Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

The best type of addiction treatment is individual therapy, one on one with a professional who is there to help you in getting sober.

The goals of addiction and alcoholism recovery extend beyond remaining clean and sober. A person is said to have established strong recovery from their addiction when they feel fulfilled with life and have peace of mind. To achieve this serenity, one critical component to every drug and alcohol treatment program is individual therapy. Individual therapy allows a person to build trust with a therapist to work on deep issues that are personal and challenging. Without individual therapy sessions in place, an addict or alcoholic may not address issues that could cause them to relapse.

individual therapy in addiction treatment

Why Choose Us?

At Recreate Life Counseling, our clients regularly work with our individual therapists. During individual therapy sessions, clients are encouraged to be open and honest about themselves. Unlike group therapy sessions, these meetings are held one on one between the therapist and client for approximately one hour at a time. Individual therapy allows clients to open up about histories of sexual abuse, violence, suicidal thoughts, challenging relationships, and family problems as well as concerns about relapse.

The benefits of individual therapy to build a close relationship with a therapist, so that the client learns to connect with a safe person with whom they can trust and follow their advice. Our therapists form meaningful relationships with clients that promote wellbeing, build self-esteem, and restore emotional stability. Each client is assigned a therapist best suited to meet their individual needs. We consider gender, age, addiction history, family dynamics, and other elements that contribute to a person’s psychology.

What is Quality Addiction Treatment?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a quality addiction treatment program must incorporate numerous types of therapy and treatment that focuses on the individual needs of the person to be an effective treatment program. Per NIDA:

“Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society… Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.  To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems. It is also important that treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture” (NIDA).

Recreate Life Counseling has years of successful history in helping addicts and alcoholics gain freedom from their addictions once and for all. Our treatment programs incorporate individual counseling as a key element of each client’s program. Individual counseling is often where most recovering addicts or alcoholics growth occurs. Addicts and alcoholics require individualized attention that focuses on their addiction history, family relationships, trauma, beliefs, and goals.

Individual therapy also helps addicts and alcoholics rediscover who they are. Addiction and alcoholism are lifestyles that stop regular accomplishments in life. Careers and education are always put to the side when a person is in their disease. Personalized therapy helps clients build their self-esteem and motivation to attain a solid position within society. Individual therapy helps clients recognize what type of job or career they want to pursue as well as furthering their education. Therapy helps clients see their purpose and potential in life clean and sober.

Another positive outcome of individual therapy is that clients gain the ability to heal, form, and recognize healthy relationships, as well as unhealthy ones. Addiction and alcoholism tear apart friendships and families and recovering addicts and alcoholics carry a tremendous amount of shame and guilt that needs to be processed in a safe environment free of judgment. One common goal of individual therapy is to help clients mend relationships and to heal their pain. Rejections, isolation, and sadness are regular themes many addicts and alcoholics share about their close relationships, and individual therapy helps them work through these painful emotions.

Individual therapy also helps newly recovering addicts and alcoholics learn to communicate about their feelings. Most addicts and alcoholics used substances to cover up their feelings and once they get clean and sober, those feelings remain and need to be expressed and understood in a therapeutic environment. The goal of therapy is to support the client in healing their pain and building their self-esteem, which helps them accept themselves as a person in recovery.

People in recovery are not instantly better or perfect. Individual counseling helps the person frame themselves as imperfect but improving; learning to accept their shortcomings and how to work on them is an ongoing process that takes time and requires guidance from an individual therapist. Our therapists work to help every client rediscover who they are clean and sober. This discovery is multilayered and requires someone to listen and support what a person finds and learns about themselves.