Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy for Addiction Treatment


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What Is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

At SoCal Detox, one of the therapies we employ in our addiction treatment programs is Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, founded by Dr. Richard Schwartz, which views individuals as having multiple internal parts or sub-personalities. Drawing from various family therapy approaches, IFS sees the mind as an inner family. Life events or trauma may push us into extreme roles, but IFS believes these roles can change with time and effort. The goal is to integrate and harmonize these parts to find one’s true Self. IFS identifies and communicates with these internal parts, recognizing their roles and intentions, fostering cooperation for personal growth, healing, and achieving a balanced internal system.

How Is Internal Family Systems Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is one of the components we use in addiction treatment at SoCal Detox. Our goal is to unravel the intricate dynamics of addictive behaviors. Our licensed therapists will guide individuals in identifying and comprehending internal parts linked to addiction, addressing emotions, coping mechanisms, and roles contributing to substance abuse. Delving into underlying issues and trauma, IFS facilitates healing by understanding the roots of maladaptive patterns. IFS, tailored to individual needs, prevents relapse by addressing underlying issues and fostering resilience, offering a personalized and holistic approach to addiction recovery.

Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Internal Family Systems Therapy?

IFS therapy can be used for individuals, couples, and families. It helps deal with general life stressors like relationship issues, career problems, and grief, and it can improve resilience and self-esteem. Many therapists believe that anyone could benefit from IFS in some way. However, it is most beneficial for people suffering from anxiety and depression, some mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and drug and alcohol addiction. 

Long-Term Benefits of Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal family systems therapy provides you with not only immediate benefits but also long-term advantages that contribute to sustained recovery, personal development, and a more fulfilling life.

  • Emotional regulation
  • Better interpersonal relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Self-compassion
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Personal growth and resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Sustainable, long-term recovery

Is Internal Family Systems Therapy Covered by Insurance?

SoCal Detox integrates IFS therapy into our programs. Our various therapies are included if your health insurance includes addiction treatment coverage. Coverage specifics depend on your insurance provider and plan. Feel free to contact one of SoCal Detox’s admissions professionals, who can verify your insurance coverage for you and provide assistance.

Finding Rehab Centers Near Me, That Offers Internal Family Systems Therapy

If you’re dedicated to achieving sobriety and looking for a rehab center in Orange County to help you do it, SoCal Detox is ready to help. Our therapists are here to support you with various types of therapy, including IFS therapy, personalized for you in your treatment plan. Take the first steps toward your recovery and contact one of our admissions professionals today.

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