At American Addiction Centers, narrative therapy is one of the many tools we use to healthily redefine the future. Each of our patients has experienced frustrating and painful moments, but there are other moments they can revisit as sources of strength and encouragement. Narrative therapy transforms negative past experiences into building blocks for a successful future.
How It Works
Difficult or traumatic parts of our pasts hinder the chances for sustained recovery. When these painful memories resurface, it’s more likely to return to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.
Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness of narrative therapy for patients enrolled in teen drug rehab, as well as older adults suffering from co-occurring disorders. And 53 percent of adults experiencing severe depressive episodes achieved “clinically significant improvement” with narrative therapy.
During narrative therapy our counselors may ask, “When did you not allow your addiction to take control?” This kind of question reinforces that life is not just one narrative, but a collection of both positive and negative stories.
In addition, narrative therapy teaches patients to view substance abuse as a separate influence rather than a part of their identity. This “externalizing” of addiction allows patients to honestly explore and evaluate drug abuse like an investigative reporter puts together the pieces of a news story.
Call us today to learn more about this and other types of therapy.