Therapy and buprenorphine treatment in Fort Lauderdale.
What is therapy?
Therapy and buprenorphine treatment in Fort Lauderdale. When we are talking about addiction treatment, therapy refers to psychological therapy. There are different kinds of licensed psychotherapists. What they have in common is that they talk to people in a private setting. The conversation is guided to uncover the root of the problem and to come up with solutions.
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is different from private, one-on-one therapy. You are in a group of people with a similar problem in common. The group can be moderated by a licensed therapist or a trained group leader. Or, in what are known as 12 step programs, the moderator may be a volunteer member of the group. During the group session, members share with the group about their problems or their solutions. On many levels, there are benefits to sharing and getting problems out in the open in a group. There is also much to learn from solutions that members have found to deal with their situation.
Which type of therapy is better, private or group?
If you are taking buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction, both forms of therapy are important. There are three legs to the stool of treatment. If one leg is missing, the stool will topple over. There is medication, private therapy and group therapy.
How do I find a private therapist?
Look for a psychologist who specializes in treating addiction. If you are not sure where to look, ask the doctor who prescribes your buprenorphine.
How do I find a group?
Two excellent programs are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). While AA is mainly for people who are addicted to alcohol, in many groups, opioid addicts are also welcome. The two addictions have much in common.
Which group is better for me if I plan to keep taking buprenorphine?
AA may also be a more welcoming setting for people who take buprenorphine long term for maintenance to prevent cravings and relapse. Groups will vary. If you have a negative experience at one group, try other groups. Going to many different groups in the beginning is a good idea.
What if I want to get off of buprenorphine by tapering. What group might be better for me?
NA is an excellent program which asks that its members strive for complete abstinence from all drugs. NA is ideal for patients who are determined to soon taper off of buprenorphine. It is recommended that you seek the opinion and help of your private therapist and your AA or NA sponsor as well as your doctor before beginning the tapering process.
What if I feel fine with just buprenorphine?
Depending on just medication alone to recover from opioid addiction is a recipe for disaster. Remember the stool analogy. How long can you sit on a stool with one leg before falling to the ground? Your doctor who prescribes buprenorphine cannot make you go to a private therapist and go to meetings. Your doctor will recommend both, but there is no way to force a person to do the right thing.
What if I don’t have time for all of this therapy?
If you are tired of spending your life obsessed with drugs and you don’t want to risk serious illness and death anymore, consider following the proven program of buprenorphine, private therapy and group therapy. Give yourself a chance. Prove your friends and family wrong. Show them that you can get better and turn your life around. It takes work and it takes time, but you can do it.
What if I live in Fort Lauderdale and I want to start buprenorphine treatment?
Call Dr. Leeds at 954-776-6226 in Fort Lauderdale for more information on how to start buprenorphine and how to get involved with therapy. Therapy and buprenorphine treatment in Fort Lauderdale.