Types of Therapy for Alcohol Rehab

What is Inpatient Alcohol Rehab?

Another word for inpatient rehab is called residential treatment, which gives you a better picture of what this form of rehab entails. Inpatient programs are an immersive therapy option for those in recovery to remove themselves from risk, distractions, and triggers, so they can dedicate total focus to their health and recovery. 


The terms of residential programs mean that patients agree to stay for an extended period of time on-site at a treatment facility. Coming and going is not allowed, for their own safety and the safety of the other patients focusing on their recovery. Contact with the outside world is also limited to reduce stressors and prioritize this total focus on recovery. 

What to Expect During Your Stay in Inpatient Alcohol Treatment

A useful tool to learn in alcoholism treatment is structure, and this is introduced during inpatient rehab. 


The day begins early with a healthy breakfast to reinforce positive nutrition as a way to support other healthy lifestyle habits. Depending on what works for you, you’ll be encouraged to begin your day with a morning routine that calms and centers you and prepares you to work on your recovery, something you will continue to actively do for many years after you leave residential treatment. 


Therapy is a significant part of inpatient rehab, and multiple forms and methods will be introduced to you. Some are required due to their effectiveness like group and individual therapy, but other alternative options will be up to you to decide which ones you feel are beneficial to your recovery. 


Following breakfast, your morning routine, and often more than one type of therapy, the middle of the day gives limited free time to allow patients to practice how they will spend their own free time in healthy ways that don’t open themselves up to relapse. Active options are popular, since there is a direct link between physical and mental health but discovering activities of enjoyment that can double as healthy coping skills are another practice of developing positive free time. 


Many inpatient programs also offer workshops and classes during the middle of the day so those in recovery can get advice and assistance with returning to work or continuing their education. Less fortunate life circumstances often lead to exposure to addiction or using drugs or alcohol as a negative coping skill, so improving your status in life will naturally eliminate these factors of risk. 


The day will cap off with more therapy, a healthy evening meal, and a bedtime hour that promotes healthy sleeping habits, another direct link to improved mental health. 

What Kinds of Therapy Are Used During Inpatient Alcohol Rehab?

Traditional and effective therapy methods have been developed that can be incorporated into individual therapy depending on a patient’s mental health disorders and possible traumatic background: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Anger Management
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy


Group therapy has been proven to create a system of support for recovering addicts and those with alcoholism and breaks down the barriers of isolation that worsen mental illness and substance use disorder. Many who are recovering attend multiple types of groups that have members they can identify with and develop skills and tools that cross over to aid their other struggles:

  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery
  • PTSD Support Groups
  • LGBTQIA+ Community
  • POC Community
  • Veterans Support Groups


Alternative therapies are used in conjunction with traditional methods in treatment programs to help those resistant to therapy open up and find other paths to healing. Many of them incorporate the overall health and wellness or enjoyable activities that also serve as coping skills: 

  • Holistic Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Art Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture


This last list involves other types of therapies that focus on building skills, repairing relationships, maintaining responsibilities, and helping those in recovery be successful in life after rehab. 

  • Life Skills
  • Healing through Creativity
  • Psycho-education: Understanding Mental Illness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Emotional Self Regulation
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Therapy
  • Aftercare Planning
  • Social Skills
  • Strength Building


Drug and Alcohol Addiction Therapies Offered at TruPath

At TruPath, we proudly represent a nationwide network of treatment centers that are located in the Los Angeles and New Jersey area. All of our facilities offer the full continuum of care from detox to inpatient residential treatment and partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient treatment options. By enrolling in a top-rated TruPath network alcohol rehab and substance abuse program, you can expect to be greeted by a philosophy of passion, integrity, empowerment, education, teamwork, and personal growth. 


We are a dual diagnosis treatment center, which means we believe that the individualized yet collaborative targeting of both substance use disorder and mental health treatment is a huge contributor to the success rates of our patients in maintaining long-term sobriety after leaving our care. 


 The treatment plan designed for you at TruPath residential rehab will be a specialized program with the goal of helping you overcome your alcohol addiction, start to heal cooccurring disorders, repair relationships with loved ones, and begin a renewed healthy lifestyle. The recovery process looks different for everyone, and we offer many types of treatment and levels of care to meet your needs and help you respond to therapy. 


Our admissions team is always on-site, your road to recovery and the path to overcoming alcohol use disorder is just a phone call away.

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