addiction Treatment In Massachusetts

Swift River provides psychotherapy for addiction treatment in Massachusetts. Our residential rehab program removes a person from the stress of everyday life and immerses them in a new way of living.

To learn more about psychotherapy for addiction treatment, as well as other healing methods at Swift River, call us today at 888.451.5895 or contact us online. 

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