Woman Therapist Leading Individual Therapy for substance abuse treatment with Male PatientAt Crest View Recovery Center, individual therapy for substance abuse treatment plays a major role in helping clients achieve sobriety. It allows them to discuss their substance abuse issues in a non-judgmental, one-on-one setting with a qualified, compassionate therapist. Our goal is to help you understand your addiction and work toward changing addictive behaviors and thought patterns. Individual therapy is one of the resources we use to help us do that!

Why Individual Therapy For Substance Abuse Is Important

While we believe group therapy and family therapy are excellent addiction therapy resources, individual therapy really lays the groundwork for sustainable recovery. Not only does it give you a trusted outlet to share concerns, but it gives you the opportunity to analyze the behaviors that led you to treatment in the first place.

The main benefit of individual counseling is the one-on-one atmosphere. During group therapy, people take turns sharing the floor and speaking about their journies. Of course, this is certainly beneficial for those in recovery. After all, addiction often causes people to feel alone, believing that no one else is struggling in the same way. Group therapy helps to debunk those myths and bring encouragement to individuals who are working to end substance abuse.

However, therapy in group settings prevents counselors from being able to give undivided attention to those in recovery. It keeps people from getting individualized, one-on-one care that specifically addresses their needs. Individual therapy, on the other hand, allows the therapist to completely focus on the individual. This is why people often show rapid improvement afterward.

People usually feel safer when sharing personal details in private. The environment makes it easier for therapists to identify problems and establish goals.

Using various evidence-based therapeutic techniques, individual therapy for substance abuse can help you:

  • Set short and long-term recovery goals
  • Establish healthier social, professional and family relationships
  • Improve your outlook on life
  • Develop stronger mental and emotional health

How Often Will You Attend Individual Therapy Sessions at CVRC?

As part of our extensive rehab treatment program model, you’ll participate in one-on-one individual therapy every week and small group therapy sessions with your primary therapist at least five times a week. Specifically, the frequency gives you ample time to develop meaningful relationships with therapists and psychiatrists as you work together to overcome addiction. After finishing rehab treatment, you’ll move into our intensive outpatient program. Moreover, at this level of care, clients typically visit the facility three times a week. Depending upon your individualized treatment plan, our staff merges individual therapy and group therapy into about nine hours of treatment per week for an additional 4-6 weeks.

As you can see, individual therapy for substance abuse requires a commitment to each session. However, these sessions will help you gain a better understanding of your addiction and what it’s going to take in recovery.

How Our Reality-Based Model Supplements Individual Therapy

At CVRC, we use a reality-based therapy model to put life skill strategies and coping skills into action. Unlike many treatment centers, we strive to put people in real-life situations. Instead of being locked up at a rehab facility, we re-create real living environments for all of our clients. You’ll live in gender-specific facilities and even go out for supervised activities on the weekend. In essence, we teach our clients how to live life on life’s terms.

Using Other Types of Therapy

While there’s no denying the benefits of individual counseling, most therapists use a combination of psychotherapy approaches. Some of these include:

These offer benefits that people can’t get from individual therapy alone. Most therapists can create custom plans. These contain therapeutic combinations focusing on one main method.

As we mentioned earlier, group therapy offers people the opportunity to share their stories. It also allows individuals to learn more about other people who are on the road to recovery. Additionally, group therapy helps people to develop interpersonal and communication skills. 

Family Therapy

Family therapy is beneficial in that it engages the family of the recovering individual. Contrary to what many people may believe, addiction doesn’t just affect the person who is suffering from it. It does not simply impact the individual who struggles with excessive alcohol use or drug abuse. It also affects the individual’s family members and close friends. His or her loved ones are also being impacted by the substance use disorder. For this reason, families need the opportunity and resources for healing, as well. 

While an individual is in treatment and recovering from substance abuse, it’s important for his or her loved ones to also get help. This is where family therapy comes in. During family therapy sessions, people can gain the skills they need in order to help their recovering loved ones. They can also get more information and education about their family member’s addiction. This allows people to develop a deeper understanding of what recovering individuals are going through. Finally, family therapy helps people to work through the pain and heartache they may have experienced due to their loved one’s addiction.

Trauma Therapy

Sometimes, addiction occurs as a result of another issue. In some cases, people develop substance use disorders because of a mental health disorder. Often, the effects of trauma can lead to harmful alcohol or drug use. This happens in many cases where traumatic events cause people to experience uncomfortable and difficult symptoms. A few of the common symptoms of trauma include:

  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event(s)
  • Nightmares and other sleep problems
  • Feelings of guilt or shame regarding the event(s)

It can be difficult to deal with these symptoms. Sometimes, the effects of trauma prevent people from performing normal, day-to-day activities. So, as a result, many individuals who suffer from trauma turn to substances like drugs or alcohol. They may use these substances in hopes that they can escape from the negative and unpleasant impact of their disorder. But, unfortunately, this is a harmful way to produce temporary relief. Eventually, individuals may develop addictions because of this coping mechanism. 

Thankfully, there is hope for those who are dealing with addiction and trauma. People who are struggling with these co-occurring disorders require specific and individualized treatment. They should receive care that will directly address what they are experiencing. Here at Crest View Recovery Center, we offer a trauma therapy program to help those who are dealing with this dual diagnosis.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

We call this type of therapy CBT and use it to help individuals to overcome substance abuse. The goal of CBT can be identified through its name. This kind of therapy deals with the cognitive behaviors of those in recovery. It helps people to identify and address harmful and negative thought processes. Through CBT, professionals can help individuals to develop healthy thinking patterns to replace the harmful ones.

Often, the way people think can be related to their continued substance use. (This is not to say that people choose to continue having addiction-related behaviors. However, an individual’s thoughts play a big role in the way they behave. CBT simply tries to help people recognize those thought patterns that encourage harmful substance use and addiction-related actions.)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

This therapy approach, also known as DBT, is a lot like CBT. It seeks to identify and work through harmful behaviors, thought processes, and attitudes. Also, dialectical behavior therapy helps individuals to identify their strengths and gain more confidence as they prepare for the rest of their recovery journey. 

DBT can occur in a group therapy setting. But, it can also occur in an individual therapy setting. So, individuals can benefit from this therapeutic approach whether they are in an individual or group therapy session. 

During DBT sessions, individuals can learn more about how to overcome and remain free from substance abuse. Relapse prevention skills are some of the most important things for people in recovery to learn. 

Dialectical behavior therapy helps individuals to learn more about how to avoid triggers. These triggers might include certain situations, places, and even people that might encourage substance use. 

When working to overcome addiction, it’s important for people to set achievable and attainable goals throughout their journey. DBT helps people to establish goals for sobriety and gives them the tools they need in order to reach those goals. 

Let Crest View Recovery Center Help You Overcome Addiction

You don’t have to fight against substance dependence or addiction alone. There are resources available that can help you find total freedom. We are here to walk with you throughout your recovery, from the very beginning until you finish treatment. 

At Crest View Recovery Center, we focus on helping and supporting you during your time of need. We pride ourselves in putting your needs first. Our team creates custom treatment plans that specifically address your individual needs. We also have a number of fantastic amenities that we encourage all of our clients to enjoy. Some of these include:

Perhaps you’ve already tried in vain to overcome addiction. Maybe you are struggling to find a rehab facility that will best help you on this journey. It’s easy to become discouraged and lose hope. But, please know that we are here to help you! At Crest View, our main goal is to help our patients in the way that best suits them. So, whether you are looking for gender-specific treatment, inpatient rehab, outpatient care, holistic treatment options, or a dual diagnosis program, we can assist you!

Don’t waste another day struggling to find the road to sobriety. Our substance abuse treatment programs can help you take your life back. Contact Crest View Recovery Center at (866) 327-2505 so that we can show you the way to freedom. You can also reach us online by contacting us here. 

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.