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What to Expect in a Behavioral Treatment Program

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Whatever the situation in life, when someone doesn’t know what to expect, it can create anxiety and an unwillingness to embrace change. This is especially true when it comes to addiction treatment, mental health treatment, or both. It can be challenging enough to recognize that there is a problem, let alone contact a treatment center. That’s one of the main reasons that so many people each year don’t reach out for the help they need and spiral even further down.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. At New Horizons Recovery, our team is as transparent as possible about our addiction treatment and behavioral health programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We are ready to answer any questions that you might have about behavioral treatment expectations. Feel free to contact our New Horizons Recovery team either online or by calling 267.435.3134, and our friendly staff will be as straightforward as possible about behavioral treatment expectations.

What Is Mental Health Treatment?

Mental health treatment, also known as behavioral treatment, identifies mental health disorders or addiction issues, explores the underlying causes for these conditions, creates a plan to ease or eliminate the symptoms of the disorders, and helps to maintain recovery. There are many forms of behavioral treatment, but some of the most popular and widely used methods include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – Also referred to as “talk therapy,” cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions give a client time to work one-on-one with a qualified therapist to uncover and address both mental health disorders and addiction issues.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) – DBT helps people with addiction and mental health disorders overcome potentially harmful thoughts and emotions and encourages them to embrace healthy coping skills to move past these thoughts.
  • Family therapy – Often, addiction and mental health struggles have their roots in complicated relationships with family members or traumatic events that families experienced. In family therapy, family members can discuss these problems and learn more effective communication techniques.
  • Group therapy – Mental health issues and addiction tend to cause people to isolate themselves because they don’t feel as though other people would understand. Group therapy demonstrates that other people have been in similar situations and generates a sense of accountability among group members.

What to Expect in Behavioral Treatment

Entering into behavioral treatment can feel intimidating, but knowing what to expect in behavioral treatment can make it easier to begin recovery.

You will meet your therapist in a consultation-type meeting during your first session. Your therapist will explain their style of therapy, such as CBT, DBT, or another approach, and then you will discuss the problems you are experiencing or have experienced. Perhaps your therapist may ask you about your medical or family history to start considering the root causes of your issues. It is crucial to recognize if your therapist is a good fit for you and don’t feel bad if you would rather meet with a different therapist. A good rapport with your therapist is vital to establishing trust and respect.

During subsequent sessions, you will work with your therapist to identify whatever is holding you back in life and create a plan to help you overcome these challenges. Keep in mind that healing doesn’t happen overnight. It can take weeks, months, or even years. The key is to continue with your sessions and strive to use the strategies discussed in treatment.

Regain Control of Your Life at New Horizons Recovery

Our New Horizons Recovery team takes our jobs very seriously because there is nothing more important than a person’s health. Each of our clients is a valued member of our community, and we treat them that way. Take the first step to improve your quality of life by reaching out to us today either online or at 267.435.3134.