Detox is not the only step on the journey to recovery. While removing drugs and alcohol from your system sets the foundation for sobriety, an approach to treatment that involves the mind, body, and spirit is necessary. Individual therapy programs provide a space for those in recovery to discuss the challenges they’re facing as they work towards healing. During one-on-one sessions with a therapist, patients can discuss personal issues that they might not feel comfortable bringing up in group therapy sessions. Individual therapy sessions are confidential, private, and an important part of the healing process. At Midwest Center at Youngstown, individual therapy counseling for addiction is part of all of our treatment plans and levels of care.
What to Expect in Individual Counseling
Individual counseling involves one-on-one, face-to-face sessions with a counselor. Typically, these sessions last for an hour. Your counselor might introduce topics and questions for you to discuss or you can come to sessions with things you want to talk about.
One-on-one sessions with a counselor enable you to work through issues that are often at the heart of your addiction. These might include:
- Past trauma
- Co-occurring mental health issues
- Chronic pain
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 provides well-rounded support that helps facilitate long-term recovery.
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.
The Benefits of Individual Counseling
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.
Some of the aspects of recovery that individual counseling can help with include:
- Relapse prevention
- Intense stress
- Withdrawal management
- Feelings of shame
- The death of a loved one
- Family conflict
Why is individual therapy so effective? It helps patients feel more comfortable during the recovery process. Individual counseling sessions are a safe space for patients, and it’s important for patients and their counselors to develop a rapport. Patients can fully share their thoughts without judgment.
In addition, all of our counselors are trained in using a trauma-informed approach to treatment. That means that they understand the role that past trauma can play in addiction and help patients work through it without re-traumatizing them.
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There is no one set program that will help every individual who is struggling with addiction. Individual therapy allows our counselors to take a personalized approach for each of our patients. During these sessions, patients learn more about the disease of addiction and about strategies that can help them avoid relapse.
If you’re ready to take your life back from addiction, reach out to our team today. Midwest Center at Youngstown can help you and your loved ones heal. Connect with us at 844.544.0502 or contact us online to learn more.