Individual Counseling at The Treatment Center
Treatment programs are designed to not only help you overcome your habits of substance abuse but to also explore and treat any underlying issues, mental or physical, that may be contributing to your addiction. Personalized plans are tailored, allowing for treatment of any unique physical, psychological and emotional dependencies that may be driving your addiction.
As part of a holistic approach to treating the disease of addiction, patients often receive one-on-one therapy at treatment facilities. Including individual counseling in your treatment plan means your therapist will help provide insight that will aid in your addiction recovery and the overall healing process. Qualified professionals can work with you to build a personalized addiction treatment plan that meets your needs. The Treatment Center by The Recovery Village and its family of programs are dedicated to restoring your mental, physical and emotional health.
What is Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy is one of the most utilized methods of addiction recovery today. Through one-on-one sessions, therapists can help their patients identify and work past the core problems that drive their addictions to drugs or alcohol. Every individual is different, but some of the more common triggers include:
- Stress surrounding work and life at home life
- Environmental triggers (i.e. coming into contact with a person, place or thing that is associated with a past trauma)
- Self-medicating (i.e. abusing a substance to treat a pre-existing condition)
- Peer pressure
By applying individual counseling to your personalized recovery plan, you will learn how to stand your ground when faced with these and other triggers. Developing coping techniques in therapy is one of the most effective ways to stop cravings, allowing you to gain sobriety and regain your freedom.
A Brief History of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is one of the most common and widely available treatment options for individuals who struggle with mental health problems, even outside of addiction. More than 59 million Americans today benefit from working with a therapist or counselor. This, however, was not always the case.
While the concept of talk therapy dates back as far as the ancient Greeks, the psychological principles that mental health professionals follow today were recent innovations developed in the past century. All in all, psychotherapy is a relatively new development in the treatment of mental illness and in for individual therapy for substance abuse.
Different Types of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy encompasses a number of different treatment methods, each of which carries a different level of effectiveness for individuals in addiction recovery. Still, its numerous applications in addiction recovery are one of the biggest advantages of individual psychotherapy. Some of the most widely-practiced divisions of psychotherapy can be found below:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This type of individual psychotherapy focuses on adjusting your perception of yourself and the world around you. By working with a cognitive behavioral therapist, you’ll be able to establish new ways of thinking while recovering from your addiction. This can include redefining your sense of right and wrong, rebuilding your sense of self-worth, developing a healthier view of your life, and addressing any mental health issues you might be suffering from. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used and highly effective for patients who have mood disorders, depression or anxiety.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
This form of therapy is an extension of cognitive behavioral therapy that is often used to treat patients who have a higher risk of relapse. While it addresses many of the same issues as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy also helps you identify your triggers and build coping techniques so you can better regulate your responses to them. This type of therapy is a good fit for teenagers with substance dependency.
Exploratory psychotherapy is exactly what it sounds like. It is a form of therapy that is meant to uncover any links between your past experiences and your present behavior. This can include trauma, abuse, neglect, or other similar circumstances that could serve as a driving force behind your substance abuse. Exploratory psychotherapy is not always recommended since it requires recalling and exploring painful memories, but it has been proven to be incredibly useful in treating many anxiety and trauma-based disorders in cases of dual diagnosis.
One popular form of psychotherapy in addiction treatment is interpersonal therapy. This branch of psychotherapy focuses on the relationships you have with family, friends, and romantic partners. During the addiction recovery process, interpersonal therapy is often employed to help you improve your communication skills and build healthier connections with others. This is considered one of the best forms of therapy for addressing issues related to social conflict, grief or loss, and any role transitions that might be contributing to the addiction.
Like exploratory psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy is analytical in nature with a focus on past experiences to determine current behaviors or issues. However, what makes psychodynamic therapy different is that it focuses on the unconscious. By working with a psychodynamic therapist during addiction recovery, you may uncover repressed past events or traumas that were blocked from your memory as a way of coping. This kind of therapy is best suited for patients who are looking to recover missing or fuzzy memories while working through their issues with addiction.
Individual Vs. Group Therapy
Both group therapy and individual therapy are popular in substance abuse recovery. However, there are added advantages to doing individual therapy sessions over group sessions. Individual therapy for substance abuse takes place in a more private, intimate setting. You might feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts, beliefs, fears, and struggles with your therapist in a one-on-one chat than in a speech to your peers. Additionally, the added sense of confidentiality might help you better address your problems.
Electing to try group therapy, however, won’t hurt your progress. In fact, group therapy has been proven to be a very inclusive, supportive experience for those in recovery. Unlike individual therapy, group therapy gives you the chance to better understand your own struggles by empathizing with the struggles of others. So, while the group therapy setting may seem less personal than individual therapy sessions, it is highly effective in building a strong peer support group.
The goals of each form of therapy may be the same, but the approach and the benefits are slightly different. Because of this, you are free to receive both group and individual therapy sessions together if you choose to. Taking this multifaceted approach will likely benefit your recovery plan and enhance your chances at a successful long-term recovery.
Benefits of Individual Therapy
Coming to terms with addiction will be one of the greatest challenges you’ll ever face, but that doesn’t mean you have to face it alone. Individual therapy programs are designed to help you identify and address the root causes of your substance abuse. By talking with a therapist using any one of the methods mentioned above, you’ll be given the tools you need to better understand your actions, their causes, their meanings, and healthy ways to cope. The effects of addiction can be devastating, but with help from a team of professionals, you can work past them to clear a path for your sobriety.
If you want to take your life back by overcoming substance abuse and addiction, The Treatment Center by The Recovery Vilage is here to help. Please contact us at (866) 295-6003 any time, day or night, for more information about the admissions process.