Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Social Anxiety Disorders

Medication and therapy are the two most highly prescribed answers for treating mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Increasingly, evidence is showing that there is more to treating mental illness than talking and taking a pill. For anxiety of all kinds, various treatment methods are being incorporated into treatment regimes to support recovery. Recent research has found that a combination of therapy and medication is no longer the most effective method. According toKnowridge Science Report, cognitive behavioral therapy alone is the most effective treatment for anxiety- specifically, social anxiety disorder.

In a recent study published inPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics, the website reports, an overwhelming 85 percent of participants struggling with social anxiety disorder “significantly improved or became completely healthy using only cognitive therapy.” Though a small group sample at 100 people, the researchers, as cited by the website, claim to have set a world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorder. Metacognitive therapy is the specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy used for the study. Through the process, therapists are able to work with patients in identifying thoughts, ruminations, worries, and reactions to social anxieties. Patients were equipped with coping tools for regulating their attention, their emotions, and training their brains in new ways.

Why Therapy For Social Anxiety Disorder?

Medication cannot yet target the specific memories, situations, or chromosomes that causes someone to worry about what they do. Some anxiety is genetically inherited while other people’s anxiety is formed in reaction to trauma, bullying, humiliation, or other causes. While medication can change brain chemistry and reduce the intensity of symptoms, it cannot stop the reaction entirely, or cure the psychological cause of it. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients target and manipulate their very thought processes, rewiring the way the brain responds.

Enlightened Solutions utilizes the multidisciplinary use of cognitive therapies for treating anxiety disorders and an often co-occurring addiction disorder. For information on our partial care programs of treatment certified for treating dual diagnosis, call us today at 833-801-5483.


Opioid Addiction Is Severe; Treatment Should Be Unique

There’s a problem with claiming to have the solution to addiction. Addiction doesn’t look the same to everyone. That is why Enlightened solutions provides individualized recovery and treatment plans to each resident. Through a series of intensive screenings, diagnostics, and evaluations, the specific diagnoses of each resident is created. From there, our certified and experienced clinical staff is able to work with the patient to suggest and provides the best course of treatment possible. Meeting the needs of each individual client is a necessity to ensure successful treatment and contribute to lifelong sobriety.

Individualized Approach

Individualized treatment methods are important because not everyone comes to their addiction i the same way. Part of the appeal of twelve step recovery is learning that while each person’s story may be different, the generalities of addiction are the same. More often than not, however, treating only the generalities of opioid addiction will not lead to lifelong recovery. Opioid addiction especially needs to be treated with specificity.

Opioids are powerful narcotic substances which are highly addictive. Currently, America is undergoing multiple opioid crises, primarily in the Midwest, New England, and along the East Coast. While typical treatment has helped some up until now, professionals and government officials are calling for more. Recently, the US Surgeon General released a special report on the state of opioid addiction in the United States. The Surgeon General called form more funding for treatment, implementation of harm reduction practices, and more prevention services.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids can include:

  • Heroin
  • Opium
  • Prescription Painkillers
  • Synthetic Opioid Drugs

Derived from the opium poppy plant, opioids provide pain relief. Creating morphine in the system, opioid substances work with naturally occurring opioid receptors in the brain. Opioid receptors help to slow down the heart and increase feelings of euphoria to combat the onset of pain. Morphine and morphine based medications are used to treat patients recently out of surgery or having been through a traumatic accident. Synthetic opioids, as well as regular medications, are used for treating chronic pain patients.

Opioid addiction treatment requires a multifaceted approach. Enlightened Solutions offers a program combining spiritual practice with evidence based therapy as well as holistic healing. Our residential treatment programs are designed for men and women who are ready to live different lives. For more information, call 833-801-5483.