4 Reasons to Continue Talk Therapy
If you’re in rehab, it’s likely that talk therapy – between you and a therapist, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist or an addiction counselor – has been part of your recovery plan. You may have also participated in group therapy (in which you meet with a group of other people, often with the same addiction).
But the benefits of therapy go beyond rehab. In fact, seeing a therapist or addiction counselor as part of your aftercare plan can be a great step toward relapse prevention. Here are a few ways that talk therapy can benefit your emotional health and protect your long-term sobriety.
- You’ll improve your emotional management. You can never get too much practice when it comes to gaining a better grasp on your emotions. The more you understand why you are sad, anxious, angry, or frustrated, the better able you’ll be to manage and alleviate these feelings in a healthy way.
- You’ll better handle the highs and lows of life. After the safe, supportive environment of rehab, it’s pretty scary to navigate the inevitable curveballs of life by yourself. Seeing a therapist can prevent you from getting swallowed up in everyday problems and give you the tools to better cope.
- You’ll have more empathy. A great (and perhaps unexpected) benefit of therapy is gaining a better understanding of those around you. Talk therapy helps clear any misguided resentment or wrong assumptions you have of others – and this makes it a lot easier to see people’s true intentions and motivations.
- You’ll feel less alone. Face it: Knowing you have a standing weekly appointment with someone who supports your sobriety can be extremely comforting. And having a safe, non-judgmental environment to rely on can also go a long way in helping to prevent relapse.
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