SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In observance of National Recovery
Month, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
reminds Californians that therapy is effective to aid on the path to
Many substance abusers suffer from at least one serious mental illness
according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. In California alone,
2.6 million persons twelve and older use drugs and 6.2 million persons
twelve and older binge on alcohol. Substances are often used as a form of
self-treatment to alleviate the symptoms of mental disorders, such as
depression or anxiety.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy and twelve-step programs have been found
to be beneficial toward recovery. Therapy is a cost-effective alternative
treatment plan that is used effectively with any age group and can offer
short- and long-term intervention.
Substance abuse is a treatable disease and therapy can help identify
the needs of an individual affected by substance abuse and help the person
recover mentally by:
* Strengthening the ability to heal and recover
* Helping manage and decrease mental health symptoms
* Promoting open discussion of the addiction
* Recognizing the negative impact of substance abuse on an individual
and those around him or her
* Reinforcing personal growth and development
* Exploring alternative ways to deal with life's everyday challenges
rather than drug use
* Modifying the addictive behavioral patterns which promote the use of
Family therapy has also been found to be of assistance as part of a
treatment plan. Family therapy can be effective by increasing participation
and retention in treatment, reducing the individual's substance use,
improving both family and social functioning, and discouraging relapse
according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's
(SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol Report, Brief Interventions and
Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse.
Substance abuse not only affects the individual, but it interferes with
relationships, performance at work, and in social situations. Help a person
recover from substance dependence by getting help for this illness. Help
comes from seeking a mental health professional, such as a Marriage and
To learn more about the services offered by Marriage and Family
Therapists and where to locate a therapist, visit California's online
mental health resource, www.TherapistFinder.com.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, with 27
chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional organization,
representing the interests of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
CAMFT provides www.TherapistFinder.com as a resource to the public looking
for Marriage and Family Therapists located in California. For more
information about CAMFT, please call (858) 292-2638 or visit www.camft.org.
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists