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How Does Individual Therapy Work?

Individual therapy (also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy) involves working one-on-one with a trained therapist in a confidential and safe environment to treat mental health disorders and substance use disorders. At Silver Pines, in individual therapy for addiction, each client works one-on-one with a dedicated therapist to gain insight and increase awareness and control over their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In our individual therapy program, our therapists provide a safe and confidential environment where clients can explore and process the beliefs and experiences that led to their addictions and mental health disorders. Our therapists also help each client identify specific goals for treatment and provide support and feedback during each therapy session.

In subsequent individual therapy sessions, clients work on the goals established in their individualized treatment plans. As part of our individual therapy program, therapists may use a variety of interventions and treatment approaches when working with different clients. Sometimes homework is given between sessions to reinforce certain therapeutic concepts and help clients progress toward their treatment goals. The therapist may also provide recommendations for other types of support or treatment, such as medication management or support group attendance, to supplement individual therapy for addiction treatment. Individual therapy for addiction promotes cognitive and behavioral changes to support long-term recovery.

Individual Therapy at Silver Pines

As the relationship between the client and the therapist in individual therapy for addiction treatment is intended to be short-lived, it can be difficult to navigate long-term traumas. However, to help clients progress on their recovery journeys, our therapists use highly effective strategies, including, but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)contingency management therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on how cognitions (or thoughts), emotions, and behaviors relate to each other and how changing how someone views a situation can change their response. The purpose of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to change an individual’s damaging negative thoughts and feelings about themselves.

Contingency Management (CM) therapy is based on the idea that behavior is shaped by its consequences. In this type of intervention, rewards and negative consequences are provided or withheld quickly in response to measurable behaviors (for example, substance abuse as measured by a drug test, also called a toxicology screen).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based approach to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Through DBT, people learn to regulate their emotions, have more successful interpersonal relationships, increase their distress tolerance, and become more aware of their thoughts and feelings.

Individual vs. Group Therapy for Substance Abuse Recovery

Individual therapy for addiction involves counseling that takes place on a personal level. Rather than being amongst a large group of peers, like in group therapy, an individual is alone with their therapist during their treatment sessions. Depending on the treatment program, therapy sessions may continue regularly for months to help the individual break free from substance abuse and addiction.

What Are the Benefits of Individual Therapy for Addiction?

There are advantages to both individual therapy for addiction and group therapy, which is why we incorporate both in all our substance abuse treatment programs. Provided below are some of the benefits of individual therapy.

Stronger Relationships with Therapists Discussing personal issues with someone else can be difficult, but speaking with a professional who knows what you’ve gone through can be liberating. Individual therapy allows an individual to form a strong bond with their therapist, facilitating more meaningful and proactive conversations.

Deeper Introspection to Facilitate Healing Healing and recovering from addiction often requires understanding the underlying issues that led to the addiction. The process of introspection can be helpful for gaining this understanding. The benefits of this process are greater during individual therapy sessions.

Increased Trust When it comes to discussing personal matters, trust is essential. One-on-one therapy sessions can build trust between the individual and their therapist. As a result, the individual is much more likely to feel comfortable talking about their issues.

One-on-One Therapy Increases Understanding Helping someone overcome an addiction requires getting to know them on a personal level, which is much easier to do in an intimate setting. Individual therapy allows the therapist to gain a better understanding of the individual’s issues that led to their addiction.

Finding Long-Term Recovery At Silver Pines

Our drug addiction treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, and dual diagnosis treatment programs include individualized treatment plans based on each client’s needs. Individual therapy for substance abuse is a vital component of each client’s treatment plan. At Silver Pines, our substance abuse treatment programs were designed to offer a range of holistic therapies, evidence-based methods, and experiential treatment to provide the best chance at long-term recovery.

Our detox program is twofold and includes medication-assisted detox as well as social support. Our detox process consists of a full history and physical as well as a psychiatric assessment for each client within 24 hours of the client’s admission. Additionally, our licensed nurses provide monitoring and are available for assessments and treatment 24/7. During each new client’s orientation, we help our clients build connections and facilitate relationships while providing education on our program.

Our whole-person, holistic addiction treatment allows individuals to address the root cause of their substance use disorder. At Silver Pines, our residential treatment focuses on helping each client make connections that will support them in long-term recovery. Based on each client’s needs, we create individualized treatment plans designed to educate, motivate, and ensure sustained recovery.

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