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Individual Counseling in Addiction Treatment


What are some forms of Individual Counseling in Addiction Treatment?

In comprehensive addiction treatment the availability of individual therapy is essential for long term engagement of the patient in the recovery process. There are a variety of evidenced based therapeutic modalities that can be used in the process of addiction treatment.

  • Motivational interviewing: (MI) is a philosophy of treatment in which the therapist partners with the patient to encourage the patient to remain on the path to recovery on their own terms. MI takes a positive, nonjudgement stance on addiction treatment addressing it as a disease and nor a moral failing.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: (CBT) is one of the most widely used and accepted forms of evidence-based treatment in the field of addiction treatment. In CBT, the therapist helps the patient change their destructive and detrimental behaviors by assisting in identifying what those behaviors are as well as correcting negative thought patterns. This form of individual counseling in addiction treatment is often used in many individuals who suffer from co-occurring disorders as well.
  • Dialectic behavioral therapy: (DBT) was originally developed to help suicidal patients find meaning and purpose in life. In contemporary society today, DBT has been successfully applied in addiction treatment. The therapist assists the patient by enhancing their motivation to change and helping them to build self-acceptance. DBT has been proven to be helpful in assisting patients to decrease their anxiety and depression while they are in addiction treatment.
  • Relapse Prevention Training: Learning how to empower individuals who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction by reducing the risk of relapse is a critical goal of addiction treatment. Relapse prevention training, groups may continue to meet in the aftercare phase to provide additional support and encouragement in the recovery process.

Individual counseling sessions are based on the patient’s needs. A therapy session can touch on a variety of clinical topics such as the patient’s process in addiction treatment, personal obstacles to recovery, interactions with family outside of addiction treatment, cravings, new coping skills and goals.

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How does individual counseling work?

In individual counseling, a patient works side by side with their therapist to acquire self-knowledge of their underlying issues, gain insight into their addiction and obtain a stronger sense of self. The frequency of therapy depends on the patient and their needs. For example, if a patient is suffering from substance use disorder, dual diagnosis and trauma they would be assigned in Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s addiction treatment program with three individual counselors. You would not want a math tutor to help your child study for an English test would you? The same logic should be evident in addiction treatment. With a wide range of counselors, we strategically match each patient up with the counselor that best fits their needs for long term success. The treatment process is a collaborative journey between the patient and the treatment team. Throughout individual treatments the counselor and the patient work together to move the patient forward through the many stages of recovery.


Who Performs Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment?

Each addiction treatment provider is different in the staff and approach they use to overcome drug and alcohol addiction in their patients. Understanding the psychological issues that are the underlying issues requires education and experience. The counselor who leads individual’s sessions will hold one or more of the following professional titles: Psychiatrist, Marriage and Family therapist, Certified Addiction Professional, Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Counselor or Clinical Social Worker.