Psychodynamic therapy can help an individual battling addiction identify their underlying cause for using. By working through their emotions with a therapist (including unresolved conflicts, dysfunctional relationships, and much more), individuals can reduce their chances of feeling triggered to abuse drugs or alcohol to self medicate.

Psychodynamic therapy provides a holistic approach to understanding and addressing psychological issues by delving into the unconscious mind, promoting self-awareness and insight, and fostering a supportive therapeutic relationship. It can be particularly useful for individuals to address the deep-seated reasons why they use and provide ways to manage that impulse. Addressing these emotions head on in therapy will also help as part of a relapse prevention plan.

At Rehabs UK, therapy can be used in both residential and outpatient settings. Individuals can also opt to do online or phone therapy rather than face-to-face therapy if this is suitable for them as well as gain access to a comprehensive aftercare programme which includes online groups.

The best way to assess what is right for the individual is by speaking to one of our Treatment Advisors who will give you a free assessment and explain the treatment options available to you or your loved one.

Jakana Rita Head Therapist for Rehabs UK facilitating group therapy

When looking at what Psychodynamic therapy can help treat almost all addictions can benefit from this. Whether that is drug and alcohol addiction or behavioural addictions such as gaming or sex. This type of therapy looks at the underlying causes for the way an individual behaves which fits with any type of addiction.

When looking at addiction, it is argued that the addiction gets in the way of the underlying structures.

Psychodynamic therapy can help an individual battling addiction explore unconscious thoughts, emotions and past experiences that may contribute to addictive behaviours. This can aid the person involved to identify the possible root to their addiction which can enhance the effectiveness of other treatments and therapies.

This type of therapy allows individuals to develop healthier mechanisms for dealing with stress, trauma, and difficult emotions. These coping skills can be valuable in managing cravings and preventing relapse, thereby supporting the goals of other addiction treatments.

Psychodynamic therapy is often used within residential facilities along with other therapy models such as CBT. It can be particularly useful in supporting an outpatient treatment plan that may include alcohol home detoxing or substance detox.