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.


During cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you’ll begin to learn about your behavior and thought patterns. As you discover what they are, your therapist will help guide you away from the negative ones and begin to teach you to implement positive behaviors.

In this way, you’ll be able to reroute your thought processes when cravings arise or situations trigger you.


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that works best for individuals who have a background of trauma. This type of therapy helps people reprocess the way they view their trauma. It essentially rewires the brain to be able to see past the trauma and look at a situation more objectively.


Dual Diagnosis

Many people who struggle with addiction also have a co-occurring disorder. In order to heal from either, it’s necessary to treat both. Dual diagnosis treatment does this by treating the disorders parallel to each other.

Since one often causes the other, getting to the root of both problems greatly improves chances of long-term recovery from each.

Seeking Treatment at Denver Recovery Center

When you’re ready to get sober, seeking therapy is a big step. However, it’s important to find a counselor that understands addiction. For this reason, seeking an addiction treatment center is your best chance of lasting sobriety. At Denver Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado, you can take this and many other steps on the path to recovery. Enroll in any one of the following programs to illuminate the road ahead:

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