The personal story that recovering folks tell at 12 Step meetings is a reconstruction of episodic memories.
Language– the words we choose for our self-talk– has a powerful influence on our brain function. Words can help us re-shape the cycle of feelings, impulses, and behaviors.
Topics: co-occurring disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, complications, mental illness, personality disorders, rational emotive therapy, Recovery Tools, therapeutic modalities, tools for recovery, trauma
With a little leverage and some understanding of effective therapeutic technique, you can increase the chances of successful outcomes with these clients.
We can’t always predict which problem will require attention first — or indeed, when opening a door in therapy will introduce a whole new set of emotional needs and issues.
The key to treatment success is an integrated approach: One treatment team treats both illnesses using an integrated treatment plan.
That doesn’t mean you need a program that treats senior exclusively. It does suggest that you should concentrate your efforts on programs with access to physician care beyond simple detox.
Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.