Recovery-oriented Psychotherapy: Therapy Specifically for People in Addictions Recovery
We specialize in helping newly sober people to stay that way. Recovery means “living life on life’s terms”, and that can be tough to do at first. Alcohol and drugs get you to believe in quick fixes, and decrease your tolerance for life’s demands. It can all seem like too much. Let us accompany on your recovery path, as we help you find your own strengths and ability to deal with life on life’s terms. This is an especially important aspect of early recovery; the first six or twelve months are a time for re-learning how to regulate yourself without drinking or drugging. We’ll give you guidance, tools, and support to help you learn how to do that. For example, we can give you ways to achieve a calm body and quiet mind, including some remarkably effective specific techniques borrowed from yoga practice, that work quickly and reliably without drugs or medications. The nervous system goes haywire in early abstinence, and an important part of relapse prevention is learning how to calm it down. With this help, your sleep, mood, and emotional balance all can improve, as your body and mind adjust to being substance-free.
Later recovery can bring its own different challenges. For example, it’s not uncommon for some people with years of recovery to start having “drinking dreams” again, and this can be quite unsettling. Many recovering people think that they must be doing something wrong if they experience difficulties in ongoing recovery. In fact, it’s often just the opposite; the stability of abstinence frees them to tackle other issues that may have been avoided in their active drinking or drugging. This is the time when recovery oriented therapy can be most useful. Some feel guilty and think that having any difficulties in recovery means they have a faulty recovery program, but actually it’s a solid recovery that makes us more aware of our issues, and makes deeper work and positive growth possible.
Our experience tells us that it’s important to keep therapy recovery-focused, always mindful of the way that alcohol or drugs have been a central organizing principle in the person’s life. In Recovery-oriented Psychotherapy, we are always keeping an eye on the stressors and triggers that can lead to relapse, and we work together to deal with them in such a way that sobriety is the first order of business. We give special attention to the four areas of vulnerability to relapse: self-care, self-esteem, emotion regulation, and relationships.
Our goal is for you to have a serene, joyful, and successful recovery that is growth-promoting and helps you to become the person that you really are. Please give us a call today.
For more information about Recovery-oriented psychotherapy, please call Dr. Frank Schwoeri at 856-722-9352. Also, visit our website at temenoscenter.com
Frank J. Schwoeri PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who is also certified in the treatment of substance use disorders by the APA College of Professional Psychology. He received his PhD in psychology in 1981 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr College, and did postdoctoral work in relational dynamic psychotherapy. He has been involved in the treatment of addictions for over thirty years, has co- led an inpatient dual diagnosis unit, and been on the clinical faculties of Hahnemann University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schwoeri is currently in private practice at the Temenos Center in Moorestown NJ.
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