Individual Therapy Program
Individual therapy in addiction treatment includes one-on-one conversations with a therapist. This addiction therapy gives you the privacy and trust you need to discuss issues leading to your substance abuse and addiction. You also learn about personal triggers and how to overcome them. Individual therapy plays a big role in your addiction recovery, from the time you enter rehab and throughout the rest of your life.
Individual counseling works well alongside group therapy in rehab. Group treatment takes place among your peers, with all of you working together toward recovery. However, individual therapy gives you the time and space to privately explore your own issues and needs more deeply. Together, these two types of therapy help you gain the possibility of strong, lasting sobriety.
Individual Therapy in Rehab
When you start rehab, you also work with a counselor responsible for guiding you through treatment and supervising your case. At least weekly, you meet with this person for one-on-one counseling for about 45 minutes to an hour. These sessions cover your progress, needs, and goals. They also more fully explore what you learn in group therapy.
Studies prove that longer rehab programs provide better results. Moreover, part of lengthier programs’ higher rate of success is more time for individual counseling. When you enter rehab, you need to spend as much time as you can focusing on your recovery needs, both in counseling and throughout other aspects of your program. For most people, this means receiving at least 16 individual therapy sessions.
In addiction treatment, most addiction therapists use some form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps you understand why you abused substances and how to overcome the triggers that led you to addiction. Furthermore, by changing your thinking and behaviors you change your outlook for the future.
Early in your individual counseling sessions, you set treatment goals with your counselor. For example, these goals include learning coping skills, managing your emotions and enhancing your support system. You gain an understanding of your damaging thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
How Individual Counseling Works
Individual therapy helps you understand why you started abusing your substances. It also helps you understand how your decisions and actions harm yourself and others. Together with your counselor, you challenge your past thoughts and beliefs. These thoughts and beliefs include:
- Giving up my substances means losing all of my friends
- I’m the only one my drug or alcohol use effects
- I won’t have any fun or happiness without drugs or alcohol
Your therapist assigns you homework, reading or other activities from time to time. He or she will also help you celebrate your personal achievements and successes. Your counselor holds a place of trust and understanding in your recovery few others reach.