There are many different types of counseling techniques that may be employed during the recovery process.

Addiction can be a harrowing experience, but there’s often a root cause that led to the addiction that is going untreated. If you’re searching for a detox retreat near Los Angeles, visit our Woodland Hills residential treatment centers, where we feature caring, professional treatment for people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction as well as underlying mental health issues such as depression and PTSD.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Trends in the United States, in 2014 there were 21.5 million Americans over age 12 with a substance use disorder, including about 17 million with alcohol abuse disorder and 7.1 million with a drug use disorder, which means an overlap of about 2.6 million with both. The study also found an overlap between substance abuse and mental illness, with about 7.9 million people having both.

There are effective, compassionate treatments for those experiencing addiction. But no single treatment is effective for everyone or every situation, so at Iris Healing Retreat’s Woodland Hills residential treatment centers we use a variety of therapies, either separately or in combination. Here are four of many different counseling techniques that may be employed during recovery.

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that approaches treatment by teaching people how to think differently about problems and emotions. The idea that feelings and behaviors come from our thoughts, not from external events and situations, or from other people, figures prominently in CBT. According to cognitive-behavioral therapy, if we can change our thinking, we can change our emotions and behaviors. Similarly, if we have learned unwanted feelings and ways of thinking, we can unlearn them.

A team led by Stefan G. Hoffman, PhD surveyed studies of “The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” and found that, “the strongest support exists for CBT of anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, bulimia, anger control problems, and general stress.” One study found CBT about as effective as medication. Other studies found CBT and medication together had a greater effect.

Motivational Interviewing

We don’t really like to make changes, even when we know we ought to, and want to, like quitting the use of drugs, including tobacco and alcohol. Motivational Interviewing addresses ambivalence toward change through conversation designed to help people put their desire for change into words, then act on that desire, plan for change, start to make changes, and note the importance and benefits of even small changes.

A recent case study examined how MI could be paired with acceptance and commitment therapy,  widely used in treating alcohol abuse. The 20-year-old client “reported fewer episodes of alcohol consumption and less severe drinking,” by the end of her treatment, and greater capacity “to behave in ways consistent with her values.”

Family Systems Therapy

Family Systems Therapy has been used to treat many mental and behavioral health concerns. It concentrates on a person’s family of origin—the family one grew up in—as an emotional unit, and looks at how changes made by one family member can affect other members. Family systems therapy has been shown to be effective with families, couples and individuals., a website dedicated to multidimensional family therapy, includes studies on the effectiveness of systems therapy in treating substance abuse and anxiety and depression among adolescents, and has several case studies.

Twelve-Step Programs

The first twelve-step program was developed by Alcoholics Anonymous around 80 years ago as a set of tools for recovery and living. Twelve-step programs rely on a group of spiritual principles and a belief that when people who have shared experiences fellowship with each other they can support each other in their recovery. Twelve-step programs and the principles behind them are the foundation for numerous recovery programs.

Rudolf H. Moos, PhD, and Christine Timko, PhD’s study on “Outcome Research on 12-Step and Other Self-Help Programs” found that seeking out self-help groups early in treatment increases the likelihood of remaining alcohol free for 1, 8, and 16 years, and the likelihood further increases as the weeks, months, and years of attendance increase..

Compassionate Addiction Counseling in Los Angeles

Addiction counseling is a key component in achieving lifelong recovery from addiction. Iris Healing Retreat is a dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol addiction treatment center with an experienced and caring staff. At Iris Healing Retreat, we’re committed to helping each individual resident transform their life by breaking unhealthy patterns and promoting long term healing.

Iris Healing Retreat strives to provide the highest quality addiction counseling in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to offering our amazing clients complete, gender receptive treatment for substance use disorders in a personalized environment. We provide customized treatment plans.

In addiction recovery, one size does not fit all. Our detox retreat in Los Angeles is tailored to each individual and considers all the external factors in their life, such as the presence of family, employment status, mental and physical conditions, possible dual diagnosis (an addiction coupled with an underlying mental health issue such as depression or PTSD), and many other considerations.

Our addiction counseling in Los Angeles takes place in nearby Woodland Hills in our residential treatment centers, and takes a comprehensive approach. The addiction recovery program at the Iris Healing Retreat includes all aspects of treatment, starting with initial counseling, detox, recovery, family counseling, and aftercare. We align these elements with an introduction to healthier living habits that support an attitude of renewal and hope.

Expert Detox Retreat in Los Angeles

Addiction counseling in Los Angeles includes effective treatments through customized programs for each unique client. Our highly skilled and thoroughly educated team has the expertise and capability to treat a wide variety of afflictions ranging from alcoholism to drug addiction as well as their underlying issues.

Many addicts and loved ones see addiction recovery as a time of disruption, turmoil, and uncertainty. It is all of that, to be sure, but it is also a time of renewal and hope. Our compassionate detox retreat in Los Angeles is prepared to be there for you or your loved one every step of the way. These are the messages we provide to our residents each day as they struggle to find their footing in a world free from the nightmare of their dependency.

At Iris Healing Retreat, an essential component of our comprehensive program is providing the addict with the confidence that he or she can tackle life’s challenges without the “support” of drugs and/or alcohol. Learning these coping skills helps them face any obstacle. Once addiction counseling in Los Angeles starts, addiction recovery is an ongoing process, continuing even after our residents leave Iris Healing Retreat. At that time, they are armed with aftercare programs designed to provide the support they need, along with ongoing monitoring to help keep them clean and sober.

Our Los Angeles treatment center is located in the serene city of Woodland Hills (right next to Calabasas), just 20 minutes from the beaches of Malibu. To learn more about the Iris Healing Retreat and addiction counseling in Los Angeles, please contact (844) 663-4747 or (844) 663-4747, visit, or our resources page, or email To inquire about insurance coverage for our treatments, visit our insurance verification page.