Addiction specialists can help to guide individuals to uncover the underlying causes of their addictions. Individuals in our outpatient programs will have the opportunity to meet with a therapist weekly to have individual therapy sessions. Although group therapy and family therapy are also available, individualized therapy sessions dive deeper into the underlying causes of addiction and addressing specific addictive behaviors so that recovery skills are developed. Some of the benefits of individualized therapy include:
- Allowing the addiction specialist to develop custom therapy approaches specific to individual needs
- Allows for inward look at an individual’s motivation for recovery
- Helps individuals comprehend and put to use knowledge learned in group and family therapy sessions
- Having a confidant who assists in psychological aspects of addiction that may be too delicate to touch on in group settings
- Helps to provide individuals with the coping and relapse prevention skills they need to live a quality sober life once treatment concludes
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Individual therapy sessions are often based on the psychological approach cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT. CBT is often used as a method of traditional addiction individualized therapy because it works to address the behavioral aspect of addiction. Addiction is a disease that causes individuals to behave according to their addiction’s desires, so it needs addressing throughout treatment. CBT also helps individuals address their negative emotions about treatment so that they are better equipped to gain healing and knowledge during their time in treatment. The benefits of CBT include:
- Addressing behaviors of the individual in treatment that lead to addictive tendencies
- Addressing stressful factors that may inhibit an individual’s growth in recovery by learning helpful coping mechanisms
- Addressing negative thoughts, emotions, and even beliefs that have led to addictive behaviors so a change in perspective can occur
- Goal-specific structure throughout therapy so that advancements are recognized and maintained
Trauma brings about many repressed emotions. Many patients seeking help with addiction have had traumatic experiences that have led to the development of addiction through unsuccessful substance self-medication. Individualized trauma therapy in addiction treatment gives these individuals an outlet to express emotions stemming from their traumatic experiences. Subsequently, they learn coping mechanisms that will help them to stay sober in early and late recovery. Traumatic experiences that are ignored can lead to relapse triggers and unsuccessful recovery, so it is important in individualized therapy to confront these traumas and reach successful recovery. Addictive behaviors are sometimes a result of traumatic experiences, so addressing trauma throughout individualized therapy sessions is addressing the cause of addiction rather than symptoms of addiction, which is much more effective.
A Deeper Look at the Self with Individual Therapy
Group therapy is great for practicing skills that are learned throughout treatment, but individualized therapy is where the skills are learned. During individualized therapy sessions, it’s just you and the therapist. This promotes an environment of trust so that patients can practice honest, effective communication in a safe place. Our therapists know how important privacy is, so patients can feel free to unpack their burdens and dig deep within themselves to discover how to be successful throughout addiction recovery.
Are you sick of the consequences of addiction that are keeping you from achieving your goals? Do you wish for success without the carried weight of addiction? Are you ready to make a change in your life for the better? You are not alone. Find out what individualized therapy can do for you and join the recovery community through Rehab Carolinas’s helpful addiction treatment programs today.