The battle against addiction can affect many of the people close to those who are fighting it. Despite this, the struggle between the user and their addiction is a deeply personal one. One that can have profound effects on an individual’s mental health and personality. Few are able to make complete and fulfilling recoveries from these issues without the assistance of individual therapy.
The Benefits of an Individual Therapy Program
Addiction is not always a losing battle. With the right support and resources, you can rise above your addiction and restore control over your life. During and after the process of overcoming addiction, mental health issues and personality changes can be drastic. This is where the major benefits of an individual therapy program can begin to be seen.
Working with a trained counselor or therapist can offer many emotional and personal breakthroughs that help to heal the mental state of an addict. These therapy sessions can also be highly effective at identifying certain triggers of drug use and flawed thought patterns contributing to addiction. The importance of individual therapy as part of a drug rehab program cannot be understated. It allows residents time for out loud introspection and gives them a perspective on their situation they would have otherwise not had.
What to Expect
Each drug addiction therapist may approach individual therapy in a different way. Most will employ, to some degree, a form of cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT. CBT is a solution-based treatment designed to achieve abstinence from a substance. In sessions lasting usually no more than an hour-long, you and your therapist will discuss your motivations and habits and what actions or decisions led you to this point. Some things you may be looking to learn through individual therapy could be:
- Triggers such as people, places, emotions
- What is motivating you to take drugs
- Flawed behaviors contributing to the cycle
- Achievable life goals and a new focus
Individual therapy programs are not meant to make you feel guilty about yourself. The therapist is certainly not judging you but acts as a neutral discussion partner to help you come to realizations you may have otherwise not noticed. The point is to identify self-harming behaviors, ideas, and coping mechanisms in order to establish and practice healthier ones. Even after finishing treatment, it is often a good idea to continue an individual therapy program.
What Individual Therapy is Not
As stated above, individual therapy programs are not designed to make a person feel guilty or bad about themselves or their actions. Individual therapy is about discovering more about yourself. Done so with the help of an impartial guide to ask probing questions or steer you towards results. While you will have to discuss and identify your mistakes, it is not about dwelling on them. Your therapist will help you to create new plans of action for dealing with urges, triggers, and faulty behaviors from your addicted lifestyle.
Your addiction does not define you. No one here holds any judgment against our residents. We have a commitment to giving you the best in addiction treatment. Individual therapy programs are a large and important part of that treatment. Not only during treatment but afterward as well. Especially when leaving a treatment center, many residents find continuing individual treatment is incredibly helpful when returning to their old lives.
Get the best individual therapy and addiction treatment today. Ardu Recovery Center offers a range of addiction therapy services in addition to individual therapy that helps clients better understand themselves and their addictions. These include: