Counseling Practice Broadens Addiction/Recovery Specialties with Full Compliment of Important Follow-up Care Services

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Don Gershberg, MFT - addictions psychotherapist - and Insight Psychotherapy Group (in Los Alamitos, CA) work to support and build momentum for successful addictions treatment by increasing the strength and specialty of follow-up care and services offered. Follow up and supportive psychotherapy for patients and their families are key to maintaining and furthering hard-won successes with sobriety in the battle against addictions.

Insight Psychotherapy Group (IPG) and Don Gershberg, MFT (IPG clinical staff member) now include addictions psychotherapy to their list of specialty practices and offered services. Addictions psychotherapy is the practice of providing counseling, both experiential and structured/problem-solving methods, to the patient and patient's family members (spouse, partner, children & parents) to maintain the gains made in acute care and build resistance to relapse risks.

Often, the initial crisis that results in acute addictions treatment (e.g. detox, inpatient rehabilitation) passes quickly. The difficult work of ongoing mental health care, which includes family support and wellness training, can be neglected as patients and families try to regain a sense of normalcy following the interruption to their lives caused by an acute treatment episode. Many just want to “move on” after the crisis has passed and may minimize the need for ongoing care and support.

“Establishing sobriety is only the first step,” says Don Gershberg, MFT a psychotherapist specializing in addiction with Insight Psychotherapy Group in Los Alamitos, CA. “It’s important to help patients and families understand the many facets of the problem of addiction, to make sense of it as best they can to help keep them on a path to recovery.” Of the services Gershberg and IPG provide, many are geared toward assisting addiction and recovery patients with maintaining their sobriety, connecting patients and their families to community based support groups and improving their emotional resilience and skills for “working” and succeeding in a total recovery program.

“Even if you’ve already begun a recovery program,” Gershberg continues “patients and families need ongoing support so that they can continue working through many of the tough issues that often block continuing progress and staying healthy.” Gershberg notes that although recovery “road blocks” can occur, psychotherapy with an experienced addiction specialist can help to clear them and prevent relapse by facilitating an increased understanding of 12-step or other program components and creating insight and understanding while working through the spiritual issues that relate to recovery. Recovery roadblocks can also occur around specific issues like trauma and abuse, related compulsive behaviors such as sexual addictions and/or compulsive sexual behaviors. Roadblocks and challenges can also occur around regular everyday happenings such as workplace culture (e.g. going to the local “watering hole” after work for happy hour) and holiday get-togethers. Successful recovery can continue by working with an addictions psychotherapist to thoroughly work through your program for sobriety and develop relapse prevention plans that suit your individual needs and personality. “The key,” continues Gershberg “lies in not waiting until a crisis to act or intervene. Follow up care and preventing a potential crisis is good for the patient, the patient’s family and the community as a whole.”


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