Individual counseling involves scheduled one-on-one, face-to-face sessions with a counselor.
One-on-one sessions with a counselor enable you to work through issues that are often at the heart of your addiction. They also give you the opportunity to share sensitive or personal information that you don’t want to discuss in a group setting. Participating in individual therapy for addiction treatment also provides well-rounded support that helps facilitate long-term recovery.
Individual therapy is beneficial for nearly everyone who enters addiction treatment. However, it is particularly beneficial for those who have a high risk of returning to drug use, a significant history of relapse, or are experiencing mental health issues (such as depression or anxiety).
Your counselor will assist you in achieving your treatment goals through the exploration of root causes for substance use. Attitudes and feelings will be examined, and consideration of alternative solutions and decision making will be explored. There will also be discussions of educational materials about alcohol and other drug related problems.
While individual therapy during the first stages of recovery is typically focused on how to achieve and maintain abstinence, it shifts over time to resolving issues caused by the addiction and addressing underlying emotional issues that become clearer to identify and understand in sobriety.
It’s important to remember that there is no set pattern or program for individual therapy. It’s a personalized tool that can enable you to better understand the role that drugs or alcohol had in your life and to learn new strategies for dealing with the challenges that you previously were unable to cope with prior to embracing recovery.
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