Taking the first steps toward addiction treatment can be challenging. Just admitting that you have a substance abuse problem in the first place likely took a lot out of you. Once you begin the process of recovery, you’ll find that it takes a lot of your willpower and attention. Individual counseling makes the process easier and prevents relapse.
Why You Need Individual Counseling
More times than not, addiction is a symptom of a bigger problem. The goal of individual counseling is to discover the underlying cause of an individual’s addiction. Until you get treatment for the cause, lasting recovery will be incredibly challenging.
Additionally, you need to understand your potential triggers. Did you know that a trigger to use can be something as simple as a familiar scent? While you can’t always avoid these triggers, knowing what they are and retraining your brain through therapy will help you deal with them.
Counseling is also important because addiction isn’t just physical. If it was, people would be able to go through detox and never have to attend rehab. Therapy addresses the psychological and spiritual components of addiction.
How Individual Therapy Works
In individual therapy, you’ll meet one-on-one with a counselor. Generally, you’ll meet with the same therapist every time so you can build a relationship. He or she will get to know you so you can address the underlying cause of your addiction together. You may discuss traumas from your past, family issues, and how you deal with day-to-day stress.
While you’re in rehab, you might meet with your individual therapist on a daily basis. The frequency decreases as you start outpatient treatment or aftercare.
Types of Individual Therapy
No single type of therapy works for every person. Because of this, we offer a variety of therapy options. Read below to learn more about how each of these works.