Individual Therapy and Addiction Treatment

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Individual Therapy and Addiction Treatment

Psychotherapy (Individual Counseling)

In comprehensive addiction treatment during drug or alcohol rehab, individual therapy is essential for the patient in their recovery process. Individual therapy sessions are based on the patient’s needs. A therapy session can touch on a variety of clinical topics dependent on what may be occurring with the individual throughout their recovery journey. Some topics may include personal obstacles to recovery, interactions with family outside of addiction treatment, cravings, new coping skills, goal setting, traumatic experiences, self-esteem, and co-dependency.

There are a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic modalities that can be utilized by the therapist based on individual patient needs.

Types of Addiction Treatment Therapies

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 not 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 maladaptive behaviors by assisting in identifying those behaviors, as well as correcting irrational thought patterns. This is often used in many individuals who suffer from co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: (DBT) was originally developed to help suicidal patients find meaning and purpose in life. In recent years, DBT has been successfully applied in addiction treatment and shown positive results. The therapist assists the patient through the development of 4 key skill sets: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. DBT has been proven to be helpful in assisting patients to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression.

Relapse Prevention Training: Relapse prevention training is a critical goal of addiction treatment as it helps reduce the risk of relapse through awareness of high-risk situations, triggers, identifying patterns leading up to past relapses, developing a plan following treatment to remediate potential relapse, and developing skills to cope with cravings. Relapse prevention encompasses a significant portion of an individual’s journey through their addiction to recovery. Sessions that focus on relapse prevention after drug rehab can continue in the aftercare phase to provide additional support and encouragement in the recovery process.


How Does Individual Therapy Work?

In individual therapy, 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 therapist will assist the patient through the many stages of recovery and empower the patient to make positive changes. The frequency of individual therapy is generally once per week for 60 minutes, however, arrangements can be made to meet the patient’s needs if additional time is appropriate. With a wide range of therapists, we strategically match each patient up with the therapist that best fits their needs for long term success. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, the treatment process is a collaborative journey between the patient and the treatment team. Patients are assigned a primary therapist to meet with for individual therapy upon admission into inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab, however, patients will interact with all members of the treatment team during their stay.

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 and underlying issues, therapeutic modalities, and knowledge surrounding the progression of the disease of addiction requires significant education and experience. The therapist facilitating individual sessions will hold one or more of the following professional titles: Psychiatrist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Addiction Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Counselor or Clinical Social Worker.

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