When you need rehab treatment, whether your problem includes substance abuse or a process addiction, you benefit most from a mix of multiple therapy methods. This mix must include a range of types, from simple talk therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR and experiential methods. Also important is interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), a method used since the 1970s. The 1970s and 1980s proved a significant time in the development of mental health and addiction treatment methods. From this era came the most widely used forms of therapy. Although most come across like a virtual alphabet soup of the therapy world, these methods provide a chance for real, long term recovery. You receive CBT, DBT, EMDR, CPT and IPT at The Ranch in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. You also benefit from The Ranch’s individual therapy program, group therapy, family therapy and couples’ therapy using other methods.
What is interpersonal psychotherapy?
An interpersonal psychotherapy program bases itself on the work of three psychiatrists of the 1970s, Harry Stack Sullivan, John Bowlby and Adolf Meyer. Interpersonal psychotherapy uses structured treatment that helps you work through current problems while improving your interpersonal relationships. Three phases of IPT work very well in treatment for depression. In a dual diagnosis treatment facility like The Ranch, your IPT helps you get through depression intertwined with your addiction. In fact, studies show this method works as well as antidepressant medication. Your therapists use IPT with medications to improve your mood disorder, or treat you using IPT alone. Your specific interpersonal psychotherapy program treatment plan depends on your unique needs.
Conditions Treated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Interpersonal psychotherapy first came into use for treatment of depression and relationship problems. Therapists still use IPT for these purposes today. You can expect to enjoy stronger, healthier relationships in your own life after receiving this therapy. In turn, your healthy relationships support you better when depression recurs in the future, or as a preventive measure against depression. Overall, your IPT provides a non-judgmental therapy that helps you handle challenges in treatment and beyond. It also helps you improve your mental health. You deal with and work through role disputes, shortcomings, life changes, conflicts, grief and attachment issues. IPT works well for depression and other conditions, such as:
- Disordered eating
- Substance abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Postpartum depression
- PTSD and dysthymia
- Social phobia
In 20 sessions or less, you notice relief from your depression symptoms. This enables you to focus your treatment on root issues of your problems. Along with your IPT, you possibly use role play exercises or other approaches to help you change how you relate to others. Your therapist starts with the biggest issues of your relational problems. IPT is adaptive therapy. This means your therapist modifies it to suit your unique needs or mental health problems. IPT works in one-on-one counseling or as part of group therapy.
Does Interpersonal Psychotherapy Work?
The American Psychological Association (APA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) both support use of IPT. Studies also prove it works. Although not everyone benefits from the methods, IPT provides another tool in your rehab treatment program at The Ranch, for completely changing your life. Other therapies and programs provided by The Ranch for your recovery include:
- Medical detox and rehab treatment programs
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- CBT, DBT, EMDR and CPT
- Individual, group, family and couples’ counseling
- 12 step program support
- Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy
- Art and equine-assisted therapy
Conquer your addiction today, to create the life you want. Call The Ranch at 1.844.876.7680 for more information about interpersonal psychotherapy and how it helps you recover from addiction and depression.