We all benefit from help sometimes. During addiction recovery, you need a strong support system in place, including group and individual therapy. Your mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health can improve if you speak to a trained professional when going through difficult times. Talk therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for people in recovery. However, you should not rely solely on individual therapy. Most treatment centers and community facilities will use one-on-one therapy alongside other evidence-based treatments like medication-assisted therapy (MAT), group therapy, and alternative therapies.
Many psychotherapy methods have proven effective for treating substance use disorder (SUD). You can work with your therapist or care team to determine which one will be best for your continued recovery. Individual therapy allows you to work one-on-one with a mental health professional in a setting that is safe and non-judgemental.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists the following individual therapies as most helpful for people recovering from addiction:
Every person has unique needs; determining which therapy will work best for you depends on many factors, including dual diagnosis and practical considerations like insurance coverage. Almost all individual therapies will be either a form of psychotherapy or behavioral therapy; however, a few alternatives and holistic methods that stand out include the following:
Starting therapy for the first time may be intimidating, but knowing what to expect can make the initial stages more comfortable. Individual treatments like psychotherapy can be highly personalized so your therapist can work with you to map out goals and determine how best to utilize each session. Some benefits of attending one-on-one sessions with a trained professional during addiction recovery are the following:
A typical therapy session will involve a conversation that provides valuable insights and teaches healthy coping skills. Below is a brief outline of what to expect during your first few individual appointments:
Many people who are recovering from addiction have at least one mental health condition that requires treatment. A therapist uses individual therapy to successfully treat many disorders, including the following:
You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to benefit from using individual therapy. Psychotherapy can help you manage and cope with chronic or acute stress related to work, school, parenting, or other aspects of daily life.
A large body of evidence proves therapy is an excellent method for lowering stress and reducing the risk of relapse for people who have attended detox and rehabilitation programs. Some of the main advantages of individual therapy include the following: