The Importance of Therapy in Treatment
Therapy is a tremendously important part of your recovery process, for
one simple reason: It’s easy enough to clear the poisons from your
body (detoxification). However, it’s not enough.
You need to clean up the poisonous thinking patterns that led to your addiction
in the first place. Neglect that, and you run a big risk of a relapse.
The purpose of therapy is to help you rediscover your better self, to build
a stronger you.
Therapy helps you develop life skills and happiness tools that teach you
to cope with life in effective, positive ways. You’ll enjoy a nurturing cycle of success in dealing with life; a
resulting increase in your confidence and self-esteem; further success
in sober living; even greater self-esteem; and so on.
There are different therapy strategies. Our staff at Tranquil Shores will
work with you to develop a personal plan that meets your individual needs.
You will have one-on-one sessions. Other sessions will involve your family
or other loved ones. You will find group therapy enormously beneficial
as you realize that you’re not alone in fighting addiction, that
others have fought this fight—and won it!—and that not only
can others in the group help you, but
you can help them.
Therapy is your way of getting right with the world again, so you can enjoy
the happy life you deserve. Tranquil Shores’ Florida rehabilitation
center offers you a relaxing atmosphere to start your recovery. The therapy
you undergo with our trained staff will help you learn how to make your
rehabilitation last and allow you to reclaim your life for good.
When considering treatment for substance abuse keep in mind the importance
family therapy. At Tranquil Shores we offer a comprehensive treatment program including
all three, which is important for the individual as well as the family.
Staying Connected After Treatment
It is important to stay connected with your support system after you complete
treatment. Tranquil Shores offers a robust alumni component with regular
meetings, workshops and a memorable annual reunion. You can read more
on our website or call our center at
(727) 888-6623 for more information.
How Long Should I Stay in Treatment?
The term “28 Days” is often used in reference to drug and alcohol
treatment and common knowledge identifies the term with the typical length
of time spent in a treatment center or “rehab.” This standard
length of stay originated with insurance companies based on what they
were willing to pay; but is it effective?
Typically, it is not. The program at Tranquil Shores is based on extensive
research that shows the effectiveness of a treatment program increases
with the amount of time spent in treatment. Many people initially resist
the idea of a 90-day stay, however the vast majority will make the decision
to stay the full three months after they have been at Tranquil Shores
for a month or so.
“I was not at all happy about going to treatment for 90 days,” says former client, Pam.“But after a few weeks, it became clear that there is no short-term
fix for my addiction and the longer I stayed away from a drink or a drug,
my success in sobriety increased.”
Many Tranquil Shores clients go on to our
transitional housing program, Tranquil Transitions, after successfully completing the inpatient program.
“Transitional gave me the chance to test the waters outside of the
treatment bubble. It gave me the freedom I needed with the support and
accountability to help me succeed,” says another former client.
According to Dr. Mark Willenbring, former Director of Treatment and Recovery
Research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “You
don’t treat a chronic illness for four weeks and then send the patient
to a support group. People with a chronic form of addiction need multimodal
treatment that is individualized and offered continuously or intermittently
for as long as they need it.”
Tranquil Shores is committed to assisting our clients in attaining long-term
sobriety. As Johnson puts it, “we want to make this the best treatment
experience for our clients, affording them every opportunity to lead a
happy, sober and full life.”